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.

Jim CoonanJim Coonan

Oregon Growth Board

Jim Coonan is a successful entrepreneur and former CEO and investor. As a small business leader, Coonan has served as chair of Peak Audio Group, Kentrox, LLC, and Hotel Software Systems, Ltd; served as CEO and chairman of Portland's OECO Corporation; and serves as an advisor to several local funds including Mount Hood Equity Partners and Northwest Technology Ventures. Coonan graduated from Stanford University and holds an MBA from Northwestern University.

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.

Kristen GraingerKristen Grainger

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities

Kristen Grainger was appointed President of The Alliance in January 2017 to represent and advance the collective aspirations and interests of Oregon's 18 private, nonprofit, colleges, and universities. Prior to joining The Alliance, Grainger served as Gov. Kate Brown's communications director for her first two years in office; 13 years as Willamette University's vice president and assistant to the President; directed communications for the Ted Kulongoski for Governor campaign (2002), directed public affairs for Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers (1996-2002), principal and co-founder of Gainger & Tresidder, Inc. Grainger graduated from the University of Washington in 1988.

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 more than 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.

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 Tobias ReadTobias Read

Oregon State Treasurer

Tobias Read was elected Oregon's 29th State Treasurer in 2016. Prior to that, Read served in the Oregon House of Representatives where he championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure improvements, and worked to help Oregonians save for a more secure future. He earned his bachelor's degree from Willamette University and his MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Non-voting Members

Sen. Fred Girod, Senate Republican
Sen. Betsy Johnson, Senate Democrat
Rep. David Gomberg, House Democrat
Rep. Rich Vial, House Republican
Kanth Gopalpur, Business Oregon Commission Chair

Technical Advisors

David Almodovar, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
Ann Bunnenberg, EGI
Lita Colligan, Oregon Institute of Technology
David Conover, University of Oregon
Mark Frohnmayer, Arcimoto
Gordon Hoffman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Andrea Klaas, Port of the Dalles
Don Krahmer, Schwabe Williams
Sheila Martin, Portland State University
Denise McCarty, Oregon Bio Association
David McFeeters-Krone, Intellectual Assets Corp
Dave McGiverin, Northwest Food Processors Association
Doug Naimo, Triggerfinger Software
Bill Newman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Kedma Ogh, Small Business Development Center
Steve Rice, Umpqua Bank
Adrian Roberts, Battelle
Cynthia Sagers, Oregon State University
Wally Van Valkenburg, Stoel Rives