Happy Valley resident Amber Schulz-Oliver, executive director of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corp., has been nominated by Gov. Kate Brown to a state agency that invests millions of dollars in business capital annually.
The Oregon Growth Board was created in the 2012 legislative session in an effort to spur economic expansion by leveraging state resources for loans to Oregon-based companies seen as having a high potential for growth. Schulz-Oliver, who identifies as an American Indian with Celilo/Yakama heritage, hopes to use the platform on the growth board to raise awareness for the economic development needs of Oregon tribes.
"I am excited to represent my community and rural areas," she said. "I'm happy about this recognition that Native voices are underrepresented, and the state of Oregon is doing something to change that."
Schulz-Oliver was among a list of more than 50 people that Brown submitted to the Oregon Senate for confirmation to be appointed to state boards and commissions. The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to consider the nominations Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Other residents of Clackamas County on Brown's list included Clackamas-based physical therapist Kristin Okumura, who was asked to serve on the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board. Milwaukie resident Pamela Heisler, who recently revived Oregon's chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, was nominated to the Governor's Child Foster Care Advisory Commission.
"State boards and commissions delve into the issues and policies that impact so many aspects of our daily lives, and all Oregonians should have their voices represented in that process," Brown said. "These nominees reflect the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints that make Oregon a unique and vibrant place to call home. I'd like to thank each of them for their dedication to serving the people of Oregon."
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