TriMet’s executive team consists of the general manager, the chief operating officer and the executive directors of the agency’s seven 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.
“I’ve never liked driving — so when I last moved, I made sure I lived close to good TriMet service. Now, Monday through Friday, I rely on TriMet 100%.
Neil McFarlane is no stranger to TriMet. He has worked at the agency for more than 20 years and has served as general manager since 2010.
During his tenure, Neil headed up the agency’s Capital Projects division where he led the development, design and construction of the Airport, Interstate, I-205/Portland Mall light rail and the WES Commuter Rail projects. As director of Capital Projects, and now as general manager, he has played an integral part of the new MAX Orange Line. In addition to his commitment to rail projects, Neil has advanced the extensive capital investments for the bus system.
Before coming to TriMet, Neil worked for Portland’s regional government, Metro, where he contributed to other key projects in the region, most notably the Oregon Convention Center.
With 30 years of experience in the Portland region’s planning and transportation field, he has worked closely and successfully with partner agencies and the community.
Neil holds a master’s in urban planning from UCLA.
Neil is also a daily transit rider, alternating between the 12 and 43 bus lines in his commute to work.
Chief Operating Officer
“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.
As Chief Operating Officer, Doug Kelsey oversees all operational and maintenance functions, along with information technology, and he also chairs the agency’s Capital Committee.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director of Finance and Administration
“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.
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.
“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!).
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.
Executive Director of Maintenance Operations
“During my transit career, I’ve come to realize how important of a role public transit plays in people’s daily lives. To some, it is their lifeline! I am proud to be a part of one of the country’s top providers of public transportation, and it feels good to know that our efforts to provide safe, clean and dependable transit alternatives truly do make a difference in our community.
Sam Marra brings more than 30 years of expertise in transit maintenance and operations. His career has encompassed working with various bus builders and with federal, state and local jurisdictions on the operational development of alternative fuel vehicles including compressed natural gas (CNG), biodiesel, hybrids and electric powertrain technologies.
Sam is responsible for directing the maintenance of TriMet’s multi-modal fleet, including buses and MAX Light Rail, and will help lead the agency in its ongoing investments in MAX maintenance and infrastructure to improve safety, reliability and on-time performance.
Prior to coming to TriMet, Sam was a project manager and fleet maintenance consultant for Jacobs Engineering. There, he worked on a wide variety of transit fleet maintenance projects that range from development of technical specifications for bus rapid transit (BRT)-style buses to conducting Federal Transit Administration required audits.
During his time at AC Transit in Oakland, Calif., Sam managed their fleet of roughly 800 buses and support vehicles as well as multiple repair and operational facilities. Additionally, he served as director of maintenance at Veolia Transportation in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and at Lane Transit District in Eugene.
Exective 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.
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.
Executive Director of Safety and 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.
Harry Saporta is responsible for leading the safety, security, emergency management and environmental services functions at TriMet.
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.
Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources
“I grew up on a Navy base in the Mojave Desert where using public transit meant hitching a ride in the back of the security guard’s pickup truck. What a difference TriMet makes in attracting both young professionals and retirees who want carefree mobility and great place to live and work.
Randy Stedman has over 30 years of experience in labor relations and human resources. He has served as the chief human resources officer and a member of the executive committee in five organizations in both the public and private sectors.
Randy joined TriMet in late 2011 from Workplace Practices Group where, as founding principal, he provided labor relations consulting, workplace investigations, expert witness testimony, EPL compliance audits, interim executive services and executive search services.
He has a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Hayward, majoring in sports law and social and political philosophy.
Randy and his wife live in Oregon City with their cat, Simone Churchill.
Executive Director of Capital Projects & 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.
Steve Witter directs all aspects of Capital Projects’ 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 for Capital Projects, 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.
To reach a member of TriMet’s executive team, contact:
TriMet Executive/Board Administrator
1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97201