Office of the Governor: Agency Subdivisions

Arrest and Return (Extradition)

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-3111
Fax: 503-373-0386
Contact: Frances Lushenko, Director of Extradition Services/Clemency Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 133.743–133.857

Duties and Responsibilities: The director of Extradition Services works with all Oregon county law enforcement agencies, Department of Corrections, Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, other states’ governors, attorneys general and law enforcement agencies. The director serves as administrator for all fugitive extradition processes, domestic and international, and processes executive clemency applications on behalf of the governor.

Carbon Policy Office

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-5145
Fax: 503-373-2362
Contact: Kristen Sheeran Ph.D., Director of Carbon Policy Office

Duties and Responsibilities: In 2018, the Legislature passed HB 5201, creating the office to conduct research, analysis and stakeholder engagement to inform a statewide policy framework to grow Oregon’s economy while achieving Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Constituent Services Office

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-4582
Fax: 503-378-6827

Duties and Responsibilities: The 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 have been raised by Oregonians. 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: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-6833
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Sophorn Cheang, Director
 
Duties and Responsibilities: The office is responsible for the policies and programs that advance equity goals of the governor and supports improving the diversity of state boards and commissions. The office is responsible for ensuring compliance with Titles VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, covering nondiscrimination in Public Funds and Affirmative Action, as well as ensuring compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes 200 and 659A. Additionally, the office works with state agencies to implement solutions to 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 Office, Chief

Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1283
Contact: Lindsey Capps, Chief Education Officer 
Statutory Authority: 2011 Oregon Laws, Chapter 519, Section 1

Duties and Responsibilities: The office oversees the building of a seamless system of public education that meets the diverse learning needs of every Oregon student. 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 at critical transition points; 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.

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 Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Energy

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-5145
Fax: 503-373-2362
Contact: Kristen Sheeran Ph.D., Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor

Duties and Responsibilities: The energy policy advisor works on a range of matters related to energy and 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.

Healthcare

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-6169
Fax: 503-378-6872
Contact: Tina Edlund, Health Policy Advisor; Linda Roman, Deputy Health Policy Advisor

Duties and Responsibilities: Maintaining and increasing access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Oregonians is a top priority for the governor. The health policy advisors are responsible for providing strategic advice and support in the development of policies and initiatives that achieve the governor’s priorities. They work in close collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, the Division of Financial Regulation, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and other state and local government entities, as well as federal partners. The health policy advisors seek feedback from and liaise with physical, behavioral and oral health care providers, the state’s Coordinated Care Organizations, hospitals, health systems, local public health, community mental health, other stakeholders and constituents.​

Housing

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 971-209-8371
Fax: 503-378-6827
Contact: James Labar, Housing Policy Advisor

Duties and Responsibilities: As Oregon’s economy grows, more people need affordable, safe and stable homes that are right for themselves and their families. The governor’s housing policy advisor informs statewide policies and strategies across the housing continuum from homelessness to homeownership. The policy advisor works closely with a number of partner agencies, including Oregon Housing and Community Services, to shape agency budget requests and engage with local stakeholders working on growing opportunities for quality, attainable housing for all Oregonians.

Human Services

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-8472
Fax: 503-378-6827
Contact: Rosa Klein, Human Services Policy Advisor; Katherine Bartlett, Human Services Policy Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities: The governor’s human services policy advisor focuses on maximizing the efficient delivery of services to support all Oregonians, particularly the most vulnerable. The human services policy advisor works with state agencies, community partners, client advocates, and legislative and judicial branch partners to ensure that state programs are designed to meet the needs of children, families, the elderly and disabled, and dovetail with the delivery of federal human services.

Jobs and Economy

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-5232
Fax: 503-378-6827
Contact: Jason Lewis-Berry, Jobs and Economy Advisor

Duties and Responsibilities: Building a thriving Oregon economy is a priority for the governor. The jobs and economy advisor focuses on identifying ways Oregon companies can become more competitive and sustainable, creating family-wage jobs and equitable economic growth. The advisor works to ensure that economic prosperity touches every part of Oregon, urban and rural. Additionally, the advisor works with the public and private sector to promote innovation, develop home-grown businesses, and expand Oregon’s export economy by strengthening connections to international markets.

Labor and Workforce

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-1558
Fax: 503-378-5540
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 and implementation of Future Ready Oregon, the governor’s statewide initiative to close the gap between the skills Oregon’s workforce has and the skills businesses need to grow. To achieve this vision, the advisor serves as a liaison between state and local efforts in education, training and workforce development by ensuring alignment of statewide, local and regional strategic plans through collaboration with local workforce investment boards. The advisor also actively 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: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
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 among state and federal 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.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Gaming, Opioid Epidemic

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-8472
Fax: 503-378-6872
Contact: Jeff Rhoades, OLCC/Gaming/Opioid Epidemic Policy Advisor 

Duties and Responsibilities: The OLCC/Gaming/Opioid Epidemic policy advisor represents the governor on issues relating to legal substance use, including liquor, cannabis and opioids. The advisor also serves as the chair of the Governor’s Opioid Epidemic Task Force. Additional duties include advising the governor on issues related to gaming and revenue generation, including the Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Racing Commission. The advisor guides development of state-level policy related to these specific issue areas. Stakeholder outreach is key to these duties and includes frequent contact with the Legislature, agencies, tribes, industry groups, the federal government and many others.

Public Safety and Oregon Military Department

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-6829
Fax: 503-378-6872
Contact: Heidi Moawad, Public Safety and Oregon Military 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 is responsible for processing emergency declarations, and acts as a liaison between agencies and the governor. Relationships with public safety stakeholders around the state are also critical to achieve the governor’s public safety goals.

Regional Solutions

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-5232
Fax: 503-378-6827
Contact: Jason Lewis-Berry, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: Regional Solutions is an innovative, collaborative approach to community and economic development in Oregon.  Regional Solutions staff from five agencies and the governor’s office live and work in the communities they serve, making sure state agencies work together efficiently and collaborate with local partners from the public, private, philanthropic and academic sectors. The 11 Regional Solutions teams located across the state work with local leaders to identify priorities, solve problems and ensure projects are completed as efficiently as possible.

State Resilience Officer 

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 971-673-1541
Fax: 503-373-2362
Contact: Mike Harryman

Duties and Responsibilities: The State Resilience Officer (SRO) works with all three branches of government by coordinating Continuity of Operations Planning and Continuity of Government. The SRO is the policy advisor to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, executes the long-term goals of the Oregon Resilience Plan, and provides policy to the state’s Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team. The SRO works with private sector and community organizations on resilience efforts that support other policy areas within the governor’s office.

Transportation

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-689-3847
Fax: 503-378-6872
Contact: Brendan Finn, 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. The advisor is also charged with implementation of the 2017 Transportation Package, an essential policy for growing Oregon’s economy.

Veterans

Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-8271
Fax: 503-378-3225
Contact: Kelly Fitzpatrick, 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 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 opportunities.

Washington D.C. Office

Address: Hall of the States, Suite 134, Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-508-3847
Contact: Annie McColaugh, Washington, D.C., Director

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.