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Office of the Governor: Agency Subdivisions

The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Governor. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Governor. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Note

New Governor Kate Brown may make staffing and organizational changes.

 

Arrest and Return (Extradition)
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-3111
Fax: 503-378-3514
Contact: Fran Lushenko, Extradition Officer


Duties and Responsibilities: Arrest and Return provides administrative services for Oregon’s extradition program.

Office of Community Engagement
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-8471
Fax: 503-373-0840
Contact: Kendall Clawson, Deputy Chief of Staff


Duties and Responsibilities: The Office of Community Engagement is responsible for the development and execution of a broad-based program that advances the public engagement mission and equity goals of the governor’s office in conjunction with major social, economic and political institutions and programs.


The office responds to issues and concerns of Oregonians raised at the Constituent Services Office; provides support and access to statewide procurement opportunities for Oregon’s disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned and emerging small businesses through the Office of Economic and Business Equity; and oversees the recruitment, confirmation and ongoing participation of volunteer members of statewide boards and commissions through the Executive Appointments department.


Constituent Services Office
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-4582
Fax: 503-378-6827


Duties and Responsibilities: The Constituent Services Office aids Oregonians in navigating state services and listens when they have ideas or suggestions about state government. The Constituent Services staff reports regularly to the governor, noting issues in state government that need attention. The office aims to treat all inquiries fairly, to examine each situation objectively and to respond in a clear and helpful way.

 

Diversity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action Office
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-6524
Fax: 503-378-3225

Email: frank.garcia@oregon.gov
Contact: Frank Garcia Jr., Director


Duties and Responsibilities: The Diversity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action Office directs and monitors affirmative action programs in all state agencies, a large portion of which is done on the basis of plans developed by agencies. The director of affirmative action works closely with each state agency to assess its recruitment, placement, promotion and training practices with respect to achieving affirmative action goals. The director recommends and participates in affirmative action and equal opportunity training for state employees at all levels.

 



Education
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-3111
Fax: 503-378-6827

Email: daniel.ledezma@oregon.gov
Contact: Daniel Ledezma, Education Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: Oregon is improving its education funding and governance process to deliver better results for students, more resources for teachers and better value for the future of the state. The education policy advisor is focused on identifying research and policy options to create an efficient, equitable, and accountable public education system that integrates early childhood development with K–12 and post-secondary education and training. By working closely with the chief education officer, the deputy superintendent of public instruction, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission director, the governor’s office is pursuing a home grown system that will help students, teachers and schools set and reach goals.

 

Oregon Education Investment Board
Address: 775 Court St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1283
Email: education.investment@state.or.us
Web: http://education.oregon.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Contact: Dr. Nancy Golden, Chief Education Officer
Statutory Authority: 2011 Oregon Laws, Chapter 519, Section 1


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), chaired by Governor John Kitzhaber, oversees the building of a seamless system of public education that meets the diverse learning needs of every Oregon student and ensures that the state meets its “40-40-20” goal to increase the percentages of adult Oregonians who earn college degrees, postsecondary credentials and high school diplomas.


Created through a bipartisan vote in the 2011 Legislative Session, OEIB is charged with diagnosing barriers to success in Oregon’s education system, developing targeted strategies for improvement, making catalytic investments, measuring return on investments, and scaling up the best ideas to support students.


OEIB and the chief education officer provide oversight to all the education agencies in the state, including the Early Learning Division, Youth Development Division, Oregon Department of Education, and Higher Education Coordinating Commission. OEIB is responsible for driving the vision and recommending statewide investments that most effectively support the improvement of student outcomes from birth to career.

 

Energy
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-6545
Fax: 503-378-3225

Email: margi.hoffmann@oregon.gov
Contact: Margi Hoffmann, Energy Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The energy policy advisor is focused on helping to develop and implement the governor’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan. The policy advisor works on strategies for the public and private utility sector, energy transmission, and transportation and infrastructure improvements.

 

Health Care
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1558
Fax: 503- 378-6827

Email: sean.kolmer@oregon.gov
Contact: Sean Kolmer, Health Care Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: Health care is the fastest growing cost for state government, both in its capacity as a large employer and also in its responsibility to provide health care for low income and vulnerable citizens through the Oregon Health Plan. The health care team is focused on identifying and implementing programs that reduce costs while resulting in better health. Oregon’s health care transformation aims to shift the focus from after-the-fact acute care to prevention, wellness and the community-based management of chronic conditions; in turn making health care more affordable for individuals, families, and private sector businesses.


Jobs and Economy
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-5884
Fax: 503-378-6827

Email: vince.porter@oregon.gov
Contact: Vince Porter, Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor; Dan Carol, Multi-State and Strategic Initiatives Director


Duties and Responsibilities: Building Oregon’s economy is a top priority for the governor. State government can and must play a key role in creating a favorable environment for the private sector to build a vibrant and innovative economy. The jobs and economy advisor is focused on identifying ways to ensure that Oregon companies become more competitive and sustainable, and on ensuring that economic recovery touches every part of Oregon, urban and rural. It is also important to maintain connections at the regional, national and international levels. The multi-state initiatives director is focused on positioning Oregon at the forefront of a clean economy, health care transformation, and innovation in building and maintaining public infrastructure.


Labor and Workforce
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1558
Fax: 503-378-6827
Contact: Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Labor and Workforce Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The Labor and Workforce policy advisor represents the governor on labor and collective bargaining issues. In addition, the advisor guides development of state-level policy related to education and workforce issues by providing leadership for and serving as a liaison between state and local efforts in education, training and workforce development, and by ensuring alignment of statewide, local and regional strategic plans through collaboration with local workforce investment boards. The advisor seeks input from business and industry organizations, labor organizations, state agencies, local education providers, local government, community-based organizations, and public and private postsecondary
colleges and schools.

Natural Resources Office
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-6549
Fax: 503-378-3225
Web: www.oregon.gov/gov/policies/environment/Pages/environment.aspx
Contact: Lauri Aunan, Brett Brownscombe, Gabriela Goldfarb, Tom Tuchmann, Richard Whitman, Policy Advisors
Statutory Authority: ORS 173.610


Duties and Responsibilities: The governor’s natural resources team convenes regular meetings of state natural resource agencies to ensure that state policies are consistently applied across agencies. The office facilitates resolution of policy differences between state agencies, federal agencies, and between agencies and stakeholders, and provides direction and coordination for agencies on regulatory, planning and environmental issues that span multiple agencies. Examples include coordination of species recovery efforts, water quality monitoring and enhancement, multipurpose water development, and ocean conservation.

 

Public Safety, Oregon Military Department and Human Services
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-6550
Fax: 503-378-6872
Email: heidi.moawad@oregon.gov
Contact: Heidi Moawad, Public Safety, Oregon Military Department and Human Services Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The public safety policy advisor works with the leadership of the Department of Corrections, Oregon State Police, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon National Guard and the Office of Emergency Management. The advisor works closely with stakeholders in the public safety community around the state, and the state and local communities to achieve the governor's goals on related issues. In addition, the advisor is charged with guiding state-level policy related to housing and community services, child welfare and self-sufficiency programs, and services and supports for seniors and people with disabilities.

 

Regional Solutions
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 541-610-7215
Fax: 503-378-6827
Email: annette.liebe@oregon.gov
Contact: Annette Liebe, Director


Duties and Responsibilities: Regional Solutions is an innovative, collaborative approach to community and economic development in Oregon. The state, in partnership with Oregon colleges and universities, established Regional Solutions Centers throughout Oregon. Each takes a bottom-up approach to development projects, working with community leaders at the local level to identify priorities, solve problems and seize opportunities to complete projects. These centers integrate state agency work and funding with other government, private, and civic sector partners to ensure that projects are completed in the most economical and streamlined process possible.

 

Office of Strategic Initiatives
Address: Hall of the States, Suite 134, Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-508-3847
Email: dan.carol@oregon.gov; ethan.pittleman@oregon.gov
Contact: Dan Carol, Director; Ethan Pittleman, Deputy for Federal Affairs


Duties and Responsibilities: Recognizing that collaboration across borders is a critical economic strategy for identifying new markets, funding, and partners for Oregon businesses and communities, the governor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) works with other states, federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, foundations, and key stakeholders to accelerate outcomes in areas including job creation, infrastructure, health, and clean energy. OSI works on innovative partnerships on the West Coast and nationally, including the Pacific Coast Collaborative, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and the national Health Sustainability Task Force. OSI also serves as the state’s principal liaison to many outside organizations, including the National Governors Association and the Western Governors Association.


Transportation
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-6545
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Karmen Fore, Transportation and Sustainable Communities Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The transportation policy advisor is focused on leading the governor’s efforts to develop sustainable transportation systems that move Oregon’s people and cargo more efficiently.


Veterans
Address: 700 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-2388
Fax: 503-378-2362
Contact: Cameron Smith, Veterans Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The veterans policy advisor works closely with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to ensure that the more than 320,000 veterans in Oregon access the benefits they have earned through their service. The position is also a link to ensure that veterans’ interests are represented on the governor’s staff and incorporated into broader policy areas to improve veterans’ health, education and economic opportunity.