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Ms. Kimberly Schneider Branam, Executive Director for the Portland Development Commission, is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the city’s economic development and urban renewal agency.
In her previous position as Deputy Director of Strategy and Operations, Ms. Branam oversaw the delivery of programs and initiatives within the Central City, Neighborhood and Business & Industry Divisions to further the agency’s strategic objectives. Ms. Branam came to PDC in 2011, after spending four years leading Mayor Sam Adams’ economic development agenda, first as then-Commissioner 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, focusing on education and community development. After her Peace Corps service, Ms. Branam remained in West Africa as a community development project manager for Catholic Relief Services. Ms. Branam is a third generation Portlander, and a graduate of Grant High School and Colby College in Maine. She lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and two children.