David Bragdon ’77: 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

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The Alumni Board awarded David Bragdon ’77 the Catlin Gabel Distinguished Alumni Award on June 15, 2002, during Alumni Weekend fesitivies.

David spent eight years in international marketing with Nike, Lasco Shipping, and Evergreen Airlines and five years as the marketing manager for the Port of Portland.

David was first elected to Portland’s Metro Council in 1998. Initially, he supplemented his modest income as a part-time Metro Councilor, by driving a taxi, which added to his long-standing interest in transportation issues in Portland. David has been twice chosen as the Council’s presiding officer. Currently, he is a candidate for the new position of Metro Council President.

(The Metro Council’s responsibilities include maintaining greater Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary, managing solid waste disposal for the 24-city area, developing public transportation policy, establishing wildlife protection plans, and managing the Oregon Zoo and the Convention Center.)

David has long been an activist for public policy that affects the quality of life in Portland. In eighth grade, he wrote the city’s first Bus Riders’ Guide. In a discussion of urban growth, David recently remarked, "Numbers don’t really tell you what it is like to live somewhere. There’s huge density in Paris. There’s low density in Houston. Which is a better place to live?"

The Oregonian columnist Jonathon Nicholas characterized David as "one of a handful of authentically bright stars on Oregon’s political horizon."