November 24th – Clackamas County – What to Expect in 2021
Oregon City Business Alliance
Clackamas County – What to Expect in 2021
Tuesday, November 24th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
This event is free. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
With so much happening this year in Clackamas County, come hear the latest on the difficult challenges, tragedies, and events that have affected our communities here in Clackamas County. This ranges from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown to the massive destruction caused by the recent wildfires. We continue to also deal with transportation issues, the ongoing homeless crisis, and affordable housing problems. Our County Commissioners will provide us with a current update on the many important issues in our local region.
Jim Bernard was elected Clackamas County Commission Chair in November 2016. He has served on the county commission since 2009. He previously served as Mayor of Milwaukie for eight years.
In 2001 Jim was elected Mayor of Milwaukie, a position he held until his election as a County Commissioner. His father Joe also served as Mayor of Milwaukie in the early 1960s. Jim credits his success as a public servant to his understanding that any successful undertaking requires outstanding customer service and innovative partnerships.
One of his proudest accomplishments was the creation of the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market, in cooperation with the Milwaukie Downtown Development Association. He was president of the organization at the time and now serves as President of Celebrate Milwaukie Inc. that runs the Market. The Sunday Market provided Milwaukie residents an opportunity to access their Mayor and helped to bring the community together.
Jim has also served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Automotive Service Association of Portland; president of the Milwaukie Downtown Development Association; chair of the Milwaukie Riverfront Board; and as a member of the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation Board, Clackamas County Coordination Committee, Complete Community Connections, Oregon Mayors Association Board, South Corridor Committee, Aquatic Center Task Force and the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Jim’s academic background includes a B.A. in Business Administration and Arts & Letters from Portland State University and a graduate certificate from the University of Oregon’s Pacific Program in Leadership Development.
Sonya Fischer is serving her first full term on the Clackamas County Commission.
Sonya joined the County Commission in 2017 after a long history of community involvement as a local attorney, business owner, as a legislative director for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and as an advocate for people with disabilities. Growing up in unincorporated Multnomah County as the daughter of a produce buyer, Sonya was raised with a special appreciation of the rural and agricultural communities so important to the economy and culture of Clackamas County.
She graduated from Centennial High School and earned degrees from Warner Pacific College, Portland State University, and Lewis & Clark Law School.
Much of Sonya’s life experience directly relates to the critical role county government plays in the life, health, and safety of our community. As a young mother of a child with severe disabilities and with family members impacted by mental health issues, Sonya understands the importance of services that provide a community safety net for families and has made that one of her priorities. Sonya also owns the law firm Fischer Family Law, PC, giving her an understanding of the needs and priorities of small businesses, which create the greatest number of jobs in our county. And because her work involves reducing conflict while solving difficult problems, Sonya is focused on ways to make county government work effectively and respectfully, both internally and in its relationships with citizens and the 15 cities and unincorporated areas that make up Clackamas County. Sonya is married to Kirk Mouser and has three grown children and two grandchildren.
Ken Humberston was elected Clackamas County Commissioner in November 2016. He has worked in law enforcement and as a schoolteacher and firefighter. Ken served in the United States Marine Corps and has held public office as mayor, school board member, fire board member, and on several economic development agencies.
Martha Schrader has served continuously as a Clackamas County Commissioner since January 2013. She previously served as a commissioner from 2003 to 2009 (and as Chair from 2005 to 2007). Martha represented Oregon’s 20th District as state senator from 2009 to 2011.
Before entering office, Martha was an entomologist, a schoolteacher, and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce
In her free time, Martha enjoys kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in education from Portland State University. She is also a fellow with the American Leadership Forum.
Paul saw first-hand the ability of local government to influence the daily lives of citizens. As a resident of an unincorporated area of Clackamas County, he was concerned with the lack of effective public process for land use applications. That led to his involvement in several local governing boards and committees, where he used his personal experiences to ensure effective public engagement and decision making for all citizens.
- November 24, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm