Oregon Solutions Program Director
Beverly has over 40 years of experience as a community organizer, elected official, executive of a large government organization, national consultant on the transformation of public purpose organizations, and speaker on outcome based government. She served as the elected Chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and Chief Executive of the county for eight years. She focused on initiatives creating a sound public safety system, linking schools and social services, expanding access to health care, and implementing quality management techniques in government. In 1996, Beverly was chosen by Governing Magazine as “Local Public Official of the Year” in recognition of the outstanding cooperation between the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Beverly was elected as an Oregon State Representative three times in the 1990’s and ran for Governor in the Oregon primary in 2002. Beverly has been a member of the Public Strategies Group, Inc. since 2003. For five years she was PSG’s President and a co-owner. PSG is a national consulting firm focused on helping public purpose organizations become more outcome and customer focused. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in Urban Studies in 1970 and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1976.
Steve Bryant manages economic and community development projects. He also is the senior advisor for Oregon to the International City/County Management Association. Previously he served as the Interim Legislative Director and Interim Executive Director of the League of Oregon Cities. He worked 31 years for the City of Albany as Planning Director and then City Manager. Under his watch, Albany established three National Register historic districts, built two fire stations, an award-winning City Hall building, a multi-modal transportation center, and greatly expanded its parks system. He also led efforts to develop multi-sector partnerships resulting in a new county Fair and Expo Center, a “state of the art” multi-jurisdiction water treatment plant, and the alleviation of a large health hazard area through the construction of an area-wide sanitary sewer system. Bryant also led establishment of a downtown urban renewal district and Willamette River waterfront revitalization plan. Steve has been awarded the Herman Kehrli Award for Distinguished Service to Oregon Cities and a Distinguished Alumni Award by his alma mater, the University of Oregon. He is currently President of the McDowell/Catt Foundation which provides support to OHSU, Portland Shriner’s Hospital for Children, University of Oregon student loan fund, Albany Boys and Girls Club, and the United Christian Missionary Society.
Projects: Gateway Green, Charleston Coast and Ocean Center
Pete has been active in the development and management of Oregon Solutions since 2003. He started with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in 1988, serving in various management positions. Since 1994, his efforts have focused on developing and implementing multi-agency collaborative solutions for local public health and environmental issues. During this time his work included Environmental Partnerships for Oregon Communities projects across the State, serving as a Natural Resource Advisor in Governor John Kitzhaber’s Community Solutions Office and participating with numerous panels and workshops dealing with local government environmental issues. Pete has received the Federal government “Hammer” award for innovation, the Oregon Governor’s “Investing in People” award, and was selected by the Oregon Association of Water Utilities as a “Friend of Rural Water” for his work with small communities. Pete holds undergraduate degrees in Environmental Sciences and Economics from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.
Projects: Fort Clatsop-to-the-Sea Trail, Reduced Idling at Truckstops, Lakeview Biomass, Cardwell Hill Regional Conservation Strategy, Stream Restoration Partnership, Federal Forestland Health, Renewable Energy Opportunities and Eastern Oregon Land Conservation Partnership
Therese Hampton is principal of H&H Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in facilitation of complex public policy issues. Therese has provided facilitation services to public, private and not for profit organizations. She has worked for Oregon Solutions on wave energy and other renewable energy projects. In addition, she serves as the facilitator for the Reedsport Wave Energy Project settlement process. Prior to consulting, Therese spent 13 years in the utility industry, negotiating and facilitating complex policy issues. Therese served as Vice President of Environment, Fish and Wildlife at Bonneville Power Administration and as Managing Director for Hydro Regulatory Compliance at PacifiCorp.
Projects: Reedsport Wave Energy,Transportation Electrification Executive Council
Jim joined the OS staff in August 2011. He is a former Washington State Legislator who represented West Vancouver and has more than 15 years of facilitation, mediation and problem solving experience. He is the former SW Washington Public Liaison Officer for Governor Chris Gregoire and was her primary point of contact for any policy or community issue in an eight county region. He has served as the City of Vancouver’s Citizen Advocate in the City Manager’s Office and also established the Clark County Juvenile Court’s Victim-Offender Mediation program. While a legislator, Jim also worked part time doing business development work for a Vancouver based mid-sized civil engineering firm. Jim has been part of the NPCC family for several years having served on the Policy Consensus Initiative Board of Directors and also as a volunteer co-convener for the Oregon Solutions Columbia River Clean Diesel Project. Jim spent most of his life in Oregon and has lived in Corvallis, Coos Bay, Salem and St. Helens. Jim has a Master degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in England and a Bachelors degree in History from Oregon State University.
Projects: WISE- Water for Irrigation, Streams and the Economy
Michael Mills has more than 25 years of experience providing public policy dispute resolution. Michael was appointed by Mayor Vera Katz as the first ombudsman for the City of Portland in 1993. Michael served as Ombudsman for Anchorage, Alaska, from 1984 to 1991. Upon returning to Oregon, he was the dispute resolution coordinator for natural resource agencies under the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission. Michael has a B.A. degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and has served twice as President of the U.S. Ombudsman Association. He served on the last Board of Directors of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution before it merged with the Association of Conflict Resolution.
Projects: Cottonwood Canyon State Park Education and Interpretive Center
Lauren started working with Oregon Solutions as an intern in 2008 on the Lower Columbia Solutions Group and also participated as a research assistant on a number of other projects and assessments from 2008-2009. She was hired on full time in 2010 and has worked closely with project managers and with the program director to ensure the smooth operation of the program and the coordination of multiple projects. Lauren has also spent time expanding her knowledge and experience in the training department, and has developed materials for new project managers as well as assisting to coordinate external trainings. Lauren was a volunteer mediator at Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center and holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from PSU and a BA in Communication from the University of Colorado.