Mayor Adams’ transportation director takes job with private consulting firm

Mayor Adams’ transportation director takes job with private consulting firm

Ciarlo riding in the 2009 Grand Floral Parade.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Catherine Ciarlo, who has served as Mayor Sam Adams’ transportation policy director since 2008, has taken a job with private consulting firm CH2M Hill. The Mayor’s office is expected to make the announcement any day now.

CH2M Hill is an engineering and construction consulting firm that was founded in Corvallis, Oregon in 1946 and now has over 30,000 employees in offices around the world. According to the Portland Business Alliance, the firm has about 700 employees around the Portland region and their downtown Portland offices are their largest outside their corporate headquarters in Colorado. Ciarlo will be a senior project manager.


Ciarlo and Adams at a BTA event in 2009.

Stepping up to fill Ciarlo’s position will be Katja Dillman, who currently serves as transportation policy manager. Casey Ogden, who started as an intern on Adams’ transportation team and handled some communications duties (like transportation-related posts on the Mayor’s blog) will move up to Dillman’s old job.

Ciarlo was executive director of the non-profit Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) from 1998-2005. She served as a member of the Portland Planning Commission and was the executive director of Oregon Women Lawyers prior to her job in the Adams administration.

Reached this morning for comment, Ciarlo said, “Working in the Mayor’s office has taught me a lot about the range of experience and perspectives in our city. I look forward to working with a strong private-sector company on projects that improve people’s quality of life.”

Ciarlo is expected to start her new job in October.

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