Meet Our Team
President & Executive Director
Amanda Oborne is on a mission to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem across Oregon that is prosperous, equitable, restorative, and resilient. She’s especially interested in leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs facing systemic disadvantages. As Vice President of Food, Farms & Fisheries at Ecotrust, Amanda helped develop the Redd on Salmon St. in Portland’s Central Eastside, and was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Early in her career, Amanda honed skills in database marketing in the apparel and software sectors. Amanda holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Amanda is constantly on the search for: game-changing innovation in both companies and systems.
Director of Operations
Julie has 15 years of hotel management industry experience, working for entities such as Marriott Hotel Corporation, Hilton Hotel Corporation, Doubletree Hotels and Kimpton Hotel Group, as well as The RiverPlace Hotel in downtown Portland.Currently, Julie is responsible for the planning and executing of OEN’s three major annual special events: OEN’s Angel Oregon, the OEN Entrepreneurial Summit, and the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards. She also manages OEN’s investment groups. Julie is a native Oregonian and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Julie is constantly on the search for: A worthy opponent to crush on the tennis court.
West Metro Venture Catalyst
Laura is responsible for building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in West Portland as well as meeting with scalable startups in traded sectors to evaluate their needs and help them access people, programs and financial resources to be successful. She works closely with regional and state government, economic development and partner organizations to enhance industry cluster/sector efforts by connecting startups with resources and investors, and raising awareness of grants, loans and other services which help startups access federal and state funds.
2020 Board of Directors
President & Executive Director:
Amanda Oborne, OEN
Mary Hull, Stoel Rives
Pat Scruggs, Scruggs & Associates
Caleb Pilling, Geffen Mesher
Tyler Harkness, Tonkon Torp
Robyn Knox, Executive Sales Solutions
Board Leadership & Development:
Travis Rush, Founder of Sightbox
Gilian Fenner, Marsh
Ann McQuesten, Perkins Coie
Caroline Lewis, Rogue Venture Partners
Dave Hansen, Columbia Bank
Joshua Evans, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Central Oregon Advisor:
Gary Bracelin, Tokyo Starfish
Vanessa Margolis, VertueLab
Jon Maroney, Oregon Venture Fund
2019 Program Chairs
Awards Dinner Chair:
Jim McCreight, OTBC
Awards Dinner Vice Chair:
Meredith Fox, White Summers
Brie Bridegum, Stoel Rives LLP