As of October 1, OWEB has undergone a leadership transition. Tom Byler, who served as Executive Director for the organization since early 2005, has accepted the position of Director for the Oregon Water Resources Department. We wish Tom the best in his new position. We are excited he is staying within the natural resource agency 'family', and look forward to a continued close relationship with the Water Resources Department in the future.
As a result of that transition, Meta Loftsgaarden will be moving from Deputy Director to Executive Director. Meta has worked for the agency since January 2012 and, prior to that, served on the OWEB Board representing the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 2007.
In addition, Renee Davis will be moving into the position of Deputy Director. She also will manage the Focused Investment and Policy Program. Renee has been with OWEB since 2007, when she began a job rotation with the agency from the Institute for Natural Resources, before being hired by OWEB in September 2011.
Finally, Lauri Aunan, OWEB’s Grant Program Manager who has worked for the agency since 2007, will officially take on operations functions within the agency, including projects such as continuous improvement of the agency’s programs and employee engagement initiatives. As OWEB continues to work through the transition to permanent funding with Measure 76, formalizing our internal agency operations is a key role that Lauri will spearhead, in addition to leading the Grant Program.
Throughout this leadership transition, OWEB continues to provide its traditional granting and monitoring and reporting services, implement the Board's Long Term Investment Strategy framework (adopted in June 2013), and streamline operations through a continuous improvement process. We look forward to our continued partnerships to help protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies.
If you have questions, please contact OWEB at 503-986-0181.
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