OBI Policy Management
Ginny LangInterim President
Ginny (M.B.A., University of Oregon; M.L.S., University of Washington; B.A., University of Washington) brings more than 30 years of public policy experience to her role as interim president. For most of her career, Lang has represented Oregon businesses at the Capitol in Salem. Originally from Spokane, Lang has lived in Oregon since 1973. She enjoys reading and time with her family, especially exploring Oregon’s backroads with her husband, Phil. Her love for Oregon and appreciation for the importance of job-creating businesses in maintaining the state’s quality of life led her to accept her current role.
Betsy EarlsVice President & Counsel
Betsy (J.D., Willamette University; B.A., University of Washington) represents employers before the Oregon Legislature and regulatory agencies in the areas of employment practices, general business issues and retail affairs. She has 20 years of experience with OBI (AOI) and also represented clients on legislative and regulatory matters as part of a private law practice. She is member of the Chemeketa Community College Board of Education and serves on the Oregon Employment Department Advisory Council. “My favorite part of my job is working with members and policymakers to find workable solutions to complex public policy problems,” Betsy said. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel, spending time with her family and attempting to play golf.
Abbie LaugtugVice President, Legislative Affairs
Abbie Laugtug joins OBI with 16 years of lobbying experience at the state, regional and international levels. Most recently, she spent six years representing the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as the team leader on federal appropriations issues, the federal budget and NRECA’s international program. She also has worked for business-related organizations and trade associations lobbying on energy, health care and international development issues. Abbie is from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
James L. WilsonContract Consultant
James (B.S., Willamette University) administers OBI’s Political Action Committee. “I’ve always worked at the intersection of business and politics,” he said. “I find satisfaction solving problems and achieving outcomes that facilitate business and job growth.” An avid Ducks football fan, J.L. looks forward to Saturdays at Autzen Stadium, spending time with his wife at the coast and watching his kids grow up.
Frances F. FordMembership Representative
Frances has extensive sales and marketing experience (including being the first female in yacht sales!), and she applies this experience in her efforts to expand the OBI family of member businesses. “I love the variety of people and businesses that I encounter in my outreach,” she said. “Hearing of their personal struggles and accomplishments reinforces my belief in the quote, ‘Service is the rent we pay to live here on earth.’ Being a part of that voice gives me great pride.” Frances has bred and raced thoroughbreds, and has raised and shown (and of course, loved) Boston Terriers. She thinks Oregon is the best place in the world to call home.
Gayle McCornackMembership Representative
Gayle (B.A., Pacific University; graduate work in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College) spends her days promoting the many advantages of an OBI membership to the Oregon business community. She comes to OBI with a background in private and non-profit development. “I really enjoy working with the diverse population of business owners and CEOs throughout the state,” she said. In her spare time, Gayle enjoys gardening, traveling and interior design projects around the house. She loves Oregon for its diverse environments, Portland’s thriving cultural scene and a climate that supports outside activities year-round…mostly!
Gary NashMembership Representative
Gary (B.S., University of Wisconsin) joined the organization in 2008, and has been engaged ever since in growing and enhancing membership and participation. He previously worked with other State Chambers and State Manufacturing Associations. “One of the things I like most about my job is the challenge of convincing business owners and managers to invest in a competitive Oregon business climate,” Gary said. A longtime Green Bay Packers fan, Gary loves to spend time on Oregon’s rivers, casting flies to willing trout.
Erin (P.B.S. Accounting, Linfield College; B.S., Oregon State University) comes from a background in health care management. When she’s not working to keep OBI’s finances in order, Erin likes horseback riding, camping and hiking. “I love the diversity of the Oregon landscape,” she says. “Here in the valley, we’re lucky to live so close to the ocean and the mountains at the same time, and enjoy perfect summer weather.”
Katie ChristensenCommunications & Data Manager
Katie (M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.S., Northern Arizona University) manages the OBI database, website, newsletters and marketing materials for all areas of the organization. She joined the organization in 2006, and enjoys the dynamic nature of her job; “Things are always changing,” she says. An avid outdoorswoman, Katie enjoys white water rafting, running, triathlons and camping. “Oregon, with its rivers and seasons, is a great place for outdoor adventures,” Katie adds.
Megan ChrismanSenior Associate, Legislative Affairs
Megan (B.A.; University of Oregon) works with OBI’s policy team, providing research, assisting with legislative relations, and coordination of messaging on policy issues. Before joining OBI, she served in various legislative roles. Most recently she served as the Senate Republican caucus Legislative Director, developing policy agendas and strategic messaging, tracking key issues, and providing policy expertise. In previous policy roles, her emphasis was on issues related to business, transportation, environment, energy, and education. On the political side, Megan has experience running campaigns for both the House and Senate Republicans in a variety of roles including campaign strategy, messaging, and fundraising. Megan resides in Wilsonville with her husband and their dog, Jax.
Jackie HaugenAssistant to the President
Jackie performs administrative duties for the President, Chief Financial Officer and executive management team, as well as for the OBI Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Boards of the Foundation, HealthChoice Plan and Trust, Prosperity PAC, and Service Corporation. She’s been employed with the organization since 1986, and has developed many friendships in her work over the years. When asked what she enjoys about Oregon, Jackie replied, “I love the scenic beauty and variety, the mild climate that helps everything grow abundantly, and the informal lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.”
Patti WinterPortland Office Operations Manager
Patti has been with the organization since 2011, greeting visitors at the front desk of the Portland office and helping with human resources, office management, membership services and finances. Patti also plays a major role in event planning. Previously, she worked in alumni relations at Central Catholic High.
Kelly CommPolicy Assistant
Kelly performs administrative duties for Vice President & Counsel Betsy Earls and for Vice President Mike Freese. She also is a Notary Public, helps edit OBI communications materials, chairs the OBI Safety Team and assists with other tasks. Kelly appreciates the variety of landscapes and weather in Oregon. She has a passion for horses and enjoys hiking and wine tasting.