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

Jenn LynchJenn Lynch, Council Chair

Portland Seed Fund
Appointed April 2019
Term expires June 2021

Jenn Lynch is Managing Director at Portland Seed Fund, a pre-seed venture capital fund, where, alongside her two partners, champions traded sector startups based in the Pacific Northwest with a combination of investment capital, governance, and mentorship. Since 2011, Portland Seed Fund has invested in more than 100 high-growth businesses in industries including software, clean energy technology, medical devices, food & beverage, apparel, and more. Prior to Portland Seed Fund, Jenn spent a decade in software as a service as a product designer, product manager, and product marketer. She serves on a number of community boards including Oregon Public Broadcasting, Schoolhouse Supplies, and Business for a Better Portland. Jenn holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medil School at Northwestern University.

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.

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 CummingsChris Cummings

Business Oregon

Chris Cummings is currently the Interim Director of Business Oregon, while he also serves in his role as Assistant Director of Economic Development. Chris leads the agency in its work to help businesses and communities prosper in Oregon and see that economic opportunity is reaching each corner of the state. Prior to joining the agency in 2016, Chris served as Program Manager of Oregon Department of Transportation's Freight Planning Program.

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

Bill Berg, City of Beaverton
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