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Class XXXIII Biographies

Xanthippe Augerot

Benton County Commissioner, Benton County, Corvallis

A lifelong Northwesterner, Commissioner Xan ("Zan") Augerot has lived in Oregon for more than 20 years. She was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2016 and took office in January 2017. Commissioner Augerot moved to Corvallis to deepen her understanding of the ways in which land-use management affects fisheries, and focus her research on comparative approaches to salmon management across the North Pacific. She served as the second in command at the Wild Salmon Center, an international conservation organization based in Portland. As her only son reached school age, Commissioner Augerot left international conservation in favor of taking the helm of Marys River Watershed Council. She continued to hone her organizational and problem-solving skills, while becoming familiar with the people, issues and landscapes of the Marys River and Benton County. 

She believes that strong community, high-quality education and a diverse economy are the foundation for a robust and flourishing Benton County. As the climate changes and more people are drawn to the Willamette Valley, governance and infrastructure will be stressed at all levels - city, county and state. Healthy families, communities and environment will be fundamental to a healthy Benton County. Commissioner Augerot will work closely with city leaders and rural residents to create favorable conditions for affordable housing development.

Commissioner Augerot's interest in food systems, environmental conservation and collaborative problem-solving carry over into her personal life. Before earning a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University, she attended Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington (Economics, Marine Policy). She and her family garden on a half-acre lot in South Corvallis, producing food for themselves and their neighbors. She is a dancer and amateur fiddler, active with Corvallis Folklore Society. She volunteers with Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), Leadership Corvallis and the Benton Community Foundation.

Ebony Clarke

Deputy Director, Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services, Portland

Ebony Clarke is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who has nineteen years of experience working with children, individuals and families. Currently she functions in the capacity of Deputy Director for Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions Services Division for the last two years. Ms. Clarke joined Multnomah County's Mental Health and Addiction Services Division about seven years ago, as the Senior Manager of Direct Clinical Services. Before joining the county, Ms. Clarke worked as the Service Director at Lifeworks NW. In that role, she oversaw child and family outpatient mental health, prevention, and culturally-specific adult mental health and addiction services.

Ms. Clarke earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Oregon in Community and Human Services in 1999, and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2001. In April 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Ms. Clarke to the Oregon State Board of Licensed Social Workers, where she currently serves as the Chair. Ms. Clarke's mission is to build and support a continuum of care that yields equitable and quality services to promote individual, family and community healing.

Michael Colgrove

Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland

In August 2016, I became the Executive Director of Energy Trust of Oregon, the nonprofit entity delivering energy-efficiency and renewable power programs to customers of Oregon’ investor-owned utilities. Oregon’s unique regulatory environment uses a public purpose charge or systems benefits charge to fund the programs. Those programs provide education, awareness, technical assistance, and financial incentives in support of the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Our programs provide solutions across the industrial, agricultural, residential, multifamily, and commercial sectors. We serve the ratepayers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Northwest Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, and Avista throughout the state of Oregon and in southwest Washington.

Prior to Energy Trust, I was director of the NYC office and director of Multifamily Programs for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with experience in designing, developing and implementing efficiency programs. I also spent 6 years working with low-income multifamily programs throughout New York encouraging the installation of electricity reduction measures, developing environmental education programs for inner-city youth and providing building energy assessments with the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Tony DeFalco

Deputy Director, Verde, Portland

Tony DeFalco is Deputy Director at Verde, a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit working to build environmental wealth in low-income communities. 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. Current efforts include redevelopment of a 25-acre landfill into a park, leading Living Cully, a collaborative anti-displacement effort designed to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy and operation of commercial landscaping and general contractor social enterprises. He is a founding board member of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and serves as a trustee of Earthjustice. He also serves on the Port of Portland’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Economic Development Council.

Tony holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Tony is an avid birdwatcher and leads Feathers of Color, a birding group for people of color. He lives in Portland with his partner Molly.

Jeffrey DiGenova

Deputy CIO, Bonneville Power Administration, Vancouver 

I grew up in the state of Michigan and have a BSEE from Michigan Technological University. I spent 8 years in the Navy as an officer in the Nuclear Submarine program. I have held a wide range of positions spanning engineering, technical sales and consulting, and various management and leadership positions. The bulk of my career has been associated with the electric utility industry. I am currently leading the Transmission Technology (TT) organization at the Bonneville Power Administration. TT is responsible for the operational technology associated with operating and controlling BPA' s high voltage electric transmission system that moves roughly 75% of the power in the Pacific NW.

I have been married for 30 years and have two kids -  a daughter who graduated from WSU last year and a son who is entering his senior year at Eastern Washington University. I am an avid mountain biker, alpine and back country skier, and hiker.  I also enjoy cooking and fine food.

Brett Estes

City Manager, City of Astoria, Vancouver

Brett Estes is the City Manager of Astoria, Oregon. He has served in this capacity since September 2014. Prior to this position, Brett served as the Astoria Community Development Director and also Assistant City Manager. He has been with the City of Astoria for almost 10 years.

Before coming to Astoria, Brett worked in various positions for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon and Bryan, Texas planning departments. 

He is a native Texan but loves the State of Oregon where he has resided since 2002. Brett especially enjoys his professional work dealing with communities in assisting citizens to help them realize their desired goals.

Brett enjoys being in the outdoors, great food (not necessarily fancy), being around friends and traveling when he can. He is the proud parent of a dachshund named Lucie.


Clint McClellan

Assistant Director, Oregon Youth Authority, Salem

Clint McClellan has served as Assistant Director of Facility Services at the Oregon Youth Authority since 2013. He started working for OYA 29 years ago as direct care staff and served in various roles before moving into his current position overseeing 10 close-custody juvenile facilities throughout Oregon.

Sara Guest

Creative Manager, Swaim Strategies, Portland

Sara Guest was born and raised in Oxford, Ohio, and spent the first 34 years of her life as a Midwesterner, receiving a BA from Miami University, an MA in Literature from Case Western University and an applied degree in publishing and TV production in Chicago working for Encyclopedia Britannica and Harpo Studios.

She has lived in Portland since 2004 and is an avid reader, poet, editor, teacher/facilitator and community-builder, volunteering her time with Write Around Portland (where she used to be a staff member), Literary Arts (where she teaches Delve seminars and sits on the Patron Advisory Committee), the SURJ Black Lives Matter working group, the Portland Underground Graduate School and NWCLA. Sara is creative manager for Swaim Strategies, where she’s a professional writer, film producer and storyteller.

Josh Hinerfeld

Interim COO, SeQuential, Portland

Josh is the interim COO of SeQuential, an Oregon leader in renewable fuels, as well as the founder of Cambium Strategy, a management consulting dedicated to providing business development, supply chain management and strategic planning services to food and agribusiness clients.  Between 2006 and 2014, he served as president and CEO of Organically Grown Company (OGC), a regional distributor of organic fruits and vegetables.  Under Josh’s leadership, OGC grew by a factor of four and garnered multiple awards for its service excellence and commitment to driving more sustainable business and agronomic practices in the organic produce supply chain. Josh previously held leadership roles at AmeriServe Food Distribution, Yum Brands Canada, PepsiCo Food Systems and Continental Grain Company. 

Josh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.  Over the past eight years, Josh has served on the Oregon Food Bank board of directors. He is the immediate past board chair. He previously served on the Vassar College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the Alumni/ae Association of Vassar College, on the boards of various regional non-profit and community-based organizations and as a member of the Oregon Angel Fund.

Josh is married to Andrea Binder, a teacher at Fir Ridge High School in the David Douglas School District. They have two children. His daughter, Olivia, just graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and is starting a job as a Research Analyst at Gartner. His son, Sam, is a junior, at Riverdale High School.  In his spare time, Josh is a passionate gardener, beekeeper, and outdoor sports enthusiast. One of his elusive “bucket list” items is to become a competent kiteboarder.  Another is a private tour of the White House garden with Michelle Obama.

Jon Isaacs

Public Affairs Manager, Uber Technologies, Portland

Public Affairs Manager for Uber Technologies in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Hawaii. Experienced Public Affairs and Political Campaign Manager with a demonstrated history of making a difference and winning victories in highly challenging positions and controversial political environments. 

Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Public Affairs, Political Communication, Campaign Strategies, Partnership Development, Lobbying, Grassroots Organizing, and Coalition Building. Proven political and communications professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science focused in Political Science and Government from Oregon State University.

Aurora Jackson

General Manager/Lane County District, Eugene 

Aurora (A.J.) Jackson began her career at LTD on November 30, 2015. Ms. Jackson was drawn to Lane County by the region's high quality of life, level of public transit, and value of community involvement. She came to  LTD from Montebello  Bus lines in Montebello, California, where she served as the general manager since 2008. Ms. Jackson has also worked in various management positions at Los Angeles Metro. During her eighteen-month employment with LTD, Ms. Jackson has focused on: improving travel times and connectivity on transit routes, developing a system approach to transit in our community; and, improving the return on investment for local businesses.

Phillip Jones

Associate Attorney, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, Portland

I am a lifelong Oregonian, born in Portland Oregon and attending Lincoln High School, University of Oregon, and finally Willamette University College of Law. While at the University of Oregon I volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Valley and played on the Club Rugby Team. 

Following my graduation from the University of Oregon I explored my options by interning for Commissioner Nick Fish and working for the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon.  In addition, I continued volunteering for organizations including Free Geek, Renters Rights Hotline, and SE works (where I prepared students for the GEO exam). 

I chose to attend law school after my time at the Federal Public Defender. While in law school I continued in leadership roles by being elected to the Moot Court Board and overseeing the Moot Court Competitions held several times a year. I also worked for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting misdemeanors and conducting trials. 

I joined Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, P.C. in October of 2015 and have relished in the continued opportunity to lead.

Christina Kruger

Regional Manager, Pacific Power, Medford

Presently, I am the Pacific Power Regional Business Manager for Jackson and Josephine Counties located Southern Oregon. As a Regional Business Manager, I am responsible for major customer account management, local governmental affairs, economic development and local community and stakeholder relations. I bring 16 years in the electric utility industry and provide a 'one stop shop' for key customers and community members. 

In addition to my role at Pacific Power I am a mother to a 12-year old daughter and the wife to my husband Dominik Kruger. I am also an active volunteer in the community and contribute on several boards including Rogue Community College Foundation, Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition and the Greater Medford Rotary Foundation.

My family and I moved to Southern Oregon from Portland in 2010. We relocated for my job, I transitioned from a corporate role, working in transmission and distribution operations, to managing front line metering operations in the field. The move was quite a change on several levels and provided opportunity for personal and professional growth for me and my husband. My family and I enjoy living in Southern Oregon, we are outdoor enthusiasts and the region lends to outdoor activities. Our greatest challenges have been some of the cultural differences in the area. I have found that leading by example has been the best way to work through them. Overall, we feel really fortunate to have this wonderful Southern Oregon adventure.

Bobby Lee

Director of Economic Development, Prosper Portland, Portland

2017 - current: Bobby Lee was appointed as the Director of Economic Development for the Portland Development Commission (PDC). He oversees PDC's economic development department responsible for programs and initiatives that support target industry clusters, community-led initiatives, business competitiveness, international trade, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

2011 - 2017: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (and later Governor Kate Brown) appointed Bobby to his administration to manage the Regional Solutions Center serving the Portland Metropolitan region, a State agency team that works with local and federal governments in solving complex regional challenges in economic and community development. 

2005 - 2011: Appointed as Strategic Planning Manager for Hynix Semiconductor, world’s second largest semiconductor manufacturer, for six years.

 2000 - 2005: Appointed as Director of Organizational Affairs for Worksystems Inc., workforce development non-profit agency serving city of Portland, and Multnomah and Washington counties. 

His background also includes serving on the Eugene City Council (Council President), Oregon State Board of Higher Education, US President Bill Clinton campaign staff, McKenzie Watershed Council, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Intertwine Alliance, Oregon Workforce Partnership, Asian Council, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Metro Partnership, and Eugene Area YMCA Board of Directors. He received his undergrad and graduate degree in public administration from University of Oregon where he was elected as student body president. (Go Ducks!)

Misty Marquam

Founder & Principal Auctioneer, Marquam Auction Agency, Portland 

Misty Marquam, founder and Principal Auctioneer at Marquam Auction Agency, is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm and will try most anything once!  Specializing in fundraising, charity event planning and innovative revenue strategy, Misty and team work tirelessly as organizations’ ambassadors to ensure events run seamlessly, successfully and profitably. With over a decade of experience in the industry, this native Portlander, reformed computer geek, foodie, and mother of two is a World Wide College of Auctioneering graduate, a member of the National Auctioneers Association and a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist candidate.  She has but one goal for her non-profit clients: bring the fun while showing them the money! 

When not busy exceeding goals for well deserving organizations, Misty adores music, dancing, singing, bonfires, nature and general merrymaking. Join her at an upcoming event. We believe you'll not have a better time supporting your favorite cause with anyone else!

Mary Moerlins

Community Affairs & Environmental Programs Manager, NW Natural, Portland

Mary is the Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager at NW Natural where she works to continue raising the bar for sustainable and responsible employee and corporate practices, operations and programs at Oregon's largest natural gas utility.

Prior to joining NW Natural, she spent nine years working in environmental nonprofits in Atlanta, Georgia focusing on sustainable land management, green space conservation and environmental literacy at Piedmont Park Conservancy and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 

Outside of work she currently serves as Vice Chair of Forest Park Conservancy's Board of Directors, is a member of the Freshwater Trust's Headwaters Council, Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board and is on the leadership team of the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative.

Mary received a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University and Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Agnes Scott College.

An avid runner and happy hiker, she spends as much time outside with her family as the weather allows.

Derenda Schubert

Executive Director, Bridge Meadows, Portland

Bridge Meadows, Executive Director, Dr. Derenda Schubert, a licensed psychologist with extensive professional experience counseling children and families and creating, managing, and evaluating foster care, mental health and developmental disability programs. Dr. Schubert has counseled children and families in Chicago and the Portland Metro Region. Additionally, she has conducted research in the areas of developmental disabilities and children’s mental health.  She has held several executive leadership roles including Associate Director of Training at Morrison Child & Family Services and Chief Operating Officer of Trillium Family Services, Oregon’s largest child and family mental health agency. 

Dr. Schubert is an intergenerational champion, leading the team that created Bridge Meadows, advocating nationally for intergenerational solutions to complex social challenges, spearheading strategic planning and shaping Bridge Meadows’ expansive vision for the future.  Dr. Schubert speaks locally and nationally on the topics of children’s mental health, community building, and intergenerational living.

Under Dr. Schubert’s leadership, Bridge Meadows has received national and international recognition from the following organizations:   The National Home Builders Association; Angel in Adoption TM by Senator Wyden; recognized as the 2014 award winner for the Intergenerational Excellence Prize by The Eisner Foundation; winner of the 2017 Fostering Innovation Award from Corporate LiveWire; ranked fourth among the top 10 Most Admired Non-profits by Portland Business Journal. In 2016, Dr. Schubert was honored as Extraordinary Executive Director by Portland Monthly Magazine and recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal. 

Dr. Schubert is a graduate of Purdue University and DePaul University.  Her passion for making the world a better place is inspired by her own children and the love of her grandmothers.

Niki Terzieff

President, Leading Edge Public Affairs, Portland

As President of Leading Edge Public Affairs, Niki Terzieff draws upon a decade of experience in Oregon politics - both policy work and on the campaign trail. Her campaign career helped to shape the current landscape and resulted in long-standing relationships with caucus leaders in both parties and both chambers. In a relatively short time, Niki has developed a network of direct contacts to today's and tomorrow's leaders.

Over the last decade, Terzieff has been a growing force in Salem by shaping, negotiating, and passing legislation on behalf of a broad spectrum of clients and perspectives. She has built a solid foundation for success in the healthcare and public safety sectors, working issues from all sides, engaging with all 90 Legislators. As a result of her experiences, relationships, talents and tenacity, Terzieff has amassed a rather impressive list of past legislative successes. When not in the hallowed halls of the Capitol or working on the campaign trail, Niki is fundraising for the Political Action Committee she founded to End Violence Against Women (VAW-PAC) and keeps busy on the Board of Directors at the Cascade Forest.

David Thompson

COO & General Counsel, Portland Business Alliance, Portland

As the Portland Business Alliance’s Chief Operating Officer, David Thompson is focused on internal operational functions including financial oversight for the organization. He leads Alliance membership growth and engagement, oversees small business programs and serves as the organization’s General Counsel.

Prior to joining the Alliance, David was an attorney at Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson, where he practiced employment and labor law, counseling public and private employers on a range of issues. While at Bullard, he counseled employers on issues including labor, contract administration, employee relations, discipline and discharge, workplace training seminars and risk compliance.

Actively involved in the community, David serves as treasurer for the City Club of Portland board of governors, secretary for the Portland Parks Foundation, and chair of the Morrison Child and Family Services foundation board. Previously, he served on the Santa Clara University board of regents, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps board of directors, and the Portland/Vancouver Connector Project. He also supports a number of other nonprofits including Black Parent Initiative, Jesuit High School and St. Francis of Assisi Dining Hall.

David received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Jessica Vega Pederson

Commissioner, Multnomah County, Portland

Jessica Vega Pederson serves on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners District 3. Before being elected to the commission, Jessica served as a State Representative in the Oregon legislature where she was the first Latina elected to the House. In the legislature, Jessica fought for issues such as paid sick time and pay equity to improve the lives of working Oregonians. As chair of the House Energy and Environment committee she championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix. In 2016 Jessica received the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Achievement Award, given nationally to persons in public service for a particular action of singular importance to conservation.

Jessica was raised in Northwest Indiana among her large, loving Mexican-American family. Following the lead of her mother who was a local activist for civil rights, she became involved in advocacy in high school.  Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in informational systems management and philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. She spent fourteen years in the technology industry, helping startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies grow their business using communication technologies.

Jessica lives in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Portland with her husband Aaron and their two children. When she is not working for the people in District 3, Jessica loves to explore the beauty of Oregon with her family. She serves on the board of Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and is active with her neighborhood association.

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