Today Governor Jay Inslee announced the selected of Lynn Peterson as the new Director of the Washington Department of Transportation.
“We’re thrilled Governor Inslee is signaling a new approach to transportation, one that serves people who are working together to make neighborhoods safer for our children, while also protecting the climate,” said Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs for Cascade.
Peterson brings a lifetime of experience at all levels of government, including work on transportation choices.
She currently serves as the Sustainability Communities and Transportation Policy Adviser to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. She has a long history of work in transportation and land use issues, including stints at 1000 Friends of Oregon, TriMet, Metro (the Portland-area’s regional government), and as Chair of the Clackamas County Commission.
“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” said Gov. Inslee. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in a way that more efficiently moves people and goods and reduces carbon emissions.”
“She’ll bring a fresh perspective to one of Washington’s largest agencies,” said Manvel. “We look forward to partnering with her and WSDOT to invest in communities that are safe for people of all ages and abilities to bicycle in.”
Of interest to Cascade Bicycle Club members: Peterson rides a bike. We hope she will join us at one of our signature events.