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

David AlmodovarDavid Almodovar

GSM Grosvenor
Appointed July 2018
Term expires June 2020

David Almodovar is a Principal in GCM Grosvenor's Investments Department and focuses on private equity. He is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, and relationship management. Previously, he held senior positions with the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG, Russell Investment Group, SS Thomas & Associates, and the Washington State Investment Board. Prior to his work in the investment industry, David served in the U.S. Army. He received his BA from the University of Washington and his MBA from St. Martin's University's School of Business.

Jim BauerJim Bauer

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities
Appointed August 2018
Term expires June 2019

Jim Bauer was appointed President of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (the Alliance) in July 2018. Previously, Bauer served as Vice President for Planning and External Affairs at Willamette University. Bauer's work at Willamette University covered a wide range of responsibilities that supported the development and operations of the university. His persistent record of leadership and advocacy has substantially impacted the Salem community, most recently serving as board President of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Willamette University in 1995, Bauer held administrative leadership positions at the University of Idaho over a span of 15 years. Bauer holds a MBA with highest honors from Willamette University, a master's degree in counseling and human services, and a Bachelor of Science degree in interpersonal communication from the University of Idaho.

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 ConoverDavid Conover

University of Oregon

David O. Conover is the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon (UO). He directs the office of research and innovation and oversees the university's entire research enterprise. He is committed to enhancing research excellence and strengthening the role of research, scholarship and creative activity across the university. As the chief research officer, Conover oversees the majority of UO's multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, strategic research initiatives and partnerships, research infrastructure and administration, compliance and regulatory environment, innovation and commercialization efforts. He collaborates with deans, faculty, and colleagues in areas that support the research mission of the university and works with the UO donor community to support research initiatives.

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.

Dr. Nagi NaganathanDr. Nagi Naganathan

Oregon Tech
Appointed July 2018
Term expires June 2020

Dr. Nagi Naganathan is the President of Oregon Tech. During his time there, Dr. Naganathan has focused to extend the reach, recognition, and influence of the state's only polytechnic university. His leadership helped Oregon Tech secure a new engineering and technology facility for Oregon Tech. Several new partnerships and efforts have begun or expanded, including new corporate and higher education collaborations in Oregon and across regional borders. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Dr. Naganathan served as the dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo (UT) for over 15 years and was the founding chairperson of the Mechanical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering department. He also spearheaded industry partnership work that led to a mandatory co-op program for students to work within the private sector while earning their engineering degrees.

Soundharya NagasubramanianSoundharya Nagasubramanian

Welch Allyn

Soundharya Nagasubramanian is the Beaverton Site executive for Welch Allyn—a Hill Rom company. She is a Director in R&D and a strong technical leader in software architecture and cybersecurity. She has a track record in building and retaining high performance teams and bringing new products to market efficiently. As a site lead, she has worked to create strategic alliances between Welch Allyn and other organizations including OHSU to provide innovative solutions for healthcare. As an Oregon Bioscience association board member and a board member of Oregon's Workforce and Talent Development Board, she is happy to contribute towards building and retaining talent in Oregon.

Chad OlneyChad Olney

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union
Appointed July 2018
Term expires June 2020

Chad was raised on a rural Oregon farm. He went on to earn a BA in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and an MBA from the Atkinson School of Management at Willamette University. At 23, he purchased his first business, a floundering health club. By the age of 27, he had owned three businesses and was leading a small, rapidly growing corporation while serving as vice chair of a credit union board. The culture of that organization was so inspiring it changed his career path. At the ripe old age of 31, Chad became CEO of Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union. Pacific Crest has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since its founding in 1936.

Holly RockweilerHolly Rockweiler

Appointed July 2018
Term expires June 2020

Holly is the CEO and co-founder of Madorra, a company developing solutions to improve quality of life after menopause. The company is seeking to change the paradigm for treating vaginal dryness by providing a non-hormonal medical device alternative for post-menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. She has raised seed capital and awarded several grants and business plan competition awards including NSF SBIR Phase I and IB funding and the Stanford Spectrum Pilot Research Grant. Previously, Holly was an Innovation Consultant at Boston Scientific where she participated in corporate research team, guiding them through the Biodesign Innovation process. She also developed new product requirements, foundational IP, and a plan for reducing risk in device development. She has also been a Biodesign Fellow at Stanford University where she implemented ethnographic, data-driven research techniques to identify unmet clinical needs and define user, market, and product requirements for successful solutions in urology, nephrology, and infectious disease. She was also a Senior Research Scientist at Boston Scientific for many years. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Washington University.

Vidya SpandanaVidya Spandana

Appointed July 2018
Term expires June 2020

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.

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. Christine Drazan, House Republican
Kanth Gopalpur, Business Oregon Commission Chair

Technical Advisors

Dan Dorsa, Oregon Health & Science University
Gordon Hoffman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Andrea Klaas, Port of the Dalles
Mark McClellan, Portland State University
David McFeeters-Krone, Intellectual Assets Corp
Bill Newman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Kedma Ough, Small Business Development Center
Irem Tumer, Oregon State University