Weston Award Winner #1: Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

Weston Award Winner:
Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson


Jessica Vega Pederson has been a champion for pedestrian issues in East Portland while serving as an elected official in both the Oregon state legislature and now as a Multnomah County Commissioner.

In particular, thanks to Commissioner Vega Pederson's leadership, we saw funding for Outer Powell safety improvements dedicated in both the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions. In addition, she supported the emergency ordinance to lower speed limits and drastically redesign Outer Division St. just this year. These are two high crash corridors where we see far too many pedestrian fatalities - and she has served her East Portland constituents by continually advocating for improvements. We are so honored to celebrate Commissioner Vega Pederson's accomplishments!


Commissioner Vega Pederson, APANO Deputy Director Duncan Hwang  andOregon Walks ED Noel Mickelberry, at the Portland City Council hearing on Outer Division in 2017.

Jessica served as a state representative in the Oregon legislature where she was the first Latina elected to the House. In addition to fighting for transportation safety dollars, Jessica fought for issues such as paid sick time and pay equity to improve the lives of working Oregonians. As chair of the House Energy and Environment committee she championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix.

At Multnomah County, Commissioner Vega Pederson has championed the County’s efforts to combat climate change, represents the County at various regional transportation tables, and has focused on expanding access to early childhood education through initiatives such as the SUN program.

In addition, she serves on the board of Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and lives in east Portland with her husband and two children.