Chris Warner was appointed Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) in June 2019 after serving as Deputy Director and Interim Director. He oversees 900 employees and a half a billion-dollar capital and operating budget and is responsible for $13 billion in assets. The agency manages and maintains Portland’s transportation system and helps Portlanders get from place to place safely, easily and sustainably. Under Warner’s leadership, PBOT is dedicated to efficiently maintaining Portland’s transportation infrastructure, achieving the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities, and enhancing Portland’s high quality of life as the city continues to grow and prosper.
Warner brings over twenty years of public sector management and transportation policy expertise to his position. As a policy and legislative expert, he has served at the local, state and federal levels and has played a leading role in many of Oregon and Portland’s most consequential transportation policy initiatives.
A native Oregonian, Warner graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism. When not working, Warner enjoys spending time with his wife State Representative Barbara Smith Warner and their two children, exploring the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Oregon.