Lightning Round with Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland

Posted on August 20, 2012

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Mary Beth Henry, Manager

Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

City of Portland

Favorite book of all-time:

Micropolis in Transition by Dr. Edward Henry (full disclosure – yes he is my father)– Financed by the Ford Foundation and published in 1971 it is a case study of the challenges facing a small city in the late 1960’s.

Books that are on your nightstand right now:

  • Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power covering Lyndon Johnson from 1958-1964 – absolutely riveting for political junkies
  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Portland author Lois Leveen – it’s based on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates.

(Fill in the blank) When you wake up in the morning, you are motivated by………

knowing I will enjoy riding my bicycle to a challenging job where I get to advocate for the public interest in broadband and defend local authority while learning something new every single day.

If you ran for elected office, what position would you run for?

Mayor – follow in my father’s footsteps

Your best piece of career advice:

It’s all about relationships.  Great relationships, professional and personal, are worth their weight in gold!  And it doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humor in building those relationships.

Your favorite social media outlet:


Which actor/actress would play you in a movie?

Jamie Lee Curtis – every once in awhile someone tells me I look like her which flatters me to no end!

What is the home page on your web browser?


Biggest issue facing local government:

Tax reform to ensure adequate revenue to address local needs and civility in the face of controversial issues

Two things that people will say about you at your retirement party:

  • She made a difference.
  • She was passionate about local government representing the public interest.

First concert that you ever attended:

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra  Oh….you mean rock concert?  Oh dear I am dating myself – The Beach Boys


Name three of your mentors:

  • My father, Edward Henry, former Mayor of St. Cloud, MN and College President,
  • Joan English, Deputy City Manager of West Hollywood, CA,

Who is at the dinner table if you could invite any three people (dead or alive)?

  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) was a celebrated Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor and painter. 
  • Sir Richard Branson (1950 – ) a famed British entrepreneur, is best known for his widely successful Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations and
  • Julia Child (1912 – 2004) – was a famous American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Her advice – “Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”  Obviously she would do the cooking for dinner!

(Fill in the blank) Government….

leaders are supposed to bring the right amount of the future into the present ……..

(Fill in the blank) ELGL is ……..

an awesome networking and content rich (because of the speakers and use of social media) un-organization AND I mean this as a great complement!!

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