VENERABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP NONPROFIT NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Amanda Oborne joins Oregon Entrepreneurs Network as Executive Director, November 2019
Portland, Ore., — The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) has named Amanda Oborne as Executive Director starting November 2019. The OEN Board based its decision on her vision to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurship in Oregon. With an extensive background developing regional food infrastructure and supporting food entrepreneurship at the nonprofit Ecotrust, plus 15 years of experience in direct marketing and marketing strategy for private enterprise, Oborne has a proven track record in defining strategy and building teams in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Oborne succeeds Interim Executive Director Jim Coonan, who has led the organization since June 2019.
As Vice President of Food, Farms & Fisheries at Ecotrust, Oborne helped develop the Redd on Salmon St. in Portland’s Central Eastside
Industrial District as a two-block campus dedicated to the growth of the local food economy, including sourcing products from the region’s many farmers, ranchers, fishers and specialty food makers. Her research into regional food infrastructure and the Agriculture of the Middle has helped define Ecotrust’s work in local food since 2013.
“I’m incredibly excited to join the team at OEN because I believe that, with the right support, entrepreneurship can be key to both personal resilience and community-building, as well as an important source of economic vitality in our state,” said Oborne.
Prior to Ecotrust, Oborne served as the executive director of a Northwest trade association in the fitness and wellness sector, and with software companies including Intuit in Silicon Valley. Early in her career, she worked with Levi Strauss & Co. and honed skills in database and relationship marketing. Oborne has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Her parents own a small buffalo ranch in Central Oregon.
“The team is excited to work with Amanda as OEN’s new Executive Director,” said Mary Hull, Chair of OEN’s Board of Directors. “We had about 200 applicants and a very competitive process. Amanda stood out because of her amazing combination of skills and experience, such as her work bringing together disparate groups in our local and regional food ecosystems to foster innovation, community, social equity and prosperity, and also her successes as a marketer working with big brands in tech and apparel. She’s an exceptional person and the Board is thrilled to be working with her,” said Hull.
About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 28-year track record, OEN connects entrepreneurs to a network of peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. OEN believes that a thriving network of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger.
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