Council Members

The Oregon InC is responsible for developing a state plan for innovation and economic competitiveness. The plan is updated every biennium with a report to the Governor and Legislature every year. Council membership consists of 15 voting members appointed by the Governor and 5 non-voting members appointed by the Governor, Legislative leadership or prescribed in statute. Each voting member serves a two-year term, with the possiblilty of reappointment for one additional term.

Voting Members

Erin FlynnErin Flynn, Council Chair

Portland State University
Appointed September 2015
Term expires June 2017

Erin Flynn is Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University. In this role she aggregates and connects university assets—human capital, research, technology and innovation—with strategic business and civic partners to deliver on the region's highest priority economic, social and environmental goals.

Ben CannonBen Cannon

Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Ben Cannon is the Executive Director of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) where he oversees state funding allocations, policy-setting, and coordination for Oregon's higher education system, including community colleges and public universities. Ben is a former teacher, state representative and education policy advisor to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. He earned his BA from Washington University, St. Louis, and attended Oxford University, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning graduate degrees in comparative and international education and philosophy, politics, and economics.

David ChildersDavid Childers

Oregon Talent Council

David Childers is chairman of the Oregon Talent Council, Principal CP Kinder Investments, LLC and a Fellow of the Open Compliance & Ethics Group. In addition to writing his book, Your Business Your Baby, David is a consultant and board advisor to several technology companies and non-profits.

Daniel DorsaDaniel Dorsa, PhD

Oregon Health and Sciences University

Daniel Dorsa, PhD, joined OHSU in 2001 as Vice President for Research. In this role, he administers and coordinates academic research and ensures compliance at OHSU's three schools and several free-standing research institutes and centers. As senior vice president for research, Dr. Dorsa oversees several NIH-funded research entities including the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Monica EnandMonica Enand

Oregon Growth Board

Monica Enand is the Founder of zapproved Inc. and serves as its Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. Monica has more than 16 years experience with software development as well as experience managing business development and marketing.

Ian LombardIan Lombard

Skyline Capital
Appointed September 2015
Term expires June 2017

Ian Lombard is the Managing Partner of Skyline Capital, a Portland-based Venture Growth investment fund focused on apparel, footwear and gear companies in the Active Lifestyle market. Skyline targets companies at a growth inflection point, where consumer demand has been proven, but further expansion requires additional capital and operational scale.

Sandra MorrisSandra Morris

Café Give
Appointed September 2015
Term expires June 2017

Sandra Morris has played a central role of bringing technology solutions to consumers and business for over two decades as a technology executive. Her work drove product roadmaps, and the successful launch of consumer solutions in multimedia and digital media, business to business solutions in e-commerce and consumer information sites, and has spanned Fortune 50 to start-up environments as general manager, marketing executive and as a CIO.

Chris HarderChris Harder

Business Oregon

Chris Harder is Director of Business Oregon, appointed by Governor Kate Brown in March of 2016. Chris leads the agency in its work to help businesses grow in Oregon and see that economic opportunity is reaching each corner of the state. Chris has master's degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.

Ramamurthy SivakumarSivakumar Ramamurthy

Intel Capital
Appointed September 2015
Term expires June 2017

Sivakumar Ramamurthy is Vice President and Managing Director at Intel Capital responsible for managing the Client Computing Sector and runs the Ultrabook and Perceptual Computing funds. He has a Bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech, New Mexico, USA. He also holds a joint US Patent in network-based audio/video processing using multicast technology.

Dudley SlaterDudley Slater

Cambia Health
Appointed February 2012
Reappointed February 2015
Term expires February 2017

Dudley Slater founded and led Integra Telecom from inception to become one of the ten largest landline telecom companies in the U.S. and one of the largest companies in Oregon. He has substantial experience in competitive strategy, building and leading executive teams, sales/marketing, finance, information technologies, regulatory affairs, mergers/acquisitions, capital formation and corporate governance.

Vidya SpandanaVidya Spandana


Vidya Spandana is a tech entrepreneur, an advisor to city and federal government, and an advocate for partnerships between the private and public sector. Vidya is a strategic advisor to the city of Portland and has been integral to the design, development and launch of the Early Adopter Program: a marketplace for private sector tech solutions within city government agencies. She currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer for Popily, a data science startup.

Tom SperryTom Sperry

Rogue Venture Partners
Appointed January 2016
Term expires June 2017

Tom Sperry is co-founder and Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners, a Portland-based Private Equity Fund. Tom was CEO of Exit Games Inc and Blade3D, both venture-backed companies. He has senior management experience in software companies and is a founding member of Microsoft's Games Division.

Jud VirdenJud Virden, Jr.

Pacific Northwest National Labs
Appointed September 2015
Term expires June 2016

Jud Virden is the Associate Labratory Director at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) where he leads and manages the directorate's outstanding management and technical staff to deliver national science and technology impacts while meeting all business operational goals for a 1,000 staff, $200 million organization. Creating a supportive work environment where staff are empowered to perform world-class, innovative research and development that delivers on PNNL and client strategic priorities while advancing US competitiveness.

State Treasurer Ted WheelerTed Wheeler

Oregon State Treasurer

Ted Wheeler is a sixth-generation Oregonian and currently serves as State Treasurer. Wheeler was the Chair of the Multnomah County Commission from 2006 to 2010. Before entering elected office, he worked in the financial services industry. He earned a degree in Economics from Stanford, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard.

Brent WilderBrent Wilder

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Appointed January 2016
Term expires June 2017

Brent Wilder has served as vice president since January 2012. Brent has served as interim president and vice president of the Oregon Independent College Foundation; Associate Director of Athletics for External Reations at PSU; Assistant Director of Athletic Development and Athletic Annual Fund Director at Oregon State University; and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Oregon State. Brent received his bachelor's degree and M.A. from Oregon State University.

Non-voting Members

Sen. Fred Girod, Senate Republican
Sen. Betsy Johnson, Senate Democrat
Rep. Tobias Read, House Democrat
Kanth Gopalpur, Business Oregon Commission Chair

Technical Advisors

Lita Colligan, Oregon Institute of Technology
Cynthia Sagers, Oregon State University
David Almodovar, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
Dan Bates, Thorn Run
Josh Bratt, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Ann Bunnenberg, EGI
Jon Fink, Portland State University
Mark Frohnmayer, Arcimoto
Michelle Girts, En TRanRight
Marian Hammond, Brink Communications
Gordon Hoffman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Brad Shelton, University of Oregon
Andrea Klaas, Port of the Dalles
Ilene Kleinsorge, Oregon State University
Don Krahmer, Schwabe Williams
Sheila Martin, Portland State University
David McFeeters-Krone, Intellectual Assets Corp
Eric Meier, Cervel Neurotech, Inc
Tim Miller, Enhabit
Doug Naimo, Triggerfinger Software
Bill Newman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Lawrence Rentz, Warn Industries 

Steve Rice, Umpqua Bank
Adrian Roberts, Battelle
Wally Van Valkenburg, Stoel Rives
Dave Zepponi, Northwest Food Processors Association