Oregon Solutions Director
Karmen Fore has had an influential career working at the local, state, and national levels. She most recently served as Governor Kate Brown’s Senior Director for Federal Affairs & Transportation where she oversaw the state’s federal and transportation policy agendas. She led the governor’s effort to pass the Keep Oregon Moving Act (HB 2017) – a $5.3 billion comprehensive transportation package passed in 2017. She also previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director to US Representative Peter DeFazio, professional staff to the US House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and as Communications & Policy Analyst to the Oregon Commission on Children & Families. Ms. Fore teaches, writes papers, and speaks on a broad array of issues ranging from leadership, natural resources, social and economic trends, and transportation policy. She has a master’s degree in public affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in planning, public policy, and management from the University of Oregon.
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.
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.
Since 2010, Manuel Padilla has engaged in peace building, conflict transformation/reconciliation, humanitarian development, and dialogue locally and internationally. Some of his most formative years were spent in Haiti and Chad, where he worked to support peace education efforts in Cite Soleil, and to manage the formal education system with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and refugees displaced from Darfur. Manuel has focused much of the last 5 years on facilitation: doing mediation and restorative justice work (victim-offender dialogue) for Clackamas County, traveling the breadth of Oregon conducting public dialogue and bridging work for Oregon Humanities, and running workshops and trainings on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) toward institution and culture change. After returning to the United State in 2015, Manuel worked as adjunct professor at Marylhurst University, teaching on intercultural communication and communication for social change, and was the executive director of Portland Meet Portland, where he got to build, among other things, podcasting and transmedia storytelling programs to raise the voices of immigrants and refugees. Manuel holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from PSU and a master’s degree in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace.
Julia began working for Oregon Solutions in 2009 to develop program evaluation protocols, survey instruments, and case studies. Since that time she has led assessments, research, communications, and administrative support for over a dozen projects notably for the Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) since 2010. Prior to her role at Oregon Solutions, Julia worked in planning and development review for the Cities of Clearwater, West Palm Beach and then through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (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 with a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Portland State University. Since 2011, she has been co-leading educational and public policy exchanges for the Vietnam Oregon Initiative through partnerships with UNHabitat, the Intel Vietnam Scholars Program, USAID, and the US Embassy.
Before taking on her current role in 2015, Amy worked as a Graduate Assistant for the National Policy Consensus Center providing both project support and research assistance. Since that time, Amy has worked on projects focusing on education, social services, natural resources, community engagement and civic crowdfunding. In addition to her role at NPCC, Amy is a part-time instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in the Transiciones Program. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University.