engaged close to full time on the staff of the
Oregon Business Council, where I manage
research and communication for OBC's public policy work. As
opportunities come along, I
handle projects for outside clients.
I've been doing this work since the 1970s. Initially
I focused on program planning and
grant writing. Then I expanded into marketing, business planning, and investor
communications. In the mid '80s I began to work on
statewide public policy projects. Since 1990 I've handled a mix of
assignments for corporate, government, and nonprofit
clients. Many of my clients are in or near the Portland area, but I've worked all over
the country and I welcome jobs in other places.
My consulting career builds on prior
experience, including five
years of daily newspaper reporting and editing, first at The Oregonian in
Portland, and then at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk,
Virginia. Between employment at those papers, I served in the U.S. Army
as assistant public affairs officer at the Department of
Defense Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk. When I returned to
Portland I worked two years at the precursor to Education Northwest where I had responsibility for program
development and grant writing.
Over the years I've served on boards and committees for a number of civic, charitable, and arts
organizations, and consulted pro bono with others. I've also done communications
work for both local and statewide political campaigns.
Education: I earned a
BS degree in 1967 from what is now
Western Oregon University. My real education has come from decades of client work and voluminous reading,
supplemented by upper division, graduate, and technical
courses in political science, literature, business finance, writing, art, and computer
Reading, golf, physical training, public
affairs and political issues, home and garden projects.