Executive Team

TriMet’s executive team consists of the general manager, the chief operating officer and the executive directors of the agency’s divisions.

The team works together for the delivery of safe and reliable transit service for residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The executive directors are responsible for the performance of their employees, their budgets and, ultimately, their division’s role in the overall performance of the agency.  

Doug Kelsey
General Manager

Having worked for many years in business, public transportation is one of the few services where I not only frequently use our services but also get to support our front-line team. They directly improve the quality of life for so many, every day. It’s such a unique privilege and calling to actually help shape the region you live in for the next 100 years.

Photo of Doug Kelsey Doug Kelsey

Doug provides critical transportation and urban planning leadership and analysis. Before joining TriMet, Doug served as Chief Operating Officer at TransLink in Vancouver, B.C., and president of the bus and rail companies. He was directly responsible for the transportation plans for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, and he has supported the strategic plans of other Olympic Games, including London and Sochi.

Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Principia College and also graduated from the CEO Program at the Kellogg School of Management. He has had an extensive career in the private sector, where he oversaw operations, strategy and planning for organizations such as Shell and Starbucks.

 


Maurice Henderson
Chief Operating Officer

Photo of Maurice Henderson Maurice Henderson

Maurice leads TriMet’s Transportation and Maintenance divisions, oversees Information Technology and provides leadership to the Safety and Security Division. His work helps ensure a commitment to policies and practices that support safety as the agency’s fundamental value. In addition, he provides planning leadership, oversight of the deployment of capital projects and development of the business plan.

Prior to joining TriMet, Maurice served as chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives for Portland mayor Ted Wheeler. He also gained operational and strategic experience from his time as assistant director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, where he helped elevate the importance of transit in the city.

Maurice brings leadership experience from his time in Washington, D.C., where he held top roles in the administrations of three mayors and with former Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. He also held leadership positions with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Contracting & Procurement and the Sports & Entertainment Commission.

Maurice earned a bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and a Master of Public Administration from Sojourner-Douglass College. He continued his studies as part of the inaugural class of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and he is also a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

 


Bernie Bottomly
Executive Director of Public Affairs

I think the Portland region is one of the great places to live and work. TriMet is a huge part of what makes Portland the wonderful place that it is. It’s a privilege for me to be a part of the team that plays such an important role in serving this community.

Photo of Bernie Bottomly Bernie Bottomly

Bernie Bottomly, executive director of public affairs, oversees TriMet’s governmental affairs, communications, customer service and planning/policy departments.

Bernie worked at TriMet from 1993 to 2002 as the agency’s legislative director, with responsibility for state and regional legislative affairs as well as regional transportation finance policy.

Prior to his work at TriMet, Bernie served as district administrator for U.S. Congressman Les AuCoin (D-OR) for almost a decade with responsibility for natural resource, transportation and economic development policy. After his work at TriMet, he became a director at Pacific Power with responsibility for community services in Oregon, Washington and California. Following this position, he served as the vice president of government affairs and economic development for the Portland Business Alliance. He has been the Alliance’s staff liaison to the Oregon Business Plan and has served on the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation Budget Advisory Committee and the Central City 2035 Technical Advisory Committee, among many others.

As a native Oregonian — raised in Beaverton — and a graduate of the University of Oregon, Bernie brings a wealth of understanding of the critical role transit plays in our region. And with his vast experience inside and outside of TriMet, he’s developed an expertise in working alongside both businesses and community groups.

 


Dee Brookshire
Executive Director of Finance & Administrative Services

I believe that working with public transit is as much a calling as an occupation, and working at TriMet provides the ultimate industry opportunity to serve a truly transit-oriented community at one of the country’s finest transportation organizations.

Photo of Dee Brookshire Dee Brookshire

Dee Brookshire has more than 20 years of experience in public agency and private sector finance. Among her many community involvements, Dee has served on the finance committee for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Sacramento Business Services Center.

She also served as the chief financial officer for the Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) District for seven years.

Dee led economic recovery efforts at RT, bringing back more efficient and cost-effective transportation services following the economic downturn.

In addition to her financial experience in transit, she has worked for public utility districts and city government, and as a public agency consultant. Her background includes substantial debt restructuring and multiple bond issuances for public agencies. She has also aided in successful labor negotiations for agencies with multiple bargaining units.

Dee joined TriMet in 2014, and she is responsible for directing the agency’s financial service, providing oversight and directing procurement and contracts, financial analysis and grants. She will continue the work of the agency’s 5-year plan to ensure financial stability.

Dee received her MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and received her B.S. in Business Administration-Finance/Economics from California State University, Sacramento. She is also a Certified Government Financial Manager through the Association of Government Accountants.

 


Shelley Devine
General Counsel

As an avid, lifelong reader, I enjoy my daily commute on the Green Line, which allows me time to read an average of one book each week (and I love to give book recommendations, too!).

Photo of Shelley Devine Shelley Devine

Shelley Devine joined TriMet in March 2008 as senior deputy general counsel, focusing on labor, employment and operations. In March 2014, she was named general counsel, overseeing the Legal Department and advising the general manager and TriMet Board.

Prior to coming to TriMet, Shelley served as in-house counsel for two national companies headquartered in Portland, KinderCare and Hollywood Video. She spent the early years of her career as a litigation associate and partner in the San Francisco office of national law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Shelley received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was Book Review Editor of the California Law Review. She received her B.A. in Journalism with honors from the University of Oregon.

A native Oregonian, Shelley remembers as a “tween” riding TriMet on Saturdays to the “exciting new transit mall” downtown to explore the library, museums and department stores. She still rides TriMet regularly.

 


Roland Hoskins
Executive Director of Maintenance Operations

A vibrant transportation system is the heart of a city; it builds community and provides opportunity for everyone. I am fortunate to be part of the TriMet team working to deliver safe and reliable service to our community.

Photo of Roland Hoskins Roland Hoskins

Roland Hoskins oversees the maintenance of TriMet’s buses, light rail vehicles and non-revenue vehicles.

Roland has more than 30 years of expertise in business management, human resources, labor relations and organizational development. Before joining TriMet, he served as Assistant General Manager of Administration at Lane Transit District in Eugene, Oregon, where he directed the agency’s finance, administration, human resources and procurements departments, as well as managed its $185 million operational and capital budget.

Roland received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

 


Patrick Preusser
Executive Director of Transportation

“I’m pleased to be working for a highly-regarded transit agency in a community that’s committed to multimodal transportation. I believe in TriMet’s mission, and look forward to working with our employees to build upon current accomplishments, advance safety and grow our service. Success to me is being proactive and preventing problems through analysis and process improvement.

Photo of Patrick Preusser Patrick Preusser

Patrick Preusser leads the operational activities for bus, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and LIFT paratransit service. The division includes about 1,750 employees who deliver more than 101 million rides a year.

Patrick brings 19 years of railway experience working in both public and private sector operations, including freight, commuter, passenger and transit, all with a dedication to advancing safety and operations. He comes to TriMet from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he served as Operations Manager for the Saudi Railway Company (Serco). Prior to that, Preusser was Executive Director of Rail Operations for Metro in Los Angeles; he has also worked for Amtrak and for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Rail Administration.

Patrick has a Master of Intermodal Transportation Management from University of Denver and is currently completing a second master’s degree in Public Administration.

 


Marla Blagg
Incoming Executive Director of Safety & Security

Photo of Marla Blagg Marla Blagg

Marla Blagg is responsible for leading the safety, security, emergency management and environmental service functions at TriMet. She will be working closely with retiring Executive Director of Safety and Security Harry Saporta to ensure a smooth transition in advance of his departure from TriMet in early 2019.

Prior to joining TriMet, Marla spent six years as emergency manager at BART, where she established the transit agency’s first emergency operations center. She has nearly 20 years of emergency operations, management and training experience across law enforcement, fire, public health and transit.

Marla is a member of APTA’s Security Emergency Management Task Force Committee and serves as an adjunct professor for the Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute at Texas A&M University’s Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). She provides real-world training to first responders and public service professionals on disaster management, and she received a commendation for her emergency response efforts during Hurricane Irene in 2012.

Marla has a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the University of Calgary and a doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College West. She is also a graduate of the University of the Pacific’s Transit and Paratransit Management Training Program.

 


Harry Saporta
Retiring Executive Director of Safety & Security

I believe in public transit and the important service it provides to the Portland metro area. I truly enjoy what I do and work hard every day to ensure the safety and security of our riders and employees.

Photo of Harry Saporta Harry Saporta

Harry Saporta is working with incoming Executive Director of Safety and Security Marla Blagg to ensure a smooth transition in advance of his early 2019 retirement.

Immediately prior to joining TriMet, Harry led the Surface Transport Safety and Security Project for Good Harbor Consulting, where he supported the development of the safety and security master plan for all modes of surface transportation for the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport and provided safety and security technical support to the Etihad Railway Project in the United Arab Emirates.

Harry also served as the director of the office of safety and security for the Federal Transit Administration before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff. In this capacity at the FTA, Harry was responsible for developing programs to meet the safety, homeland and transit security and emergency management needs of the public transportation industry throughout the United States.

Harry was awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary’s Ribbon Award for development and implementation of the Five-Point Homeland Security Program that provided a strategic plan for combating potential acts of terrorism against public transportation agencies.

Harry has a B.S. in Transportation Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an M.P.H. in Safety Management from Tulane University. He is also a Certified Safety Professional.

 


Kimberly Sewell
Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources

Photo of Kimberly Sewell Kimberly Sewell

Kimberly Sewell has over 20 years of experience in law and labor relations. Formerly TriMet's Director of Legal Services, Kimberly has been with TriMet since 2002.

In her previous roles in the Legal Services Division, Sewell has developed a keen insight and understanding of employment and labor laws. She worked closely with the Labor Relations team, representing TriMet before the Employment Relations Board, resolving grievances, interpreting contracts and participating in negotiations and mediations.

Kimberly has also provided critical guidance to TriMet’s Human Resources team. She helped establish TriMet’s workers’ compensation program, assisted on development of HR policies and procedures, and advised the agency on state and federal employee rights and equal employment opportunity laws.

She has a J.D. from the University of Oregon's School of Law and received her bachelor's degree from Long Beach State University.

 


Steve Witter
Executive Director of Engineering & Construction

As a young person growing up in Portland, TriMet was my ticket to get to school, have fun with friends and travel to my summer jobs. TriMet’s investments in the region’s transit network have made this a truly special place. It is so rewarding to be a part of the team that makes this region one of the most livable communities in the nation.

Photo of Steve Witter Steve Witter

Steve Witter directs all aspects of Engineering and Construction’s planning, development, design and construction, and improvement of TriMet’s transit system, including many “state of good” repair efforts, the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project, and the Southwest Corridor light rail project.

He joined TriMet in 2001, working in various capacities on other capital projects, including conceptual design of the MAX Green Line (opened in 2009), the MAX Yellow Line (opened in 2004), WES Commuter Rail (opened in 2009) and planning work for the Columbia River Crossing. Most recently, Steve served as Program Manager on proejcts including the agency’s MAX Orange Line, known as the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Steve has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and has taught design and graphics courses as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Portland State University.

A lifelong Portland resident, he lives with his family in SE Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood.

 


Contact

To reach a member of TriMet’s executive team, contact:

Kelly Runnion

TriMet Executive/Board Administrator
1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97201

Phone: 503-962-4831
Fax: 503-962-6451
Email Kelly

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