BethAnne is a passionate advocate supporting organizations to achieve their missions. A champion for strong public policy to support the greater good, BethAnne’s extensive experience includes public education, healthcare, public health, retirement security, labor unions, and public defense services for youth. Clients benefit from BethAnne’s big picture problem solving using detailed analysis, strong communication, and effective advocacy.
In her over 20 year career, BethAnne has served in non-profits, private businesses, and government institutions alike. As the Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs at the Oregon Education Association, BethAnne made her mark on public education and labor. During her tenure she built effective grassroots coalitions internally and externally to support the political and communications strategies necessary to achieve the Association’s goals for its 42,000 members. This included her leadership on strategic governance teams for high-stakes candidate and ballot measure campaigns, and as OEA’s chief lobbyist for stable and equitable education funding, affordable healthcare, and retirement security among other subjects important to OEA.
After the OEA, BethAnne served at the Oregon Health Authority where she delivered strategic communication and policy to improve access to healthcare for Oregon’s one million Medicaid members. This required coordination across 4,000 OHA staff and stakeholders including tribal governments; labor unions; policymakers at local, state, and federal levels; the press; and other interested parties.
Adept at driving strategic partnerships, BethAnne worked with Moda Health to develop and deliver approaches to governing complex regulatory structures. Her keen knowledge of health care systems and collaborative relationship building across multiple interests and organizations were pivotal as she led the internal process to develop and write Moda’s strategic plans for two consecutive years.
Most recently she led Spark Change Consultancy, helping with change management for institutions and their leaders. Her non-profit experience includes acting as the Interim Executive Director of Youth, Rights & Justice, which offers legal services for youth in need.
BethAnne is a member of the Oregon State Bar and holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law and a BA in Humanities from UC Berkeley. She currently serves on the boards of Trillium Family Services and the Oregon state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A former exchange student herself, BethAnne proudly participates as a family liaison with the American Field Service global student exchange program.
BethAnne lives in Portland, Oregon with her “almost-launched” daughter. In her free-time, she enjoys traveling internationally, and walking and throwing the ball for her two goofy dogs.