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June 2020

Meet your Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee members

ODOT’s Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee works to prioritize equity and mobility in designing the state’s regional toll program.

Committee members participate in a reception on May 27 to build relationships.Committee members participate in a reception on May 27 to build relationships.

The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee has 15 members — some appointed by ODOT’s director and others selected through an open application process — who bring a spectrum of equity and mobility experiences and perspectives.

We selected members using 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 City 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. Our 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; we named three of them to serve at-large.

Name
Organization
Abe Moland

Clackamas County Health and Transportation

Amanda Garcia-Snell

Washington County Community Engagement
Bill Baumann
Human Services Council
Diana Avelos Leos
League of United Latin American Citizen
Latino Youth Conference
Dr. Philip Wu
Oregon Environmental Council
Dwight Brashear
SMART
Eduardo Ramos
At-large member
City of Tigard
Fabian Hidalgo Guerrero
Causa
Germaine Flentory
Beyond Black/Play, Grow, Learn
Ismael Armenta
At-large member
Oregon Walks
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


Alando Simpson, Oregon Transportation Commission Vice Chair, serves as the EMAC liaison.  

Phil Ditzler, Federal Highway Administration, serves as an ex-officio member.

The committee will advise the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT on strategies for toll projects planned on I-5 and I-205, during the NEPA process. In that capacity, members will offer guidance in solving problems with the regional transportation network and work to benefit historically and currently underserved and underrepresented communities.

Christine Moses, facilitator/change-manager and Chief Executive Officer for Buffalo Cloud Consulting, LLC, facilitates the Equit Christine Moses, facilitator/change-manager and Chief Executive Officer for Buffalo Cloud Consulting, LLC, facilitates the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee.

Christine Moses, Chief Executive Officer for Buffalo Cloud Consulting, LLC, facilitates committee meetings. She describes herself as a community builder, change manager, and facilitator who believes everyone should win. 

As a facilitator/change-manager, Christine helps people understand each other so they can find solutions to their social justice, equity, inclusion, communications, and strategic planning issues. Her expertise in bringing people together will be critical to support the committee as they address complex issues for the I-205 and I-5 toll projects. 

"I firmly believe that when we address our equity issues and create inclusive education systems and workplaces, everything else falls into place," said Christine. 

Committee members participated in an online reception May 27 to meet and build relationships with one another. The first committee meeting is scheduled for June 29. Due to recent events in our local community and nationally surrounding systemic racism, we are dedicating the space to a Listening Session. This listening session will be held from 5:30-8:00pm. All meetings are open to the public.

Visit our Advisory Committee page for more information.


Community leaders work with communities of color, immigrants and refugees to advise ODOT

Community leaders will advise ODOT on the barriers and impacts of tolling.

ODOT collaborates with the Community Engagement Liaisons Program to hire community liaisons. The liaisons recruit community members to boost culturally-specific and authentic public participation in our work. Liaisons work all over Oregon and Washington, but the majority reside in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Led by small business owner Ping Khaw, program liaisons think about ways to overcome barriers while exploring opportunities to form deeper connections with communities. As liaisons help us bridge cultural gaps, the collaboration enriches the public participation experience and provides communities with information.

Liaisons from underserved communities such as African, Latinx, Asian, Arabic and Slavic help identify specific ethno-cultural and language communities within the project area for the I-205 and I-5 toll projects team. These partnerships support and stimulate meaningful dialogue about the project while advancing these communities’ interests.


In community... from a distance

I-205 and I-5 toll projects team adapts to community involvement in the age of COVID-19.
Toll project team members met with  scouts from West Linn May 1.

Toll project team members met with scouts from West Linn May 1.

The next generation of travelers will shape traffic patterns through the greater Portland area for decades to come. So on May 1, the I-205 and I-5 toll projects team conducted a virtual meeting with the West Linn Scouts to give them an overview of tolling.

We used Zoom to reach out to the 12- to 17-year olds, who asked lots of great questions, including how tolling might affect their families, what it might mean for driving to school in the future, and how future traffic might affect their ability to ride a bike to school.

Also in May, we hosted a webinar for regional partner agency staff representing local governments throughout the region. Then, we kicked off June with a webinar for the ODOT Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation.

While COVID-19 makes community outreach more challenging, we are grateful to have technology solutions that allow us to continue providing virtual briefings to local governments and communities.

To see a list of recent and future toll briefings, visit our calendar. To request a webinar, email the project team at oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.

We look forward to the time when we can gather again in person. Until then, we’ll see you online! ODOT follows Governor Kate Brown’s executive order on public gatherings to ensure the safety of everyone who participates. Would your organization like a virtual briefing? Send us an email at oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.

Watch for announcements for how ODOT’s commitment to slowing the spread of COVID-19 will affect summer engagement.



 


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