TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. We connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution—making the Portland area a better place to live. More
Board of Directors
TriMet is governed by a seven-member board of directors, appointed by the Governor of Oregon.
The board members represent, and must live in, certain geographical districts. The term of office is four years, but a board member serves at the pleasure of the governor. Board members are volunteers and can serve up to two four-year terms. The board sets agency policy, enacts legislation (taxing and ordinances relating to policy ordinances), and reviews certain contracts.
Bruce Warner is the president of The Warner Group LLC, which is involved in transportation, land use and management consulting.He has more than 32 years of directorial experience in a broad range of public works, public administration, economic development, land use and transportation.
As the former executive director for the Portland Development Commission, Warner was responsible for the overall leadership and management of the City's redevelopment, housing, and economic development programs and projects.
He has also served as the director for the Oregon Department of Transportation, the director of Land Use and Transportation for Washington County, a city engineer/building official for the City of Hillsboro, and the chief operating officer and director of Regional Environmental Management at Metro.
Joe Esmonde is the Business Representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, a labor union that represents active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. Esmonde has been a part of the organization for 25 years.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Esmonde received his Bachelors Degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. After moving to Portland, Esmonde completed a five-year apprenticeship with the IBEW training center and has been a distinguished member since. He has served on many boards including several health and pension trusts boards.
Esmonde rides bus lines 44 and 45, which serve his neighborhood, and is also a frequent rider of Portland Streetcar. Esmonde and his family have lived in Southwest Portland since 1980.
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Consuelo Saragoza is senior adviser to the Multnomah County Health Department's Public Health & Community Initiatives. She has held director-level positions with the Health Department since 2000. As a public health professional, Saragoza has an interest in the livability of the community, which includes neighborhood and underserved populations' access to public transportation.
She also worked as community coordinator for Portland Impact, and program director and then executive director of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, roles that helped her become passionate about ensuring all populations have access to education, jobs and community services.
Saragoza is a regular transit rider and has participated in the Low Car Diet challenge and experienced firsthand the critical role of transit.
Dr. T. Allen Bethel
Board Vice President
Dr. T. Allen Bethel is the senior pastor of Maranatha Church of God, where he has served since July 1994. He is also involved in many civic activities, including serving on the boards of Warner Pacific College, North Portland Bible College and the Albina Ministerial Alliance.
Dr. Bethel has extensive experience with mass transit and public involvement with organizations and businesses in the Portland region and will work to ensure transit, project development and community involvement are all closely aligned. As part of the "Big Dig" project in Boston, MA, he served as chair of a task force charged with managing the relocation of a light rail line, the public meetings about the relocation, and the design and construction of the necessary new stations.
He earned a bachelor of theology degree from Kansas City College and Bible School, graduating cum laude with further study from the Nazarene Theological Seminary. Dr. Bethel also has a master's in religious education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from the Southern California School of Ministry.
Travis Stovall is president of The Stovall Group, a consulting firm he founded to assist start-up businesses and companies looking to grow and reorganize. As a healthcare administrator, he has directed multi-million dollar development projects.
Stovall is active in the community and has been recognized for his leadership of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Craig Prosser is recently retired after six years as the City of Tigard's city manager. During that time, he made major improvements to two key intersections on Pacific Highway, funded in part by the City's first local gas tax. He also oversaw the City's recent bond rating upgrade from A1 to AA, a two-level increase during difficult economic times.
Prosser has been in public service for more than 35 years. Prior to his role as Tigard's city manager, he served for six years as their finance director, developing the city's annual operating budget and five year financial forecast. He was also instrumental in putting together a consortium of 24 Oregon cities to conduct the state's first joint audit of a utility franchise (Portland General Electric), recovering $3.2 million for the consortium cities. Prosser served over six years as Metro's Financial Planning Manager, supervising the Financial Planning Division, developing the annual operating budget, and instituting Metro's first five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
He served on the Lake Oswego City Council from 1995 to 2000 and on the board of directors at the Three Rivers Land Conservancy from 2000 to 2004 (including two years as the Three Rivers Land Conservancy's treasurer). He is currently a member of the Lake Oswego Budget Committee.