Maurice HendersonChief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Portland

Maurice A. Henderson II serves as the Chief-of-Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. In that role he acts as the Mayor’s primary advisor, Council and City Bureau liaison, and lead of the office’s overall strategies.

Before being appointed by Mayor Wheeler he served as the Assistant Director for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) where he joined in April 2015 after spending nearly a decade of service in a variety of executive leadership roles for the past three mayors of Washington, DC, including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. He oversaw Maintenance and Operations, Internal Business Services, Development, Transit and Permitting as well as Asset Management. He also led the City of Portland’s Top Seven Finalist UB Mobile PDX proposal in the first of its kind $40 million US Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge ( to which 78 total US cities applied.

Before his appointment as the PBOT Assistant Director, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an agency with an operating budget of over $100 million and responsible for operating over $1 billion in municipal IT assets. He also managed the most successful census count in the history of the District of Columbia as the DC Counts Campaign Director starting in October 2009 leading the process to engage, educate and mobilize the District’s residents to participate in the 2010 US Census, which translated into billions in federal assistance for the District of Columbia. He began his District Government career in the summer of 2007 by serving as the Chief of Staff for OCTO under then-CTO and first U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra.

Prior to arriving in the District to serve in the Fenty administration in July 2007, he was appointed as the Deputy Press Secretary for then-Virginia Governor and now-U.S. Senator Tim Kaine where he was the governor’s travelling press and logistics point person. Henderson has also worked across the country on a number of political and advocacy campaigns and projects focused on economic opportunity and equity, including working for the United Steelworkers International (USW) out of its Pittsburgh headquarters. He also has both domestic and international experience in business development and education having spent nearly four-year living
and working abroad in Hungary, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Sojourner-Douglass College as well as teaching certificates for English as a Second Language and Business English.

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