The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee has 15 members, including members appointed by the ODOT director and selected through an open application process.
The 15 committee members represent a spectrum of mobility and equity interests. We selected members for the experiences and perspectives they can offer as Oregon develops the toll program.
Forming the committee was a collaborative process between states, cities and counties. To start, we asked local agencies in Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah and Clark counties, as well as the cities of Vancouver and Portland, for their advice on who should represent their communities. For transit and ride services representation, we asked TriMet, Ride Connection, CTRAN, and SMART to identify members with equity and mobility experience. Then, to add experience in active transportation, racial equity, social equity and large business, we invited regional partners to offer recommendations. County coordinating committees and their technical staff in Clackamas, Washington and East Multnomah counties contributed, as did nearly 20 non-profit organizations in the Portland metro area.
We designated three at-large committee members through an open application process. ODOT's project team reviewed more than 40 applications using a blind review system. They selected top candidates on diversity and equity criteria, including: commitment to, and experience in, supporting or advocating for equitable processes and outcomes; experience with the transportation system in the Portland metro area and/or Southwest Washington; and, interest in participating on the committee. From the original pool, the project team created a “short list" of five candidates; ODOT named three of them to serve at-large.
Abe Moland Clackamas County Health and
Amanda Garcia-Snell Washington County Community
Bill Baumann Community in Motion
Diana Avalos Leos League of United Latin American
Citizens Latino Youth Conference
Dr. Philip Wu Oregon Environmental Council
Dwight Brashear SMART
Eduardo Ramos At-large member
Fabian Hidalgo Guerrero Causa
Germaine Flentroy Beyond Black/Play, Grow, Learn
Ismael Armenta At-large member
James Paulson WorkSystems Inc Board
John Gardner TriMet
Kari Schlosshauer At-large member
Safe Routes Partnership
Michael Espinoza Portland Bureau of Transportation
Park Woodworth Ride Connection
Sharon Smith, Oregon Transportation Commissioner, serves as the committee liaison.