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Meet the Members of the Networks PEG

Aaron Brown current serves as a Program Coordinator for the Intertwine Alliance; he previously worked in both the Council Office and Planning Department at Metro.  He is a passionate citizen advocate for walkable communities and regional trails and spends his free time collecting Portland Timbers scarves, attending meetings for numerous bicycle and neighborhood advisory committees, and biking around town in search of the perfect food cart burrito.

Carolyn Briggs has worked at the Oregon Commission for the Blind as an Orientation and Mobility instructor for 18 years. She also volunteers on the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and Willamette Pedestrian Coalition. She likes to engage in all forms of mobility.

Ivy Dunlap is a landscape architect at Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services Sustainable Stormwater Division. Her recent projects -- all of which integrate community-inspired design, public art, bike safety and sustainable stormwater landscaping -- include Holman Pocket Park, Going to the River, and Dekum Stormwater/Art/Bike Corral.  In her spare time, Ivy is an avid gardener, cyclist and knitter.

Mike Faha is Mike Faha is a founding principal at GreenWorks, a Portland-based design firm specializing in landscape architecture and environmental design. Mike is a past president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has served on several regional policy and technical advisory committees focused on green infrastructure, low-impact development and urban greenspace.

Eric Hesse is Strategic Planning Coordinator at TriMet.  In addition to coordinating annual updates of the agency’s Transit Investment Plan, he is responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s sustainability policy, metrics and analysis.  He serves as Chair of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Climate Change Standards Working Group and of the Sustainability Commitment Technical Subcommittee.  Locally, Eric has served on numerous technical and policy advisory committees for the City of Portland, Metro and the State ofOregon related to transportation and land use, climate protection and performance measurement.

Denver Igarta is a planner with the Portland Bureau of Transportation where he works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle and freight planning efforts. His recent project assignments include the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, Sullivan’s Gulch Trail Concept Plan, and the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plan.

Keith Liden, a Lead Planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff, is often involved in planning projects focused on integrating land use and transportation planning.  He has served on several advisory committees with a multi-modal transportation theme including: Citizen Advisory Committee – 1996 Portland Bicycle Master Plan; Citizen Advisory Committee – Portland Transportation System Plan; Capitol Highway Citizen Advisory Committee; Metro Transportation Policy Alternative Committee (TPAC); Steering Committee – Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030; and Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Linda Nettekoven has a background in community and organizational psychology and public health that has led her to focus on community development projects in both rural and urban settings involving planning, public engagement and community-based health promotion. A long-time board member and former Co-Chair of the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association and the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, she is also an active member of her two local business associations and currently serves on the Bureau of Transportation Budget Advisory Committee, the Public Involvement Advisory Council, and the Community Involvement Committee for the Comprehensive Plan.

Gavin Pritchard is interning at the Portland Water Bureau working with GIS and with Intel's summer engineering program.  His academic focus at Portland State University was on Housing and Urban Development; he is currently enrolled in the Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technologies program at Portland Community College.  He enjoys being involved in a wide range of civic and social organizations including Native American Youth and Family Center, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Lents-Springwater corridor habitat restoration project, and Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Lidwien Rahman, Principal Planner at ODOT, provides policy guidance on/to Transportation Planning Rule, Oregon Highway Plan, Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation System Plans (TSPs) and serves as lead planner for the region’s Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) program. Prior to joining ODOT, she was a land use and transportation planner at David Evans and Associates, City of Portland, and 1000 Friends of Oregon. She is a board member and chair of the Plans and Policy Committee of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition.

Allan Schmidt  is a Designer and Planner for Portland Parks and Recreation with a background in landscape architecture and urban design.  Allan’s main areas of focus are trail planning and the management of parklands west of the Willamette River.

Irene Schwoeffermann is a Program Coordinator at the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF).  Irene recently returned to thePortland region from Washington, DC, where she worked for national non-profit organizations and on Capitol Hill. A graduate ofHowardUniversity, Irene's personal and professional experience includes community activism, electoral mobilization, public policy and political strategy. In addition to working at CLF, Irene is a member of the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she assists with the June Key Delta Community Center.

Chris Smith is a citizen activist focusing on transportation, neighborhood issues and civic engagement. He currently serves on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and the board of Portland Streetcar Inc. He publishes the PortlandTransport.com blog, “a conversation about access and mobility in the Portland/Vancouver metro region.” His day job is as Internet Technologist for Xerox Interactive Marketing in Wilsonville. 

Peter Stark is an architect and planner with his own firm.  A member of Venture Portland and Portland Business Alliance, he is the past president and currently serves on the Board for the Central Eastside Industrial Council and is vice-chair of the CE-Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. In 2008, he was responsible for directing the Central Eastside’s Strategic Plan. In addition to inner Southeast involvement, Mr. Stark also has participated on regional committees including those for transportation, urbanization and growth. He serves on the board for Portland Streetcar Inc, and currently chairs both Neighbors West-Northwest and Cornell Road Sustainability Coalitions.  In 2009 Mr. Stark was appointed to the Portland Plan's Community Involvement Committee and continues as a member of the CIC Portland Comprehensive Plan Update.

Jay Sugnet is a senior planner with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Over the past 12 years, Jay has led a variety of land use, transportation and natural resources planning projects for the city. He is currently the project manager for the Barbur Concept Plan, an effort to create a long-term vision for the six-mile corridor, fromPortland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit.

Pia Welch is a logistics planner with FedEx Express, attracted to the position two decades ago by a job description with "travel benefits" in it.  She brings her logistics perspective to volunteer service on the Portland Freight Committee and Portland Air Cargo Association.  She has also served on a Portland Futures subcommittee and the Airport Way Interchange Committee.

Jim Owens is a public policy and community engagement specialist at Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC, specializing in public policy facilitation, citizen engagement and land use, environmental and transportation planning.  Previously, he served as Senior Planner for Polk County, at Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, as part of the management team for Portland’s Central City Plan, and as a land use planner for Virgin Islands National Park.  He boogie boards, scuba dives, cycles and always has a new joke to share.