Deputy Director - Strategy and Operations
Ms. Kimberly Schneider Branam serves as Deputy Director of Strategy and Operations for the Portland Development Commission. In this capacity Ms. Branam oversees the delivery of programs and initiatives within the Central City, Neighborhood and Business & Industry Divisions 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. Her work focused on education and community development in a rural village. After the Peace Corps, Ms. Branam remained in West Africa to serve 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.