Oregon Senate confirms Kathy Wai to TriMet Board
Kathy Wai, who became the youngest person ever to be elected to the North Clackamas School Board when she took office last year, has now also become the youngest person ever on the TriMet Board.
Nominated by Gov. Kate Brown this month, Wai's appointment to the seat representing Clackamas County became official after an Oregon Senate confirmation hearing May 22. She plans to continue to serve on the North Clackamas School Board in addition to the TriMet Board and the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC Board.
Wai, 31, replaces retired Tigard City Manager Craig Prosser, who was first appointed to the TriMet Board in 2011. She was nominated along with Keith Edwards and Ozzie Gonzalez, who will replace TriMet Board members in Portland.
As field director for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Wai works to improve health and economic outcomes for diverse communities. From 2009-2012, she served on the APANO Board of Directors.
Born in Myanmar, Wai immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of 6. A first-generation college graduate, she used TriMet to attend Portland State University and St. Mary's Academy. She's lived in Clackamas County for the last 15 years.
Wai received The Asian Reporter's "Exemplary Community Volunteer" award in 2010 and a "Spirit of Portland: Equity in Practice Partnership" award from the city of Portland for integrating refugee youth and families into Sunday Parkways.