Before taking on the role of Director of Oregon Consensus, Laurel served as the Oregon Consensus Human Services Program Manager and the Director of Training for the National Policy Consensus Center. Laurel draws on nearly 25 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator and trainer in public service and private practice. In 2011, she received the Oregon Mediation Association’s Bryan Johnston Award in recognition of outstanding service in the public policy mediation field. She has worked extensively in the human service arena and has practiced as a licensed professional counselor. Laurel has an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and is enrolled in the Public Administration PhD program at Portland State University.
Julia began working for Oregon Solutions as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2009 to develop program evaluation tools and case studies. Since that time she has provided project support for the Lloyd Green District, the Federal Forest Advisory Committee Implementation Working Group (FFAC IWG) and the Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon). Prior to working at OS, Julia was a planner for the Cities of Clearwater, West Palm Beach and a Special Projects Manager through the RARE program for Cascade Locks. She holds a B.A. in English with minors in Geography and Urban Planning from University of Florida and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Lauren ensures smooth operation of Oregon Solutions and Oregon Consensus by monitoring projects; developing budgets; interfacing with stakeholders; contributing to project assessment, implementation, and evaluation; and developing and delivering training. Lauren previously conducted mediation for the Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center and worked in human resource management in the hospitality industry. Lauren earned an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and a certificate in Project Management from Portland State University, and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado.
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.
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: Federal Forestland Advisory Committee Implementation Working Group, Fort Clatsop-to-the-Sea Trail, Reduced Idling at Truckstops, Lakeview Biomass, Stream Restoration Partnership, , Renewable Energy Opportunities and Eastern Oregon Land Conservation Partnership, Western Juniper Utilization Group
Sarah has been working for the National Policy Consensus Center and its programs, including Oregon Solutions, since 2007. Prior to joining NPCC, she was previously a Research Assistant at Oregon Health and Sciences University. From 2002-2006, Sarah taught writing at the University of Arizona where she also received her MFA in Creative Writing. She graduated from Vassar College in 2001 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, where she taught English to elementary and secondary level students.
Projects: Green Modular Classrooms
Steve Greenwood is the Deputy Director for Oregon programs at the National Policy Consensus Center, with more than 35 years of public service at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as a brief time in the private sector. He has been at Oregon Solutions and the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University since 2003 and teaches a graduate-level class, “Foundations of Collaborative Governance”, at PSU.
Steve has led numerous collaborative processes on issues such as Oregon’s urban-rural divide, water allocations in eastern Oregon, and Columbia River sediment management. He has been a frequent speaker on collaborative governance at conferences and seminars around the country, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and received a Fulbright fellowship to assist the government of Portugal on solid waste policy in 1991. He is also the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon’s Planning, Public Policy and Management program.
Projects: Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD), North Portland- Swan Island Neighbors, Columbia River-Umatilla Solutions Taskforce, Lower Columbia Solutions Group, Oregon Gardens- SPROut, Willamette Falls Locks, Reedsport Wave Energy, Delta Ponds
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.
Project Manager/ Program Outreach Manager
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, Innovation and Learning Center, The Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative (now reHome Oregon), Regional Accelerator Innovation Network (RAIN), South Santiam Community Forest Corridor
Oregon Solutions Network Research & Development
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.