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November 2013 Program Speakers

Profiles of the speakers for the November 2013 General Meeting: Government in Our Daily Lives: How and Who Pays

An Outstanding Group

George Beard is Alliance Manager for the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His professional interests focus on public sector innovation, performance improvement and leadership development. During his 30 year career, Beard has divided his time between the public and private sectors, much of it involving the deployment of technology and pursuit of innovation. Beard has worked for several technology and software firms including Unisys, Oracle and Retek in a variety of roles (global alliance management, global account management corporate communications and business development). He has nearly 15 years of public sector experience including time with the U. S. Department of Justice, Bonneville Power Administration, the State of Oregon and Multnomah County. 

Beard has earned degrees from Michigan Sate University (B.A.), the State University of New York at Albany (M.S.) and Portland State University (M.P.A.)

Mark Frohnmayer is currently serving on the Oregon Transportation Commission and the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council, recently appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to guide the Oregon Passenger Rail Environment Impact Statement Project. Frohnmayer served on the Oregon Governor’s Alternate Fuel Vehicle Infrastructure Working Group in 2009 and was peer selected as one of Pacific Northwest’s clean technology Pivotal Leaders. Frohnmayer is a business entrepreneur and founded Arcimoto in October 2007 to bring quality, affordable sustainable vehicles to the public. He spent 11 years in the computer games industry. His first startup was GarageGames.

Frohnmayer graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Carlotta Collette was appointed to the Metro Council in 2007 and elected to the Council in 2008 and 2010 representing District 2. Councilor Collette chairs the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation which determines priorities and projects slated for funding with federal transportation dollars in the Metro Region. Collette is Metro’s representative on the Transit Oriented Development Steering Committee and is Council lead on the Climate Smart Communities to help the region meet statewide greenhouse gas target set by the Oregon Legislature. Before her appointment to Metro, Councilor Collette was a member of the Milwaukie City Council.

For 14 years, Collette was a public involvement strategist with the four-state Northwest Power Planning Council (now the Northwest Power and Conservation Council). The Power Council’s mandate is to protect the Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife while providing adequate water for power generation, irrigation and navigation across an area roughly the size of France.

Collette has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Marylhurst College.

Tobias Read is Chair of the Oregon House Transportation and Economic Development Committee. Representative Read is also a member of the Committee on Revenue, Committee on Tax Credits, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and of Ways and Means Sub-committee on Transportation and Economic Development. He Co-Chairs the Committee on the 1-5 Bridge Replacement Project. Representative Read remains an ex-officio member of the Oregon Innovation Council and the Oregon Business Development Commission. In the 2012 legislative session, Representative Read headed the effort to pass the Oregon Investment Act, a bill he drafted with Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Governor John Kitzhaber, and others. The OIA created a single board to find the best ways to get developing businesses the support they need. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support.

Representative Read earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Willamette University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

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