Former PBOT staffer setting up ‘Committee on Transportation Equity’ for Biden Administration

Portrait of a person with black curly hair and glasses standing in front of a white background
Portrait of a person with black curly hair and glasses standing in front of a white background
Irene Marion. (Photo: US DOT)

A new advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation will have fingerprints of a former Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staffer all over it.

Irene Marion worked on equity and inclusion programs at PBOT for about five years before taking a job with the Biden Administration in January 2021. Now, as director of the USDOT’s office of civil rights, Marion has been tapped to re-establish the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity.

The committee was first convened in 2016 by former President Barack Obama and was dissolved under President Donald Trump.

The charge of the committee is to, “provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on comprehensive, interdisciplinary issues related to transportation equity from a variety of stakeholders involved in transportation planning, design, research, policy, and advocacy in pursuit of the Department’s equity goals.”

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