Business Oregon Commission

The commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.

Commission Members

Kanth Gopalpur

Chair
Appointed Feb 2016
Term expires June 2017

Kanth GopalpurKanth Gopalpur is an entrepreneur and angel investor who helped found Powell's original online bookstore in 1995, then launched a career in e-commerce. As founder and CEO of software company Monsoon Works, Kanth led the company through rapid, profitable growth. The company's more than 1,000 customers used its software to process more than $1 billion in online sales. Monsoon Works appeared on the Inc. 500 list for three straight years and was a winner of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's Working Capital Company of the Year before it was sold to a private equity group in 2010. Kanth is now principal of Kestrel Advisors and serves as an advisor and angel investor to tech startups. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Growth Account, TiE Oregon and several private companies. Kanth also previously served as Business Oregon's first entrepreneur in residence.

Jessica Gomez

Appointed July 2015
Term expires June 2019

Commissioner Jessica GomezJessica Gomez developed a love of high-tech entrepreneurship working at Standard Microsystems and Integrated Micromachines. In 2003, she moved to Southern Oregon and founded Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first microelectronics manufacturing company in Southern Oregon. Gomez supports a number of community and economic development causes. She is co-chair of the Oregon Workforce Investment Board and is the chair of the Rogue Workforce Partnership. She earned a liberal arts degree from Suffolk Community College.

Paula Hayes

Appointed August 2016
Term expires July 2020

Commissioner Paula HayesPaula Hayes is the founder and CEO of Hue Noir, LLC, a cosmetics manufacturing company. She is an entrepreneurial cosmetics chemist with a degree in biology. Her success and business acumen led to senior management positions in business development, finance, marketing, strategic planning, and operations at companies including Jobete Music, Ajilon Financial, and Northwestern Mutual. Paula graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.S. in biology and has an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lewis and Clark College where she is co-chair of the Academic Affiars and Student Life Committee.

Keith A. Leavitt

Appointed July 2015
Term expires June 2019

Commissioner Keith LeavittKeith A. Leavitt oversees the Port of Portland's maritime and aviation commercial business development and its real estate portfolio. He works closely with Oregon's top traded-sector companies and maintains key relationships with the companies and people engaged in global trade. Before joining the Port of Portland in 1999, Leavitt managed ports and economic development programs at Business Oregon. Leavitt earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Oregon State University.

Win McCormack

Appointed July 2012
Term expires June 2016

Win McCormack is the President of McCormack Communications, LLC, which publishes the Tin House literary quarterly and oversees Tin House Books and the Tin House Literary Workshop held annually at Reed College. He is a principal in MediAmerica, Inc., which publishes Oregon Business magazine and Oregon Home magazine, and also produces print publications and an online magazine for Travel Oregon. McCormack also has been a principal in several national magazines, including Art and Auction and Military History Quarterly.

McCormack currently serves on the boards of Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Tourism Commission. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

Gregory Semler

Appointed March 2010, reappointed July 2013
Term expires June 2017

Gregg SemlerGregory Semler is the President and CEO of Lucid Energy, a company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, that harvests power using a turbine that turns inside water pipes. Prior to joining Lucid Energy, Gregg was the co-founder of the first clean technology venture fund in the Northwest. The Portland, Oregon-based Pivotal Investments was the first venture capital firm in the Northwest that focused on delivering superior financial return through investments in companies that would be leaders in the emerging sustainable economy.

Before co-founding Pivotal Investments, Gregg was a clean technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of chief executive experience at advanced technology companies. His experience includes successfully financing high-growth companies, executive recruitment, management of product development efforts, acquisitions, strategic alliances, OEM partnerships and direct-to-consumer marketing and distribution.

Semler has been operating clean technology companies since 2000. He was president and CEO of ClearEdge Power, a Portland, Oregon-based privately financed company that creates fuel cells for industrial and residential power applications. Before that, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyFuel, a Silicon Valley company creating fuel cells for portable, and consumer electronics applications.

Semler earned a Master of Business Administration from The Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York.

Kelley Minty Morris

Appointed August 2017
Term expires July 2021

Kelley Minty Morris Elected Klamath County Commissioner in 2014, Kelley Minty Morris is passionate about improving economic opportunities in rural Oregon. Kelley is a Trustee for Oregon Tech, is co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties Health and Human Services Committee, serves on the Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management, and co-chairs the Steering Committee for the Blue Zones Project to improve community health outcomes.

Kelley grew up in the Willamette Valley, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Pacific Lutheran University. Kelley moved to Klamath Falls to start her 12-year journalism career as a reporter and anchor for KOTI-TV. She went on to work in television in upstate New York as well, before returning to Klamath County. Kelley spent five years as the communications and outreach manager for the non-profit Citizens for Safe Schools before running for elected office.

Senator Betsy Johnson

Ex-Officio
Appointed November 2005

Senator Betsy JohnsonBetsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is serving her second term in the Oregon Senate. She joined the Senate after being appointed to fill the District 16 position formerly held by Sen. Joan Dukes. The appointment came as Sen. Johnson began her 3rd term in the Oregon House of Representatives.

A licensed commercial pilot of both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft, she founded Transwestern Helicopters, Inc., in 1978. The helicopter division of the firm was sold in 1993 and the company, now known as Transwestern Aviation, Inc., is managed by her husband, John Helm.

Sen. Johnson has served on numerous local, regional and national boards and commissions, including the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Oregon Public Broadcasting Foundation, the High Desert Museum and is a former Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sen. Johnson currently serves on a number of regional boards: she was most recently elected as a member of the Board of Visitors, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She also serves as the Vice-President of the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation.

Sen. Johnson received her undergraduate degree in History from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her Law degree from the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College.

Representative Janelle Bynum

Ex-Officio
Appointed March 2017

Rep. Janelle BynamJanelle Bynum is serving her first term as State Representative during Oregon's 2017 legislative session. She represents the residents of House District 51, which covers parts of Clackamas county.

Rep. Bynum is Vice-Chair of the committee on Business and Labor, as well as serving on the committees on Early Childhood and Family Supports, and Higher Education and Workforce Development.

Janelle operates her family's small business, running two restaurants, where she enjoys mentoring employees, providing scholarships to continue their education, and encouraging them to dream big. Janel has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration.