Podcast: Khanh Pham, Oregon State Representative

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After a short hiatus, I’m really happy to be back in the rhythm of podcasting and can’t wait to share this interview with Khanh Pham, Oregon State Representative.

Rep Pham is a former community organizer who has worked with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). More recently she was founding member of the coalition that created the Portland Clean Energy Fund and it built on that momentum by playing a major role in passing three clean energy bills in its first session.

You may remember hearing Rep Pham in a previous episode, when I met her at a Youth vs ODOT rally in September last year. At the time, she was a rookie legislator and just emerging as a leader in transportation reform. Since then, she has firmly established herself in that role, speaking out with testimony on several major projects and, most notably, securing a seat on the powerful Joint Committee on Transportation in Salem. It’s also worth noting that she recently hired former The Street Trust policy director Andre Lightsey Walker to be her transport adviser.

(Pictures: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Rep Pham and I talked about all that and more in this interview. If you’re curious how a progressive Democrat from Portland will impact transportation policy in a highly partisan Legislature, what her vision is for a post-ODOT 82nd Avenue, or want structural reform of ODOT and the Oregon Transportation Commission, I think you’ll love this episode.

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