Mary Anne Cooper, Program Co-Chair, is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She works with state and federal agencies on water quality/supply, removal-fill, ESA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, land use and other natural resources issues.
Kirk B. Maag, Program Co-Chair, leads the Food & Agribusiness Team at Stoel Rives LLP. His practice involves advising clients in natural resource industries, including farmers, ranchers, other agribusinesses, water suppliers, and forest products companies.
Dave Dillon, Special Presenter, is Executive Vice President of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, Oregon’s largest farm and ranch membership organization. He started his Farm Bureau career as communications director in 1996 and was appointed EVP in July 2002. He previously worked for U.S. Senator Bob Packwood for six years.
Alexis Taylor, Special Presenter, was appointed Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture by Governor Kate Brown in December 2016. She works with the Governor and Legislature, as well as agricultural, conservation, and consumer groups, to carry out the state’s agriculture policy. She previously oversaw the USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
Elaine R. Albrich, Counsel with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, teams with clients to offer practical, strategic solutions for navigating and resolving complex situations involving use of land, impacts to natural resources, discretionary permits and licenses, and other government-imposed hurdles.
Natasha Bellis, Program Manager with the Deschutes River Conservancy, joined the DRC in 2016. She provides strategic oversight of the organization’s stream flow restoration programs, including negotiating stream flow restoration agreements and convening and facilitating stakeholder processes in priority reaches.
Scott Dahlman is the Policy Director of Oregonians for Food & Shelter, a grassroots coalition representing agriculture and forestry on issues of pesticides, fertilizer, and biotechnology. He previously worked for the Washington Farm Bureau, the Washington State Grange, and as staff in both the Oregon and Washington legislatures.
Rocky Dallum is a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP. His practice includes strategic counsel and direct advocacy for corporate and nonprofit clients engaging Oregon’s legislative and executive branches. He is particularly active in agriculture & natural resources.
David A. Ernst, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, represents restaurant chains, food manufacturers and distributors in claims and litigation throughout the country. Over the last 20 years, he has handled more than 2,000 matters arising from outbreak and contamination events including E. coli, Hepatitis A, and Salmonella claims.
Craig Horrell, General Manager of the Central Oregon Irrigation District, has worked with COID for over four years and has brought a record of solid ethics, energy, creativity, and an intuitive and fair nature. He provides an unparalleled mastery of local, state and federal issues in areas with sensitive water, environmental and land use challenges.
Elizabeth E. Howard is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. She focuses on water law, agriculture, and natural resources law. She represents clients in transactions with state & federal agencies, in court and administrative proceedings.
Holly L. Kerns is Director of the Planning Department with Baker City and County. She has worked on a variety of rural and urban planning issues including implementation of the state’s “Sage-grouse rule”, mineral and aggregate mining, energy projects and code development. She began working for the County in 2006.
Alisha L. Kormondy, an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP, assists with the resolution of employment-related disputes. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, she was with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Dylan Kruse, Policy Director with Sustainable Northwest, is responsible for state and federal legislative activity and agency engagement. He represents the organization’s broad market and public policy priorities, is the organization’s bioenergy lead, and works on wood biomass utilization and energy projects across the Northwest.
Jenna L. Mooney, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, defends employers in wage and hour, wrongful discharge, and discrimination matters, and litigates trade secret and noncompetition cases. She helps employers proactively develop and maintain best practices, and trains managers and employees regarding diversity, harassment, and other key topics.
Brandy A. Sargent, Counsel with K&L Gates LLP, provides legal services to agribusiness clients including producers and processors. She is experienced in corporate reorganization, workouts/bankruptcy, and agricultural contracting and enforcement.
Steven L. Shropshire is a shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC with over 20 years of experience in natural resources and environmental law. He focuses much of his work on water rights, state and federal water policy, water quality issues, and the ESA.