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  • Economic Summit Bios

  • Mayor Shane Bemis

    Mayor BemisShane Bemis was sworn into office as the City of Gresham's 26th Mayor on January 2, 2007 and re-elected to a second term in November 2010. At the age of 34, Bemis became the youngest Mayor to serve the City of Gresham.

    A stalwart supporter of sustainable practices, Bemis currently serves as the Chair of the Energy Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors. He has spoken nationally about Gresham's sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, including being invited by the US Secretary of Energy to deliver the keynote address as the Department of Energy's Clean Energy Summit.

    Bemis futhers his community interests through board service. During his time in office he has served on boards for the League of Oregon Cities, East Metro Economic Alliance, Greater Portland Inc., Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) (Chair), the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transporation (JPACT), and the Regional Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force.

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  • Charlie Allcock

    Charlie AllcockCharlie Allcock is the Director of Business Development at Portland General Electric, Oregon's largest electric utility. Charlie works with local, regional and state economic development organizations to enhance growth of existing businesses and attract.

    Charlie leads regional and corporate initiatives on renewable energy, clean technologies and broadband communications including electric vehicles, solar, wind power generation and energy storage. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Drive Oregon (Electric Vehicle promotion) and the Portland Streetcar, Inc. He served on Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's Ten-Year Energy Plan Task Force and was Vice-Chair of the Oregon Transportation Electrification Executive Council. In 2011, Charlie was recognized by Automotive News in the Electrifying 100 listing as a global leader in transportation electrification.

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  • John Horvick

    John HorvickJohn Horvick  has 10 years of opinion research experience and manages projects at all levels. Collaborating with principals, he directs the development of survey questionnaires, moderates focus groups, and provides analysis and reporting for the firm. John has been involved in key projects including the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) working with teachers on school conditions and retention; ConnCAN, surveying teachers on education reform in Connecticut; the Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams; Energy Trust of Oregon; Oregon Health & Science University; Metro (Oregon), and the cities of Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Lake Oswego.

    John previously was a project director at the University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research and Oregon Health & Science University. He was recently voted President Elect of the City Club of Portland. In the past, he has served on the City Club's Board of Governors and chaired its research board.

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  • Andrew McGough

    Andrew McGoughAndrew McGough is the Executive Director of Worksystems, Inc., a regional policy and investment organization focused on improving the quality of the workforce in the City of Portland, Washington and Multnomah counties. He brings over 20 years of workforce development experience to Worksystems and has been engaged with workforce and human service programs and policy at the national, state and local levels.

    Prior to joining Worksystems, Andrew started two successful non-profit organizations and worked as a consultant offering a variety of management and organizational development services. He is a recognized expert in workforce program development and performance management and is a frequent speaker at national, state and regional events.

    He is active on several lcoal and state Boards and is the current Chair of the Oregon Workforce Partnership and the Vice Chair of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.

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  • Mark Lewis

    Mark LewisA lifelong educator and advocate for youth, Mark Lewis is drive by a passion for the critical role that education has in shaping the lives and prosperity of individuals and communities. He brings over 25 years of experience in STEM - from his first career as a satellite engineer, to teaching high school science and mathematics, to international community development in several countries overseas.

    He currently serves as the Director of STEM for Oregon's Chief Education Officer and the Oregon Educational Investment Board. In that capacity, he facilitates the work of the STEM Investment Council to make strategic policy and investment recommendations that will increase motivation, participation, and preparation of youth and adults in STEM in order to drive innovation and economic growth in communities across the State.

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  • Dr. Debra DerrDr. Debra Derr began her community college career as an adult returning student at Clackamas Community College over 30 years ago. She has held various positions in community college education as a professional support staff, faculty and administrator. She has served as a senior administrator in the states of Oregon, Wisconsin and Iowa before returning to Mt. Hood Community College as the tenth president in its 48 year history.

    Dr. Derr has served in roles to include: Coordinator of Disability Services, Counselor, Instructor, Dean, and Vice President for Student Development and Services at MHCC before leaving Oregon. In 2008, she accepted the presidency of North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa where she served until her opportunity to return to Oregon as the tenth president of Mt. Hood Community College.

    The breadth of Dr. Derr's experience includes local and statewide diversity efforts, workforce development initiatives, faculty innovation, and numerous strategies in support of academic preparedness and student success.

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