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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)

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

Statutory Authority: ORS 133.743–133.857


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


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 citizens 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 seeks to treat all inquiries fairly, to examine each situation objectively and to respond in a clear and helpful way.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-378-6833
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Serena Stoudamire, Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action;
Nakeia Daniels, Affirmative Action Manager; Eloisa Miller, Economic and Business Equity Manager

 

Duties and Responsibilities: The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for the development and execution of a broad-based program that advances the public engagement mission and equity goals of the Office of the Governor in conjunction with major social, economic and political institutions and programs. The office is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Title VII Affirmative Action directives of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Oregon Revised Statutes 659A by sharing and interpreting their objectives. The office responds to issues and concerns of Oregonians raised at the Constituent Services Office; identifies opportunities to increase equity and inclusion throughout out all policy areas; and works with the executive appointments staff to broaden diversity in the recruitment, confirmation, and ongoing participation of volunteer members of statewide boards and commissions. Additionally, the office works in collaboration with all state agencies to implement solutions to effectively promote, create and sustain equity and inclusion in contracting for Oregon’s disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned, emerging small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, and sets state agency compliance standards for statewide contracting practices.

 

Education
Address: 775 Court St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1283
Fax: 503-378-6827

Email: lindsey.d.capps@oregon.gov
Contact: Lindsey Capps, Education Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: For the state’s children to succeed and thrive, Oregon is building a seamless system of education from cradle to career to ensure that every student is ready to learn and prepare for a future in which they can compete in the global workforce and be economically secure. The education policy advisor represents the governor on education issues, guiding policy and priority setting for early learning through higher education. Under the governor, the chief education officer serves as education policy advisor, coordinating with multiple state agencies and convening key stakeholders to advance strategies to ensure equitable access, opportunity and outcomes for students across the unified public education system.

 

Chief Education Office
Address: 775 Court St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1283
Email: education.investment@oregon.gov
Web: http://education.oregon.gov
Contact: Lindsey Capps, Acting Chief Education Officer
Statutory Authority: 2011 Oregon Laws, Chapter 519, Section 1


Duties and Responsibilities: The Chief Education Office oversees the building of a seamless system of public education that meets the diverse learning needs of every Oregon student from cradle to career. The purpose of the office is to elevate policies and practices to improve student learning outcomes and achieve statewide educational goals; ensure educational equity, opportunity and access to multiple pathways of learning from early childhood through postsecondary education; eliminate systemic barriers for students and growing the capacity of the unified public education system to serve student success; provide for a well-supported, culturally responsive education workforce; build collaborative partnerships with education stakeholders to further the design and effective implementation of state agency initiatives; and implement a statewide data system to evaluate and inform education policy and programs.

 

As the successor to the Oregon Education Investment Board, the office fulfills these duties by convening key stakeholders across education sectors and providing strategic leadership and coordination to multi-agency research, planning and policymaking. For these purposes, the chief education officer provides direction and oversight to state education agencies including the Early Learning Division, Youth Development Division, Oregon Department of Education, Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.

 

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

Email: ruchi.sadhir@oregon.gov
Contact: Ruchi Sadhir, Energy Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The energy policy advisor works on a range of matters related to energy and climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, including power plants and transportation fuels, is the largest cause of climate change. The energy policy advisor is focused on meaningfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change while keeping energy reliable and costs affordable to benefit Oregonians and the state economy. The policy advisor works on strategies for the public and private utility sector, energy transmission and distribution, transportation fuels, and energy infrastructure improvements.


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


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: 503-378-5540
Email: elana.pirtle-guiney@oregon.gov
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: 503-986-6535
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Jason Miner, Natural Resources Policy Manager
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 and Oregon Military Department
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 and OregonMilitary Department Policy Advisor


Duties and Responsibilities: The Public Safety and Oregon Military Department 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 with state and local groups to achieve the governor’s public safety goals.

 

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 center works 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 as efficiently as possible.

 

Transportation
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 126, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-6545
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Karmen Fore, Senior Director for Federal/Regional Affairs and Transportation Policy Advisor


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

 

Veterans
Address: 700 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-2388
Fax: 503-373-2362
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.

 

Washington D.C. Office
Address: Hall of the States, Suite 134, Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-508-3847
Email: drew.johnston@oregon.gov
Contact: Drew Johnston, Washington, D.C., Director; Karmen Fore, Senior Director for Federal/Regional Affairs (Oregon)

 

Duties and Responsibilities: The governor’s Washington, D.C., office serves as liaison between state government, including the the Office of the Governor and state agencies, and federal government, including the U.S. Congress and the Oregon congressional delegation, the presidential administration and federal agencies. Federal decisions have an outsized impact on state affairs, and the office monitors and advocates on behalf of the state of Oregon. The office also serves as the state’s principal connection to many outside organizations, including the National Governors Association and the Western Governors’ Association.