Bridgette Coleman, a Portland in the Streets Coordinator at the Bureau of Transportation, joined WE Lead in June 2019.
Bridgette grew up in San Diego, CA. After two back-to-back summers in Alaska, Bridgette and her future husband moved to Alaska in 2009. Bridgette finished her business and marketing degrees at University of Alaska Anchorage. Bridgette started working in economic development as the Business and Economic Development Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. This public facing role required Bridgette to work with many businesses from startups to multi-billion dollar native corporations. She consulted on everything from workforce development to food hubs. Bridgette enjoyed the unique economy and global positioning in Anchorage that kept her work lively and varied.
Long winters and long distance from family motivated Bridgette and her husband to move to Portland three years ago. Before joining the City of Portland at PBOT, Bridgette worked at the Oregon Food Bank. At PBOT, Bridgette works on a team that issues permits for temporary or long-term right of way for community events like block parties, farmer’s markets, pedestrian plazas, etc. Bridgette truly enjoys collaborating with her creative team of colleagues and is always looking for ways to improve their business processes.
As a member of the WE Lead Team, Bridgette is looking forward to connecting with other women in the City of Portland and creating opportunities for her colleagues to learn and grow. She enjoys Portland for the creative ideas and concepts that the city embraces, and she’s excited to be more involved.
Outside of work, Bridgette and her husband Zeke are working to remodel their 1950s cottage in St. Johns. They have two dogs, a Great Dane named Rigby and a French Bulldog named Rhino, who require lots of love, attention, and adventure time. In her free time, Bridgette enjoys Bikram yoga, drawing in her sketchbook, creating glass mosaics, and sewing.