Presenter Biographies

 

Dwayne Barnes

Utility Operations Manager
City of Salem
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Dwayne has worked in municipal public works at five Oregon cities over the last 34 years, holding various positions ranging from water treatment plant operator to public works director. He is currently the Public Works Utility Operations Manager at the city of Salem where he manages water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collections, pumps and controls, and stormwater operations. Dwayne holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Water Distribution Operator IV, Water Treatment Plant Operator III, and Wastewater Collection System Operator III.

 

Brenda Bateman, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
Business Oregon

Dr. Brenda Bateman is the Assistant Director for Operations and Finance at Business Oregon. Previously, she served as Science Chief and Senior Policy Coordinator at the Water Resources Department, co-authoring the 2012 and 2017 versions of Oregon's state water plan, The Integrated Water Resources Strategy. In her early career she worked for Oregon's second largest drinking water provider, as well as a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that focused on socially responsible investment. As past president of the American Water Resources Association, she represents AWRA internationally in venues such as the World Water Forum and World Water Congress. She has a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and master's and bachelor's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

 

Paul Berg

Jacobs Engineering

Paul has worked as a water systems engineer and project manager for CH2M HILL, now Jacobs Engineering, for the past 32 years. His career has been focused on serving Oregon water utilities. He has led master plan and treatment studies, as well as designs. Recent projects have included storage planning for the Medford Water Commission, design of large diameter pipeline river crossings for Corvallis, and design of a new water supply and treatment system for the Seal Rock Water District. He regularly consults for the U.S. State Department on water quality and treatment issue for embassies worldwide. Paul holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from OSU. In addition to being an Oregon registered professional engineer, he is also a certified water rights examiner.

 

John Boren

Freight Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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John Boren is in his second year of service as the Freight Program Manager in ODOT's Transportation Development Division. In his current role as the lead freight planner for ODOT, he works to implement and update the Oregon Freight Plan and on policy development and project selection with the Connect Oregon grant program.

 

James Burke

Water Division Director
McMinnville Water and Light
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Romana Cohen

SEM Coach
Stillwater Energy
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Romana has more than ten years of experience in organizational change management. Romana currently manages workshops and roundtables for Puget Sound Energy's UrbanSmart Bellevue project as well as delivery for the Energy Trust of Oregon. She holds an MBA from Presidio School of Management and B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College.

 

Kerri Cope

Water Management and Conservation Analyst/Reuse Coordinator
Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)
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Kerri Cope has been with the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) since October 2014. During that time, she has worked as both a new Water Rights Caseworker and as a Water Right Transfer Specialist. Prior to working for OWRD, she worked for the Oregon Military Department and for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection as an environmental compliance specialist. Kerri's current role within the department's Transfer and Conservation Section is the review and tracking of Reclaimed Water Registrations and the review of Municipal and Agricultural Water Management and Conservation Plans. She has both a bachelors and a masters in Geology from Western Kentucky University and Southern Illinois University respectively.

 

Corey Courchane

Water Right Transfer Specialist
Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)
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In 2013, Corey Courchane earned a bachelor's in Environmental Studies from Boise State University. Corey has been with the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) since August 2014. During that time, he has achieved knowledge and experience as a Water Rights Certificate Specialist, an Extension of Time Caseworker, and currently as a Water Right Transfer Specialist. Prior to working for OWRD, he worked for the Agricultural Research Service as a Biological Science Technician. Corey's current role within the department's Transfer and Conservation Section is the review and processing of all types of Transfer applications.

 

Geoff Crook

Sustainability Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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Geoff Crook is the Sustainability Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Geoff provides statewide leadership on sustainable transportation, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency. He brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy and planning. Geoff joined ODOT in 2006 as the environmental manager for a bridge construction program and has been in his current role for the last six years.

 

Tony DeFalco

Executive Director
Verde
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As Executive Director at Verde, Tony is leading the movement to rewrite the environmental agenda in Portland to build wealth with low-income communities of color. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection, and sustainability spans 20 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building, and policy advocacy. Prior to stepping into his current role, Tony worked at Verde as the Deputy Director as well as Living Cully Coordinator. His current focus includes redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland and strengthening communities of color and low-income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.

 

Adam Denlinger

General Manager
Seal Rock Water District
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Adam Denlinger has a 36-year career in municipal government serving both large and small communities in Texas, California, and Oregon. He is responsible for managing numerous complex government programs and infrastructure projects related to municipal water and wastewater uses. Adam has served in many collaborative roles with multiple agencies to provide beneficial cost saving outcomes related to joint service agreements, and regional municipal improvements. He studied principals of water and wastewater management at Sacramento State University, California; serve as a board member for the Special District Association of Oregon (SDAO) representing the interests of member districts throughout the state, and also served as a member of the SDAO legislative committee; he represents the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership as a Co-Convener, serving the collective interest of water throughout the mid-coast region.

 

Janelle Evans

City Administrator
City of Canyonville

 

Lynn Ewing

Mayor
City of Maupin
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Lynn Ewing is the Mayor of the city of Maupin. Lynn and his wife Theresa moved to Maupin in 1979 and raised their four children there. For 37 years he was a teacher with a focus technology. He retired in June of 2016 and after 25 years on the city council was appointed Mayor in July of 2016. Mayor Ewing has been involved in many major projects at the city, including participating in their Fiber Project from concept to completion. Maupin now has Gigabit fiber broadband service available to all.

 

LeeAnne Fergason

Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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LeeAnne Fergason is the Safe Routes to School program manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation since 2017, managing a grant program to fund Safe Routes to School construction projects to address barriers to students walking and biking to school. She values work with local jurisdictions, the school community, and community partners to help implement the best solutions to these barriers. Prior to this position, LeeAnne spent 10 years on Safe Routes to School in the non-profit sector in Oregon. During that time, she worked with many community partners across the state. She learned from working with partners that the people most effected by the problem help find the best and most effective solutions.

 

AJ Foscoli

Economic Development Director
City of Dallas

AJ Foscoli has been the Economic Development Director for the city of Dallas since 2017. Prior to working in Dallas, he worked for Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) as the Economic Development Manager for Polk and Yamhill counties. Aside from his regional work in economic development, AJ has co-chaired Oregon Economic Development Association's (OEDA) Team Oregon Food Processing statewide group, which supports Oregon food manufacturers in attending national and international tradeshows, as well as recruiting new food manufacturers to Oregon. In addition, he currently co-chairs OEDA's Professional Development committee to educate and promote best practices among Oregon's economic development professionals.

 

Kristi Frost, Ph.D

Executive Director
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
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Dr. Kristi Foster has more than 30 years of professional experience in non-profit organization development; K-12, community college, and university education; marine science research; chemical and environmental engineering; project and business management; global procurement; and eco-tourism. Kristi is the Executive Director at the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), where she leads a high-performing team whose efforts focus on habitat enhancement, water quality, and community education and engagement. TEP realizes its mission through collaborative relationships with individuals, academic institutions, businesses, watershed councils, non-profit organizations, local municipalities, and public/governmental agencies.

 

Mark Gharst

Oregon League of Cities
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Danielle Gonzalez

Economic Developer
Marion County
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Danielle Gonzalez works on the Marion County economic development team, focusing her time on the unique aspects of rural communities. In all of her projects, Danielle works to illuminate and foster authentic and sustainable economic development opportunities. She specializes in building non-traditional partnerships and coalitions to accomplish shared ecosystem goals of healthy communities and healthy economies. Danielle currently serves as the project lead for the North Santiam Joint Sewer Project alongside the small Oregon communities of Detroit, Gates, Idanha, and Mill City. Danielle has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas Arlington and an MBA from Willamette University.

 

Kirstin Greene

Acting Deputy Director
Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD)
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Trained in comprehensive land use planning, Kirstin has more than 20 years of experience leading complex land use planning projects for a wide range of cities, regional governments, and state agencies in Oregon and Washington. She is known for her communications, relationship-building and maintenance, and team development. After previous employment as a pre-employment trainer, and years in consulting with Cogan Owens Greene, Kirstin joined the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) as Economic Development Specialist in 2018. She has been Acting Deputy Director at DLCD since July 1, 2019.

 

Nick Green

City Manager
City of John Day
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Nick Green is City Manager and Chief Planning Official for the city of John Day, Oregon, with 15 years of professional experience in global engineering and management consulting firms. His specialties include public administration, science and technology policy, technology innovation, decision analytics, portfolio management, and change management. Nick is the mastermind of the John Day Innovation Gateway, and several other related economic and community development initiatives centered on improving quality of life in John Day.

 

Timothy Gross, P.E.

Public Works Director/City Engineer
City of Newport
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Since 2010, Tim has been serving as the Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the city of Newport on the Central Oregon Coast. In this role, Tim is responsible for the personnel and operations of water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collections, streets, storm water, park maintenance, facility maintenance, and engineering. Tim manages approximately 42 employees with 8 direct reports, an annual operating budget of approximately $12M, and an annual Capital Improvement Plan of approximately $30M.

 

Jude Grounds

Vice President
Carollo Engineers
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NJude Grounds has 20 years of experience in water treatment plant (WTP) design, construction, start-up/commissioning and process optimization. His treatment design experience covers various technologies, including conventional treatment, high-rate clarification, ozone, biological and high-rate filtration, membranes and UV disinfection. Jude is a member of the National AWWA Water Treatment Facility Design and Construction Committee, is a founding member and Technical Advisor to the Oregon Water Utility Council's Ozone Coalition, and serves as a Past Chair for the AWWA Pacific Northwest Section's Water Treatment and Water for People Committees. He is a Vice President for Carollo, leads the company's PNW Water Practice and manages Carollo's Portland office.

 

Holly Halligan

Community Programs Specialist
USDA Rural Development
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Holly has been with the USDA Rural Development since 2010. She's worked as a Business and Community Programs Loan Specialist focusing on funding water, wastewater, and community facility projects. Prior to joining the USDA, she worked for the Benton County, Oregon Health Department on rural land use policies and has also worked as a city planner for several small communities in California's Salinas Valley. Holly is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED), has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University and a bachelor's degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

 

Dave Haugeberg

Chair
Yamhill County Parkway Committee
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Dave Haugeberg is a Managing Partner with the McMinnville-based law firm of Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks & Higgins. He serves on several boards and organizations including the Board of Trustees of Linfield College, McMinnville Area Community Foundation, and board member of Camp Smith Boy Scout Camp. Dave's community service has been recognized by the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce as Business Leader of The Year, First Citizen of McMinnville, and Citizen of The Year of Newberg. Dave brings substantial knowledge of the Newberg Dundee Parkway project. Dave is the foremost expert on the project and the history of the effort, which extends beyond 25 years.

 

Jed Jorgensen

Director of Energy Solutions
Farmers Conservation Alliance
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As Director of Energy Solutions at Farmers Conservation Alliance, Jed Jorgensen is responsible for optimizing and integrating renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities into irrigation modernization projects. Jed brings 11 years of experience in facilitating the development of a wide variety of renewable energy technologies, including deep expertise with in-conduit hydroelectric projects and energy policy. As one of the co-creators of the Irrigation Modernization Program, he frequently presents on the opportunities and challenges associated with modernization to a wide variety of audiences.

 

Lorelei Juntunen

Partner, Vice President of Operations
ECONorthwest
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Jesse Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M.

Harvard University
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Jesse M. Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, with a joint appointment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, in Science, Technology and Public Policy at Harvard University. Keenan's principle research focus is on climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing, regulation, and planning.

 

Jeff Kernan

Planning & Development Manager
City of Coburg

Originally from central California, Planning & Development Manager Jeff Kernen has been with the city of Coburg since June 2014. He began his tenure as a Planning Intern, then a Planning Technician, and now serves as the Planning & Development Manager. While Jeff has mostly worked as a land use planner administering development review, he has coordinated the city's long-range planning efforts in the last few years including a complete Comprehensive Plan update. Jeff came to the city of Coburg upon completing is Master of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon in 2014. Jeff is known for his responsive customer service and ability to get things done.

 

Annette Kirkpatrick

General Manager
Hermiston Irrigation District

Annette Kirkpatrick is the General Manager of Hermiston Irrigation District where she has been employed for more than 17 years. She serves on the boards of Oregon Water Resources Congress and the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership roles also include the local Government Affairs Team, the Hermiston School District Facilities Action Committee, and the Leadership Hermiston Steering Committee.

 

Lee Ann Lawrence

Program Coordinator
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

As the program coordinator for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Lee Ann Lawrence is responsible for implementation, streamlining and compliance with the Clean Water Act. For the past few years, Lee Ann has focused program improvement efforts to better serve irrigation district modernization projects. The loan program is committed to building water quality infrastructure that will enable Oregonians to have access to clean water while also protecting the environment. Prior to joining DEQ, Lee Ann spent 10 years in the workforce and economic development sectors. She has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Spanish, along with a graduate teaching credential, from Western Washington University.

 

Mark Libby, P.E., MASCE

HDR Engineering
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Mark Libby is a Sr. Bridge Engineer, Project Manager, and a Professional Associate at HDR Engineering in the Portland office. He has 30 years of experience in the bridge and transportation structures field and has worked on projects in all regions of the U.S. Mark is a Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers Oregon Section and has been active in the Section since 2010. He served as Chair of the Oregon Infrastructure Report Card Committee which he will present a summary of today.

 

Steve Major, P.E.

President
Dyer Partnership

Steve is President of The Dyer Partnership, Engineers & Planners, Inc., which specializes in municipal and environmental engineering for small communities. He has been working in the wastewater field for more than 40 years. His special interests include continuous flow sequencing batch reactors and membrane treatment. He designed the first municipal continuous flow sequencing batch reactor in the state of Oregon in 1992 and the first operational flat plate MBR system in the United States in 2001. He is currently providing construction administration for a new sequencing batch reactor for the city of Sutherlin and new MBR facility for the city of Canyonville.

 

Chris Marko

Program Analyst
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
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Chris Marko is a native Oregonian who has a passion for protecting environmental quality and quality of life for communities in Oregon. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oregon Planning, Public Policy, and Management Department (PPPM) in Public Affairs. He has extensive experience with training and technical assistance for communities to plan, develop, finance, and effectively manage water and wastewater systems. Chris currently serves as a Program Analyst for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Water State Revolving Fund to finance water quality and infrastructure projects throughout Oregon.

 

Laura Marshall

Economist
ECONorthwest
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Laura specializes in natural resource policy and economic impact analysis. Her recent projects at ECONorthwest have focused on the economic value of water, wildfire costs, and forestry policy analysis. Laura's graduate research involved applied econometrics, water resource policy, and spatial analysis. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, she worked in financial services, as well as on projects related to coastal resiliency and water basin planning.

 

Craig Massie

Project Manager
Jacobs

Craig Massie is a project manager with Jacobs (formerly CH2M HILL) with 34 years of experience in planning, designing, and construction of public water, wastewater, fish passage, and hydropower heavy infrastructure. Craig has expertise in several forms of project delivery including, design-bid-build, Construction Manager/General Contractor, and Progressive Design-Build. Craig has been in Jacobs' Corvallis office for 34 years, delivering projects, globally, regionally and focused on Western Oregon.

 

Dave Moldal

Sr. Program Manager
Energy Trust of Oregon

Dave Moldal is a Sr. Program Manager at Energy Trust of Oregon. Dave is primarily responsible for helping customers develop custom renewable energy generation solutions, with an emphasis on distributed biopower and hydropower. In his expansive career, Dave facilitated a federal Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for southwest Florida, was Regional Organizer for National Wildlife Federation in the Pacific Northwest and Texas, was a special agent for the US Department of Justice, and developed utility-scale wind energy projects. A native of Michigan, he earned Masters Degrees in water resources management and natural resource policy from Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Dave is a volunteer leader in the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited, a youth lacrosse coach, and lives with his family in Southwest Portland.

 

Mark Morgan

Assistant City Manager
City of Hermiston
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Mark Morgan has been the Assistant City Manager for the city of Hermiston since 2012. His main responsibilities include overseeing economic development and all public works operations for eastern Oregon's largest city. Mark worked in municipal administration for the cities of Pullman and Cheney, Washington, before coming to Hermiston. He holds a master's in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho. He is also a Credentialed Manager by the International City Managers Association. Prior to entering city administration, Mark worked as a journalist covering local governments in Idaho and Washington, as well as spending time as a Producer for ABC News.

 

Melissa Murphy

Regional Development Officer
Business Oregon
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Melissa grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has her B.S. and M.S. from Oregon State University. She has been with Business Oregon since 2013 and is based in the South Willamette Valley, working on economic and community development projects throughout Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln counties. She is a connector to various resources, including state funding for all business sizes and types. Melissa has a background in sports marketing, athlete management, marine economies, and recreation and tourism economics. Before her work at Business Oregon she served as the Socioeconomic Analysts in the Oregon Marine Reserves Program for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and as a Marketing Manager for Vans, Inc. She has published studies on the Oregon Marine Reserve public process and the economic impacts of surfing. Melissa enjoys spending time with her 11 year old son, teaching skateboarding, and travelling as often as she can.

 

Albert Nako, P.E.

Seismic Standards Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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Albert is the Seismic Standards Engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. One of his main responsibilities is to maintain and update the Seismic Design Section of ODOT's Bridge Design Manual (BDM). During the past few years Albert has been heavily involved with the seismic vulnerability assessment of the Oregon state highways and resiliency planning. The latest results of this work have been incorporated in the Seismic Plus Reports published by ODOT. Albert has been with ODOT for sixteen years. Albert is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon.

 

RosAnna Noval

Contract Manager
Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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RosAnna Noval approaches utility management at small systems in a wholistic and creative way. She has worked with small, rural water and wastewater systems in Oregon for the last nine years on infrastructure projects and improving utility management. Rural Community Assistance Corporation is a non-profit that provides training and technical assistance to rural communities throughout the West.

 

Shelly Parini

Principal
Parini Connects

Shelly Parini is an experienced public affairs professional. Culminating 20 years of planning and applied research methods, she is the creator of Appreciative Organizing (AO), a community engagement model. She used AO to develop capital campaigns; design public outreach initiatives; create advisory committees; re-brand organizations and even pass a bond measure. Currently she works in a strategic project management role for Clackamas County's Water Environment Services Department where she has served in a variety of communications, and business and community affairs roles over the past three years. Shelly also runs her own public affairs firm, Parini Connects, and holds a master's in Organizational Communication from Marylhurst University.

 

Jae Pudewell

Regional Solutions Liaison, Region 2
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Mr. Pudewell has served as a Regional Solutions Liaison for the Department of Transportation (ODOT) for seven years, serving on three Regional Solutions teams. Prior to joining ODOT, he served as the assistant manager for graduate programs at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business. Mr. Pudewell joined the Coburg City Council in 2010 and was elected Council President in 2011. As Council President, he led the restructuring the city staff and hired a new city administrator. Mr. Pudewell then served as the Mayor of Coburg from 2012 to 2016. During his tenure the city uncovered and resolved a serious financial crisis, recapitalized the city's failing water fund, purchased and renovated a vacant office building as a much needed new city hall, constructed a new $27M sewer system, updated its multiplicity of plans, and added curbside recycling. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Mr. Pudewell spent more than twenty-five years in engineering, manufacturing, and product management for both computer software and hardware products, with extensive experience in process design, product planning, business analysis, strategy development, and management. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

 

Lloyd Purdy

Economic Development Manager
City of Tigard
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Lloyd Purdy has twice served as the Economic Development Manager for the city of Tigard. He recently returned to this posting after two years at the regional economic development organization—Greater Portland Inc. Lloyd creates and leads projects that build resilient communities by cultivating entrepreneurs, aligning public and private resources, and financing infrastructure projects that connect residents to the local and regional economy. His Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University and his Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry provide a unique foundation in public service.

 

Jeff Raker

Economic Development Planner
Metro
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Jeff Raker is Metro's Economic Development Planner. He has extensive experience in economic development, equitable development strategies, smart growth, transportation planning, environmental planning, and public policy in the Pacific Northwest. He currently works to align planning, infrastructure, and economic development to strengthen the Greater Portland region for all.

 

Austin Ramirez

Interim Community & Economic Development Manager
Lane County
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Austin Ramirez is the Interim Community & Economic Development Manager at Lane County where he supports vibrant and sustainable development across the county. Austin is always happy to chat about economic development, unless his beloved Portland Timbers are playing, at which point you will find him covered in green face paint cheering them on.

 

Sarah Reich

Policy Analyst
ECONorthwest
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Sarah specializes in environmental and natural-resource policy, planning, and economics. Her professional and academic experience focuses on the economics of water resource planning; integrated watershed management; and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental planning and environmental impact assessment. She has managed large-scale socioeconomic analyses for federal and state environmental review, and has assessed the public and private benefits and costs of investments in natural and physical infrastructure. She has presented her work on the economics of green infrastructure at regional and national conferences.

 

Kenneth Rieck

Manager
Tumalo Irrigation District

Ken is an irrigation district manager with three decades of experience managing the delivery of irrigation water in Oregon. Ken currently serves as the District Manager of the Tumalo Irrigation District. Ex Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis once said, "Wise leadership requires collaboration; otherwise, it will lead to failure" and Ken tries to approach his role in the stewardship of Tumalo Irrigation District with this same philosophy. Ken has worked to increase flows in Tumalo Creek while protecting area farms and has successfully restored ecological functioning flows to Tumalo Creek and Crescent Creek while providing TID farms with increased consistency and flows. These projects have required coordination, collaboration and cooperation with multiple different funders of which the CWSRF program has played a role.

 

Rhys Roth

Executive Director
Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
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Rhys Roth is Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) in Olympia, WA, which is helping to bring innovation, new tools, and sustainability excellence to infrastructure planning and investment in the Pacific Northwest. Rhys authored CSI's influential inaugural report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions and the first and second 5 Big Goals for 2040 CSI reports, Rewiring the Northwest's Energy Infrastructure and A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure. Prior to founding CSI, Rhys co-founded and helped lead for more than 15 years the non-profit group Climate Solutions.

 

Jason Salmi Klotz

Portland General Electric
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Jason holds a J.D. and master's in Environmental Policy and Law from Vermont Law School. Jason has worked for the Office of General Counsel at the FERC and the Vermont Public Service Board. While in Vermont, Jason worked on GHG issues in preparation participation in the Regional Green House Gas Initiative and on clean energy deployment. Subsequently, Jason worked for the California Public Utility Commission on GHG issues and wholesale market interface. Jason's work with the CPUC involved restructuring and re-establishing the state's demand response programs. Jason then worked for the Bonneville Power Administration where he led the entities efforts to conceive, initiate, and establish the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Through this project Jason worked with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on early development of transactive control. Jason then worked as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's policy advisor, before heading to Salem where he worked for the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Jason had a broad portfolio of work for the commission including GHG regulation, environmental compliance, electric vehicles, energy storage, and demand response. Jason now works for Portland General Electric as an emerging technology manager. Jason is currently leading PGE's work to establish a test bed for the acceleration and development of carbon free demand side resources. Jason is also an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches energy law and policy.

 

Matt Sayre

Vice President
Technology Association of Oregon
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Matt Sayre has more than two decades of experience in the tech industry and is currently the Vice President of the Technology Association of Oregon. In 2015, the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and other local partners helped Eugene secure a 'Top 10 up and coming tech cities in the Nation' title from Fast Company Magazine. In 2016, Matt was recognized as a '20 under 40 Rising Business Star' by The Register-Guard. In 2017, Matt helped re-architect the physical internet in Oregon, which has led to Eugene's 2017 designation as a 'Mozilla Gigabit City' and 'US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community'. In 2018 Matt successfully helped recruit dozens of tech companies to Eugene, Uber and SentinelOne among them. Currently Matt focuses on building community in the tech industry, as a way to increase economic prosperity in Oregon.

 

Tony Snyder

Area 1 Manager (Region 2)
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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Tony is a Civil Engineer who graduated from Ole Miss and has worked for Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) since 2002. Before ODOT, he worked for a city and a county here in Oregon since moving here in 1995. He spent several years in an AE firm in Birmingham, Alabama, as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager. Tony is a 7-year veteran of the US Air Force where he was an Officer, engineer for multiple projects and programs, and got his master's in Public Administration. He was a Project Manager for Region 2 for more than 10 years including for the construction of the Newberg Dundee Bypass (Phase 1E in Newberg). He is currently the ODOT Area Manager in Astoria for the NW coastal counties. He and his spouse are enjoying life as new residents on the Washington Coast.

 

Alan Thompson

Programs Investment Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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Alan Thompson is the Programs Investment Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Alan brings 25 years of experience in all aspects of transportation planning. Alan has developed airport system plans for St. Louis and Los Angeles, Active transportation plans for southern California, and first mile/last mile strategic plans. Alan participated with FEMA to develop the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Preparedness Plan. Alan is a dedicated bicycle commuter/tourist.

 

Derrick Tokos

Development Director
City of Newport
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Derrick I. Tokos, AICP, is the Community Development Director for the city of Newport, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to that, he served as Multnomah County's Principal Land Use Planner and has more than 25 years of local government planning experience having practiced in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon. Derrick obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and master's in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. He is also active in economic development and housing initiatives within Newport, administering the city's Urban Renewal Program and serving as a member of the Board of Director's for the Lincoln Community Land Trust.

 

Jon Unger

Program & Policy Coordinator
Business Oregon
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Jon Unger has been with Business Oregon since October of 2017 and with the state of Oregon for 15 years. Jon's current role with Business Oregon is policy coordination of the federal Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan fund and the Oregon Water/Wastewater Financing Program. He has a background in Oregon water rights and served as a state Watermaster in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. A UO grad and former US Peace Corps volunteer, in his spare time he enjoys international travel.

 

Chris Wanner

Director of Operations
Portland Water Bureau
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The PWB provides water to almost a million people in the Portland metro region. Ensuring access to potable water after major or catastrophic events is a critical function for the bureau. PWB has embarked on numerous projects to meet resilience goals outlined in the Oregon Resilience Plan for water sector utilities.

 

Liane Welch, P.E.

City Engineer
City of Tillamook
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Liane Welch is a professional civil engineer and is currently the City Engineer for the city of Tillamook. She has more than 30 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to working for the city of Tillamook, Liane spent nearly 20 years working as a transportation professional. She is also the President of the Board of the Non-Profit Tillamook Estuaries Partnership focusing on water quality improvement and community engagement.

 

Bruce Zimmerman, CPA

Tax Administrator
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation
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Bruce Zimmerman is the Tax Administrator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and has more than 30 years of experience in the area of taxation, with more than 25 years specializing in the field of ad valorem and utility property taxes. Since 1996, he has managed the tribal utility taxation system for the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In addition to his duties as the tribal tax administrator, he is also responsible for utility rights-of-way and easements across tribal lands and works in the Department of Economic and Community Development. He has provided expert witness testimony regarding tribal economic development issues and the taxation of industrial and utility properties to the Oregon Tax Court and the Oregon Legislature. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Naomi Zwerdling

Transit Program and Policy Lead
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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Naomi Zwerdling is the Transit Program and Policy Lead for ODOT's Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD). Naomi leads the Policy Team and the implementation of the Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP). The OPTP sets a path forward for maintaining the public transportation system across the state for the next 25 years. Naomi joined ODOT's RPTD in 2018. Prior to joining ODOT's RPTD, Naomi worked for 11 years as a Lead Planner in ODOT's Transportation and Growth Management Program working on transportation and land use plans for cities, counties, and transit districts throughout Oregon. Naomi has a master's degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor's degree in Environmental and Urban Planning from Mills College.