And now a word from our panelists and moderator.
Carolyn Eagan, Business Advocate, Bend, OR
Bio: As the City of Bend’s Business Advocate, I work for all of the businesses in Bend but I’m employed by the City. It is sort of an Omsbudsman to the business community. The other part of my job is to bring the best of private-sector business practices into the City of Bend operations.
First paying job: Camp Counselor
Soundtrack of your life: Get Out the Map, Indigo Girls
Book you are currently reading: Black Mass
Anything else: I am married to a fabulous guy and I have a 4 year old daughter
Justin Cutler, Director, Sunrise Recreation District
Bio: PLAY (Positive Life Activities for YOU)! Leadership. Collaboration.
First paying job: Dishwasher – at Camp SAMBICA
Soundtrack of your life: Crawling Back to You – Tom Petty
Book you are currently reading: Who has time for books – Harvard Business Review
Anything else: I get excited about the future of local government whenever I attend an ELGL event
Jennie Day-Burgett, Prichard Communications
Bio: As Vice President of a boutique communications agency, I lead our account team and manage client relations. I support business development and innovation, and help staff develop their full potential. I work with amazing thought leaders and social do-gooders who amaze me every single day with their ability to impact change around some of our country’s most pressing issues.
First paying job: Pool cleaner at our neighborhood pool.
Soundtrack of your life: I’ve Just Seen a Face, The Beatles
Book you are currently reading: The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman
Anything else: I spent five years as PIO in the Portland Water Bureau.
Marissa Grass, Associate Planner, Tigard, OR
Bio: I work in the Community Planning division and focus most of my time on outreach for our long range planning projects.
First paying job: Cold Stone
Soundtrack of your life: Jamming – Bob Marley
Book you are currently reading: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Moderator: Emily Leuning, ELGL Project Assistant
Bio: I’m working on creating a Small Business Resource Center in West Linn, façade grants and industrial properties in
Sherwood, and articles/organizing/outreach for ELGL.
First paying job: Paper Route
Soundtrack of your life: Spice Up Your Life by the Spice Girls
Book you are currently reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Anything else: My Oprah giveaway moment would be giving everyone in the world a bike (and a helmet) so that we can all share the joy of biking. I’m pretty sure world peace would follow.