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Oregon Transportation Commission Members

Commission Chair Bob Van Brocklin

Commissioner Bob Van BrocklinRobert Van Brocklin is a partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, where he works from the firm's Portland office. He is the immediate past Firm Managing Partner and CEO of Stoel Rives. Van Brocklin’s legal practice has focused on energy, land use, and infrastructure development, including on complex project siting and administrative law and policy matters. Van Brocklin currently serves on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, All Hands Raised, and the University of Oregon Law School Advisory Committee. He has also served on the boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Portland Schools Foundation, Portland Center Stage, and the Oregon Symphony Association, among others. Bob was born in Montana and raised in Oregon and is married to Sue Van Brocklin.
 
Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Van Bocklin served on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington, D.C., and as Director of Government Affairs for the City of Portland, Oregon.
 
Commission Term 
11/17/2017 to 6/30/2021
 

Commission Vice Chair Alando Simpson

Commissioner Alando SimposonAlando Simpson is vice president and owner of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling in Portland. He graduated from Portland State University with a degree in communications and has served as a board member for the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon and the Oregon Sustainability Board. Simpson is a certified LEED Green Associate, and is involved in supporting Oregon small businesses. He is on the board of the City of Portland Small Business Advisory Council. Simpson is also involved with youth sports, and currently serves as chair of the Oregon Sports Authority Advisory Council. He resides in Portland.
 
Commission Term 
7/1/2014 to 6/30/2018, 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2022

 

Commissioner Julie Brown

Commissioner JulieB Brown
Julie Brown has served as the general manager for the Rogue Valley Transportation District for 13 years, part of 24 years of experience in the transportation world. Brown served as the president of the Oregon Transit Association and has served on a number of ODOT committees, including the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee and chair of the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.
 
Commission Term
 9/28/2018 to 6/30/2020, 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2024

 

Commissioner Sharon Smith

Commissioner Sharon Smith

In 2017, Sharon Smith became a General Counsel for the Bend-La Pine School District. For 26 years, she enjoyed a robust practice with Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, with a focus on real estate, land use, and development. The school district was one of Sharon’s clients, and she found she was ready for a move at the same time it made sense for the District to bring someone in-house.

In some ways, Sharon’s current work takes her back to her roots. She grew up in a family of educators in Eugene, Oregon. Her mother, Hazel Smith, taught math at Lane Community College, and her father, Norman Smith was a marketing professor in the University of Oregon College of Business.

Sharon’s deep background in land use and contracting policy has been a great match for a rapidly growing school district. Since 1991, Sharon has assisted the Bend La-Pine District in building 17 new schools, renovating older schools and adjusting to Bend’s growing population, which has almost quadrupled in the last 30 years. She deeply appreciates that she works with so many smart and dedicated people who are doing everything they can to create the best learning environment for our future leaders.

She has also volunteered for many public improvement efforts. She has served on numerous boards addressing local development issues as well as non-profit boards helping children and families. She also co-founded the Safe School Alliance, which formed 20 years ago to improve school safety after the deadly shooting at Thurston High School.

Sharon has extensive experience in working with transportation system plans, transportation engineers, and planners.  This skill set, along with her extensive work with both private and public entities brings a valuable perspective to the Oregon Transportation Commission.  

Commission Term
9/1/2019 to 6/30/2023

 

Commissioner Maurice Henderson II

Commissioner Bob Van Brocklin

Maurice Henderson II is currently a Senior Director of U.S. Government Partnerships at Bird Rides Inc. He has worked both domestically and internationally in the public and private sectors as well as on a number of political and advocacy campaigns across the country. Whether in his time as an educator, in his roles in the public sector, advocating for working people under the banner of organized labor, or on the campaign trail for individuals and causes he supported, nearly his entire professional career has been spent working towards providing equitable access to opportunities, most recently through his work in the Smart Cities arena.

In his prior public service, he worked in various capacities at the highest levels of the local and state government as well as in the transit industry. Those roles have included, working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Chief of Staff, Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Chief Administrative Officer for the Technology office in Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Press Secretary for former Virginia Governor, now US Senator, Tim Kaine. He has served on a number of boards that are dedicated to equity, sustainability and environmental justice through expansion of electric and human powered mobility options and land use planning, NABSA, Greenroads Foundation, and Forth Mobility.

He is a member of the inaugural class for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. He holds a Bachelor’s in Leadership Studies, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and lives with his wife and their black lab in Bend, Oregon.

Commission Term 
10/01/2020 to 6/30/2024

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