Metro Councilor Bob Stacey was sworn into office in January 2012. He enjoys working with local jurisdictions on land use issues as a council liaison to MPAC. In addition, he draws from his deep experience in mass transit planning for his role as co-chair both the SW Corridor and the Powell-Division Corridor high-capacity transit projects. He is passionate about advancing affordable housing in the metro region, as well as ensuring the efficient use of land and the protection of farms and forests.
Councilor Stacey’s public sector, non-profit and law practice experience over the past 37 years included serving as executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, chief of staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, executive director for policy and planning at TriMet, partner at Ball Janik LLP specializing in land use, senior policy advisor to Gov. Barbara Roberts, planning director for the City of Portland, chief of staff to Portland City Commissioner Earl Blumenauer and staff attorney at 1000 Friends of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the American Planning Association.
During his campaign, councilor-elect Stacey stated his support for a transportation system approach that balances active transportation, transit, freight and vehicle traffic across the region. He said that funding for that system should be sensible and equitable and suggested that users fund the system as they do with public utilities. He envisioned a vibrant, pedestrian friendly region with centers and main streets serving every neighborhood, and prioritized infill over urban growth boundary expansion.
Councilor Stacey earned a B.A. in political science from Reed College and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He and his wife Adrienne share their Southeast Portland home with a daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons.