Joe Bessman is a licensed professional transportation engineer with 16 years of experience within the private consulting field. He started his career in the Portland area where he specialized in development services work. Joe moved to Bend, Oregon in 2008 to provide better context to address transportation needs throughout the region.  

Joe has been involved in numerous high-profile projects across the US, with notable local projects including OSU-Cascades, COCC Master Plan and Rezone, Redmond Senate Bill 1544 rezone, Bend North Area Transportation Study, and many other residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects. Public projects have included several Transportation System Plans, corridor studies, safety reviews, on-call engineering services to agencies, parking studies, and national research.

In addition to transportation engineering, Joe is an active member of the Oregon Army National Guard. Hobbies and interests include nordic skiing, biathlon, flatwater kayak racing, road biking, and trail running. Joe is married to Annie Bessman and they have three children ranging from 4 to 11 years old.