Government & Economic Affairs  AM | September 9th

Kimberly Branam | PDC
Sep 9th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Health
10123 SE Market St | MAP

The Portland Development Commission and East Portland: The Next Five Years

PDC: Overview of the agency and its strategic priorities

  • Gateway Regional Center
  • Lents Town Center
  • Central Eastside Industrial Area
  • E-Zone and Business Development
  • Community Development through Neighborhood Prosperity Initiatives

kimberly Branan photoKimberly Branam serves as Deputy Director for the Portland Development Commission, the city’s economic development and redevelopment agency.  In this capacity Ms. Branam oversees the delivery of programs and initiatives within the Central City, Neighborhood, and Economic Development team to further the agency’s strategic objectives.  Ms. Branam comes to PDC having spent four years leading Mayor Sam Adams’ economic development agenda, first as then-Commission Adams’ Senior Policy Director for Economic Development & Workforce Development and then as Director of Economic Development in the Mayor’s Office.  In this role, Ms. Branam oversaw the development, adoption and implementation of the City’s first economic development strategy in 15 years on the Mayor’s behalf.


Prior to working for Mayor Adams, Ms. Branam earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.  While at Harvard, she consulted to the US Treasury on the strengthening of targeted public/private partnerships and spent time working in Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. Before attending Harvard, Ms. Branam worked for the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa and then served as a community development project manager for Catholic Relief Services there. Ms. Branam is a third generation Portlander, and a graduate of Grant High School and Colby College in Maine. 

Kimberly Branam
Deputy Director
Portland Development Commission
222 NW 5th Ave., Portland 97209
Phone 503-823-3794 

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