Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson, who had considered running in last year's Democratic primary for governor, is joining the cabinet of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Kitzhaber's office announced this afternoon that Peterson will resign on March 11 as chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to become the Democratic governor's adviser for sustainable communities and transportation policy.
Peterson's history before heading the Clackamas County Commission includes stints as a transportation consultant, a strategic planning manager for TriMet. a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon and a transportation planner for Metro.
Also announced this afternoon was the fact that Patricia McCaig, who was Kitzhaber's campaign manager and a consultant on the Columbia River Crossing project, will be Kitzhaber's lead adviser on the CRC.
Here's the release from Kitzhaber's office:
Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Lynn Peterson as his Sustainable Communities and Transportation Policy Advisor. Ms. Peterson is Chair of the Clackamas County Commission and a nationally recognized transportation and land use integration expert. She has dedicated her career to building safe and healthy communities.
“I am pleased that Lynn will be joining my team as my Sustainable Communities and Transportation Policy Advisor,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Her knowledge, dedication and expertise will be integral to helping get Oregonians back to work building a sustainable 21st century transportation system.”
Prior to serving on the Clackamas County Commission, Ms. Peterson worked as a transportation consultant and as a Strategic Planning Manager for TriMet. She also was a transportation advocate for 1000 friends of Oregon and a transportation planner for Metro.
Ms. Peterson will lead the Governor’s policy efforts on transportation initiatives including, high speed rail, freight and highway planning and improvement, the Solar Highway, and linking transportation to housing and sustainability. The Governor has asked Patricia McCaig to be his lead advisor on the Columbia River Crossing Project. Ms. McCaig has been serving this role during the transition and will continue this work into the Administration.
"It is an honor to join the Governor's team to help communities across this state achieve their goals for healthy, vibrant and sustainable growth and development,” said Ms. Peterson. “I am excited to build on the successes we have had in such a diverse county as Clackamas and apply the lessons learned to assist cities and counties statewide."
Ms. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison and two Masters degrees from Portland State University, in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.
She will resign from the Clackamas County Commission effective March 11 and begin working in the Governor’s office on March 14.