Meet Our Team


Amanda Oborne

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.


Julie Brown

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.


Laura Kubisiak

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

Chair:
Mary Hull, Stoel Rives

Vice-Chair:
Pat Scruggs, Scruggs & Associates

Treasurer/Finance:
Caleb Pilling, Geffen Mesher

Secretary:
Tyler Harkness, Tonkon Torp

Staff Liaison:
Robyn Knox, Executive Sales Solutions

Board Leadership & Development:
Travis Rush, Founder of Sightbox

Fundraising:
Gilian Fenner, Marsh

Long-Term Funding:
Ann McQuesten, Perkins Coie

Investor Development:
Caroline Lewis, Rogue Venture Partners

Core Curriculum:
Dave Hansen, Columbia Bank

PubTalk:
Joshua Evans, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Central Oregon Advisor:
Gary Bracelin, Tokyo Starfish

CleanTech Cluster:
Vanessa Margolis, VertueLab

Past Chair:
Jon Maroney, Oregon Venture Fund


2019 Program Chairs

Awards Dinner Chair: 
Jim McCreight, OTBC

Awards Dinner Vice Chair: 
Meredith Fox, White Summers

Annual Campaign:
Brie Bridegum, Stoel Rives LLP


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