David Bragdon

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David Bragdon in 2009

David Bragdon (born 1959) is a politician in the U.S. states of Oregon and New York. From 2003 to 2010, he was president of Metro, a regional government entity in the Portland metropolitan area, and had been a Metro councilor since January 1999. In September 2010, Bragdon assumed a new position as Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for New York City.[1]

In the private sector, Bragdon has driven a cab, worked in shipping at Nike, chartered freighters, represented Evergreen Airlines,[2] and worked as a marketing manager for the Port of Portland.[3] He chaired the Oregon Port Planning and Development Advisory Committee under Governor Neil Goldschmidt in the late 1980s. His brother, Peter Bragdon, was Governor Ted Kulongoski's chief of staff in the early 2000s.[4] He ran for the Oregon House of Representatives in 1996, but lost to Chris Beck in the Democratic primary.[5][6]

Bragdon was first elected to the Metro Council in 1998. He was elected regionwide as the first Metro Council President in 2002 (taking office January 2003), and was re-elected in 2006 without an opponent.[7] He is a train enthusiast,[2] and as a kid wrote a 20-page booklet for TriMet about bus riding and how to use the TriMet bus system.[8][9] In response to speculation that he would run for mayor of Portland in 2008, Bragdon issued a press release stating that he would not run for office in any city in that year.[10] He was a member of the Big Look Task Force, which works on land use policy in Oregon.[11]

Bragdon is the oldest son of former Reed College president Paul Bragdon. He was originally a native of New York City, where he lived until age 12 when his family moved to Portland.[3] He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in government.[3][12]

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  1. ^ "Metro Council President David Bragdon Selected to Guide New York City's Urban Transformation" (Press release). Metro. August 11, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Korn, Peter (April 9, 2009). "In Character with David Bragdon". Portland Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Crombie, Noelle (August 11, 2010). "Metro Chief David Bragdon Leaving for Top New York City Post". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neil's Network". Portland Tribune. May 21, 2004. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://oregonvotes.org/pages/history/archive/may2196/pamphlet/srep/bragdnD.html
  6. ^ http://oregonvotes.org/pages/history/archive/may2196/other.info/rep1-36.htm
  7. ^ "An interview with Portland Metro Councilor David Bragdon". Daily Journal of Commerce. December 15, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "14-year-old authors Tri-Met rider aid". The Oregonian, June 20, 1974, p. 18.
  9. ^ The Bus Rider's Manual, or Everything you always wanted to know about Tri-Met, but didn't know who to ask listing at Amazon.com.
  10. ^ "Bragdon not to run for mayor of any city in 2008" (Press release). December 1, 2007. 
  11. ^ Lee van der Voo (January 15, 2009). "A RETROSPECTIVE: Looking back at Judie Hammerstad’s political career". Lake Oswego Review. 
  12. ^ "DJC Newsmaker Award Winner, David Bragdon: Transportation Keeps". Daily Journal of Commerce. March 11, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 

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