Council President Elaine Clegg

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Elaine Clegg is uniquely experienced as an advocate, nonprofit leader and elected representative who brings together diverse stakeholders and viewpoints. She was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Elaine currently serves as City Council President. She previously served as President of the Council in 2007-2009, 2016-17 and 2020-21. She served as President Pro Tem of the Council in 2018-2019.

Elaine has advocated for transportation innovative improvements. During her tenure the City has adopted a Master Streets Map to guide context sensitive roadway design, developed a roadway connectivity measurement, and completed a full Comprehensive Plan update. She has also been a leader in completing the integration of transportation and land use via corridor and new arterial master plans, and extension of the bicycle and pedestrian network citywide. The State Street corridor has been planned as the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit corridor. Clegg has twice brought initiatives to provide additional funding for more and better transit service resulting in longer hours of services and improved frequency of service on Boise highest ridership routes. Additionally, she is focused on the update of the various city zoning code sections currently underway.

Elaine has worked for Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) since 1998, where she specializes in providing community assistance by working directly with over two dozen Idaho communities. She has completed policy, zoning and pedestrian/bicycle action plans that support smarter growth through land use and transportation integration in areas around the State including a comprehensive plan update for the City of Dover. Elaine has facilitated the “Idahoans for Transportation Choices” coalition for ISG working with Idaho congressional leaders to ensure that transportation reauthorization reflects the concerns of Idahoans where she was instrumental in gaining Senator Crapo’s support for the original federal Safe Routes to School Program.

Elaine has been asked to share her broad experience via service on several boards. She represents the City of Boise on the Board of the region’s MPO – the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), serves as the past chair of the Valley Regional Transit Authority Board and represents the Boise region as President of the Association of Idaho Cities board. Nationally, Elaine is Past-President of the Board of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. She is also on the Policy Steering Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure for the National League of Cities and on the Advisory Committee for the Transportation for America Initiative of Smart Growth America.

Elaine volunteered for many years with Girls Scouts, Little League, Y-Ball, as an Art Mom and has served on numerous local non-profit boards. Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Visual Arts) from Boise State University. She and her husband Brett have five children and ten grandchildren.

Policy Focus

Sustainable Boise
Transportation & Land Use

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