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Class XXXIX Biographies

Karmen Fore

Director, Oregon Solutions, Eugene

Karmen Fore current serves as the director for Oregon Solutions, the states designated program for complex public policy collaboration. She has had an influential career in public service, most recently as Senior Director for Federal Affairs and Transportation for Oregon Governor Brown, where she focused on leading the governor’s efforts to develop sustainable, multimodal transportation systems that move Oregon’s people and cargo more efficiently. She has been instrumental in managing major transportation policy advancements, including the passage of the 2017 transportation package. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for US Representative DeFazio and as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Before that she served as District Director for Congressman DeFazio. Ms. Fore has a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon.

 

Erin Esparza

Executive Director, Classroom Law Project, Portland

Erin serves as Executive Director of Classroom Law Project (CLP), a nonprofit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders working to equip Oregon’s students with the knowledge, essential skills, and motivation to participate in our democracy. Following a business career that included positions with the Boston Consulting Group, Intel, Charles Schwab & Co., and a “dot com” start-up, Erin went back to school in 2014 for a master’s degree in Education, with a focus on adolescents, international, and experiential education approaches for entrepreneurship and civic engagement. After spending three years working with universities and nonprofits in Cambodia and Mexico in programs promoting quality education, participatory citizenship, and social mobility for underserved populations, Erin came to Portland in 2018 to be close to her family, and was incredibly fortunate that CLP was seeking a new Executive Director just at that time, which was a wonderful, natural fit.

In addition to family in Portland and Ashland, Erin has two sons who live in the Los Angeles area – one a police officer and former Army officer with two great kids of his own; the other now a former professional baseball player, working and finishing his college degree. She is looking forward to exploring and learning about Oregon, and is always interested in new adventures, anything outdoors, a good book, a good movie, good food and good conversation!

 

Andrew Over

Regional Market Vice President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Portland

I currently live in SE Portland with my wife Tia, daughter Lily (12), son Dylan (9) and puppy Penny (14 weeks). I am originally from Portland, Oregon, but have also lived in Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C. and Santiago, Chile. My wife and I will celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary in December and she is a Partner with The Mathews Group, a strategic communications firm. I attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in History.

Following graduation, I joined the staff of U.S. Senator Gordon Smith and proceeded to work for him in several roles over the next 9 years, both in Oregon and Washington, D.C., with my last role serving as Deputy State Director and Deputy Campaign Director. Throughout my time working for Senator Smith, I also had the opportunity to participate in other political campaigns, both statewide and national in scope.

In 2010, I joined Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and over past 11 years have worked in both the Oregon and Washington markets in a variety of capacities. I currently serve as the Regional Market Vice President and am responsible for strategy development and execution to drive growth in Regence’s Washington and Oregon markets. In this position, I have a strong focus on growing Regence’s visibility in market through strategic partnerships and community involvement.

I currently serve on the board of directors for Mary’s Place (Seattle), Friends of the Children – Portland, All Hands Raised, The Dougy Center and the Ford Scholar Alumni Association.

Rebecca Tweed

President, Tweed Strategies, LLC., Tigard

For more than a decade, Rebecca Tweed has been a top political strategist in Oregon and has worked on more than 60 political campaigns for local government, legislative and statewide candidates, plus county and statewide ballot measures. Rebecca is the president of Tweed Strategies, LLC, Executive Director of Grow Oregon, and a Board Member of the City Club of Portland and the Center for Women’s Leadership. She regularly speaks locally and nationally to schools, colleges, conferences and organizations about politics and policy, campaign strategy and leadership, and is a a frequent guest political analyst for KGW.

Rebecca graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 where she studied Political Science, Public Policy and Philosophy with focuses in International Relations and Women’s Studies. Rebecca was featured in Portland Monthly Magazine’s as one of the “10 Amazing Women Who Are Changing Oregon" in 2015, and in 2017, was selected as one of the “40 Under 40” rising political consultants from across the country by the American Association of Political Consultants.

 

Emerald Bogue 

Director, Regional Government & Community Affairs, Port of Portland, Portland

Emerald was raised in Hawaii and Oregon, the youngest of five sisters, born to a carpenter and an educator. Following college, Emerald became a union organizer with SEIU. In this work, she traveled all over the country on a variety of campaigns, and spent some time living in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Seeing so much of this country from the perspective of workers is an experience that shaped her interest in public policy. Following six years of this work, Emerald made the leap to political and government affairs work – a field she's now been in for 13 years with roles on multiple campaigns/consultancies, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Port of Portland. All experiences carried highs and lows – and many, many lessons on a wide range of issues ranging from human services to major infrastructure.

Emerald now serves as the Director of Regional Government and Community Affairs at the Port of Portland, with a primary focus on equitable economic development. She lives in SW Portland with her husband and twin sons.

 

Amber Schulz-Oliver

Executive Director, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians - Economic Development Corporation, Portland

Amber Schulz-Oliver an American Indian (Celilo/ Yakama Descendant) Oregonian and has established firm roots in Portland, Oregon. As Executive Director of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC), she is dedicated to assisting ATNI Member fulfill their economic development goals and priorities. ATNI-EDC has a subsidiary organization, ATNI Financial Services, that is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and provides loans to Native American entrepreneurs that may not otherwise be able to obtain financing.

Amber graduated from Oberlin College in 2001 and soon after joined the Peace Corps. She then worked at a Native American owned Engineering firm, Akana, where she managed several projects in and for the benefit of Indian Country. She moved on to work for the non-profit organization, Ecotrust on a project to research the economic development needs, goals, and priorities of ATNI member tribes. In 2013, Ms. Schulz-Oliver earned her MBA, graduating with honors from Willamette University.

Amber serves as the President of the Potlatch Fund, as a board member of the Oregon Growth Board, and on the advisory board of Ecotrust Community Development Entity, and Ecotrust Investments. She is committed to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and service to the Native community. In her free time, she enjoys trying new Portland restaurants, frequenting the theater, traveling internationally, and scaling small mountains.

 

Jason Carr

Director of Communications, Crook County School District, Prineville

Jason Carr is a communications and public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in broadcast TV, private business, government, education, and the non-profit sectors. He has a strong track record of influencing public policy, building and maintaining a strong reputation for organizations, and finding common ground with key stakeholders. Jason received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon University in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and will finish his master's degree in Corporate & Organizational Communications this fall from Northeastern University in Boston.

Jason and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 22 years and have two children. They currently live in Prineville, Oregon. Gwen works business development for a disaster restoration company. Kaylee graduated from Crook County High School this spring as the Student Body President and will attend Pacific University in the fall to study psychology and criminology. Cameron is a sophomore and avid basketball player. He currently plays JV and varsity for the Cowboys, is on the leadership council for the high school, and currently holds a 4.2 GPA. His favorite classes are government and civics. The Carr family loves to travel, explore our beautiful state, enjoy the local restaurant scene, and chase our new border collie puppy named Duke.

 

Reianna DaRosa

Director of Programs, Habitat for Humanity, Milwaukie

Reianna has been a part of Habitat for Humanity since 2011 and currently supports all 24 Habitat affiliates scattered across the state as the Director of Programs. Reianna’s Habitat experience in affordable housing is complimented with her history of helping people find dignity, equality and economic stability. She has an International Relations Masters degree with a focus in microcredit, and interned at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala for two years. Her life goal to continually grow, inspire compassion, and help others achieve economic stability, lead her to Habitat for Humanity.

Before Habitat Oregon she spent five years as the Homeownership Manager at Habitat Portland Metro/East. After a self-imposed sabbatical of self-discovery through rest, travel and adventure, she returned to Oregon, rediscovering her passion for helping people find stability through homeownership again. She continues to find joy in the relationships she develops at work and in her community. Reianna lives just outside of the Portland area and enjoys gardening, reading good fantasy novels, watching sci-fi shows, yoga, baking bread and spending lots of time caring for her little niece and nephew.

 

Mirna Loreli Cibrian

Latino Partnership Program Officer, The Oregon Community Foundation, Portland

Mirna Loreli and her family crossed the border when she was seven years old. Her first home was in Sandy, Oregon where her father was a farm worker. She gained “legal” status in her teens, graduated from Gresham High School and eventually attended Portland State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Child and Family Studies with an area of specialization in Youth Work.

Mirna Loreli is passionate about using her voice to address racial and social injustice as well as education inequities for undocumented students and other students of color.

In her free time, Mirna Loreli likes to Karaoke to Chavela Vargas, read and do all things nature!

 

Dr. Robin Beavers

VP of Philanthropy and DEI Initiatives, Trillium Family Services, Portland

Dr. Robin Beavers is a community engagement and outreach specialist dedicated to developing and managing programs that promote the wellness, equity, and inclusion of all people in our society. For over 20 years she has served as a higher education and career development professional; including 12 years at Self Enhancement, Inc. as post-high program manager, and 4 years at Portland State University as the Assistant Director in Admissions. In recent years, she has moved into the world of philanthropy hoping to inspire others to invest time and finances to help all communities thrive, including serving as the Development Director for SEI for 2 years, VP for Advancement & External Relations at Warner Pacific University, and currently serves as the VP of Philanthropy at Trillium Family Services and is a MBA adjunct professor  at Warner Pacific University. 

Robin holds a B.S.in Business Management and Communication from Concordia University, a M.S. in Education, Policy, Foundation and Administration from Portland State University, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Concordia University.

Robin is a serves a board member for POIC/RAHS, Portland Workforce Alliance, and theNumberz Radio station. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and her professional and civic involvement include, NACAC Portland National College Fair Committee, and the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Equity Apex team. In addition, she serves on Kairos PDX Investment Committee.

 

Amy Malagamba

Second Vice President, Corporate Communications, The Standard, Lake Oswego

I am the proud mother of two grown sons with my husband of 31 years, Neal. I grew up in upstate New York and moved to Oregon in 1992. I live in Lake Oswego and work in downtown Portland at The Standard, where I lead Corporate Communications. I have been with The Standard for almost eight years. I also volunteer for Meals on Wheels People and have been a member of their board since 2018.

Professionally, I have worked in communications for 35 years. I started as a technical editor and writer, then expanded to leadership positions in investor relations, corporate and marketing communications, public relations and advertising. I have run my own consulting firm twice. Before joining The Standard most of my experience was in high tech, including Mentor Graphics and Tektronix.

 

Joel Madsen

Executive Director, Mid Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, The Dalles

Joel Madsen’s career has been dedicated to public service and the affordable housing industry. Mr. Madsen serves as the Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA) and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC). Since January of 2014, he has led MCHA and CCHC in promoting and administering affordable housing solutions throughout the Mid-Columbia region which includes Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.  In addition to his leadership role at MCHA and CCHC Mr. Madsen serves as a Director on the Housing Authority Risk Retention Pool, Chair of Neighborhood Partnerships and is on the Executive Committee of the Housing Authorities of Oregon.  In his spare time Joel loves to get outside with his wife and two daughters, often enjoying the sports and natural beauty the Columbia River Gorge area offers.

 

Lauren Lucht

Owner/Operator. NW Transplants, LLC., Molalla

Lauren Lucht has the great privilege to work alongside her family continuing their vegetable seedling nursery, Northwest Transplants, where they produce over 90 million plant seedlings annually. Also in development is Willamette Valley Melon Co.; a 100-acre farm growing fresh produce for local distribution. Lauren returned to the farm full time in June 2014. Prior she attended Oregon State University; achieving a Masters of Agricultural Sciences focused on Ag Education, Rhetorical Communication, and Public Policy. She served the agricultural industry working in Public Policy for the Washington State Dairy Industry and then as a high school Agricultural Science/FFA Instructor. Agricultural Advocacy is Lauren’s greatest passion. She is an actively engaged in several resource focused education and leadership programs including Oregon Aglink, Oregon FFA, and Real Oregon – where serves as Curriculum Director. Working and living on the farm affords Lauren the opportunity to enjoy working around many friends and family. She loves to bring her German Shepherd, Coon-Hound Mix, and Miniature Dachshund to the office to greet visitors. During her free time, she enjoys riding and breeding horses for ranch work and competitive working cow horse events.

  

Diana Nunez

Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council, Portland

Diana is an equity driven, results-oriented leader known for integrity and commitment to quality and transparency with an educational background in Science and Research.

Diana has experience working in public, private, and civic settings. With a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion she has a track record that includes leading strategy, engagement, collaboration, organizational development, and lean processes. She has a career history of working closely with elected officials, corporate executives, educational, and strategic partners overseeing conceptualization and implementation of public programs and regional policies to introduce inclusive initiatives, promoting regional equity and innovative economic development.

Most recently Diana was the Executive Director of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber where she led a strategic planning process and implementation of the plan as well as the creating new regional partnerships with local and regional government, education and business partners to advance the Latinx community. Prior to the Hispanic Chamber, she was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the former Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales and lead community engagement efforts and strategic initiatives for the City of Portland.

When not working, Diana enjoys spending time with her family -Partner, Deborah- kids Jude and Ava Aurelia, community advocacy, working out and renovating her English Tudor home in NE Portland.

 

Tamara Brown

VP & Relationship Banking Officer, Heritage Bank, Portland

Tamara has over 25 years of banking experience in commercial real estate and relationship banking. Her main area of expertise is in growing deposits and working capital, with a specialty focus on large, complex property management companies, nonprofits and HOAs. She also works with nonprofits and commercial businesses. In her community, Tamara serves on the committee for Commercial Real Estate Women Future Leaders and as a board member for the Black United Fund and UNCF Portland. She teaches financial literacy to children, young adults and adults. She also volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank and Financial Beginnings Oregon. In her free time, she likes to dance salsa and hip hop and practice yoga. 

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