From Portland Afoot
Sam Adams is, as of January 2013, executive director of City Club of Portland. He was previously the mayor of Portland and the elected head of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, among other bureaus. He was first elected to the city council in 2004 and took office in 2005. In 2008 he was elected mayor, taking office in 2009, and succeeded by Mayor Charlie Hales in 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election.
Adams had previously served as chief of staff to former Mayor Vera Katz.
 Transportation priorities
According to Catherine Ciarlo, Adams' transportation policy director, his transportation priorities were built around:
- affordability and
- the economics of moving freight.
Ciarlo said Adams' "pragmatic" way of framing transportation problems makes him able to "make transportation real for people who don't consider themselves transportation activists."
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