Margi Bradway, head of Active Transportation & Safety Division at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, plans to leave that role for a job at Metro, our region’s metropolitan planning organization.
Bradway will be Metro’s new Deputy Director for Transportation Planning (see the job listing here). She begins her new job November 13th. “I love my job at the city,” Bradway shared with us today, “but I could not pass up the opportunity to have a greater impact on the region.”
Bradway is a former environmental and land use lawyer who previously worked at the Oregon Department of Transportation where she headed up their sustainability program. When she left ODOT she was a policy advisor to ODOT Director Matt Garrett.
PBOT hired Bradway in 2014 to lead their Active Transportation Division, the part of the agency that includes many of the programs we cover often here on BikePortland: Safe Routes to School, Sunday Parkways, Vision Zero, and more. During her tenure at PBOT, Bradway played a key role in inking the deal with Nike that led to the launch of Biketown bike share, helped pass traffic safety laws (including a reduced speed limit and expanded authority for photo radar cameras), negotiated the deal with Strava to utilize the company’s dataset for planning purposes, helped make Vision Zero a top city priority, and much more.
In an announcement sent to Metro employees on Tuesday, Planning and Development Director Elissa Gerlter described the role Bradway will assume:
“As Deputy Director for Metropolitan Transportation Planning, Margi will oversee the Regional Planning, Resource Development, and Policy and Innovation teams in the department, and work closely with the Research Center. Margi will be the department’s primary liaison to key partners within multiple levels of USDOT, FHWA, FTA, and ODOT, as well as other Oregon MPOs and will work closely with these partners on matters of regulation, policy, performance, funding, reporting, research, and project development. She will also work closely with me on department wide issues such as budget and finance, our department’s racial equity strategy, and our continuously evolving business model.”
Bradway says she was drawn to work for Metro because the agency is, “Uniquely situated to bring people in this region together for a shared vision at a time when the Portland Metro region is facing many challenges, from congestion to climate change.”
PBOT’s loss is Metro’s gain. Bradway is a tireless advo-crat who cares deeply about the outcomes of her work and who has the smarts and ambition to get things done. We’re looking forward to seeing what she can do at the regional level.
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