Sandra McDonoughPresident & CEO
Sandra McDonough joined OBI as president and CEO in October 2018. Previously, she served 14 years as the president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, which under her leadership, became the Portland-metro area’s most prominent and impactful business organization. Earlier, she spent two decades in the energy industry, holding executive-level positions at PG&E Corporation and PacifiCorp. She also worked for a decade as a newspaper reporter, with stints at The Oregonian and the Seattle Times. McDonough holds bachelor’s degrees in German and journalism from the University of Oregon, and she has extensive experience serving on nonprofit boards. Currently, she serves on the board of New Avenues for Youth, a Portland-based organization providing housing, education and job training for homeless and at-risk youth.
Scott BruunTax & Fiscal Policy Director
Scott Bruun joined OBI’s government relations team as the Tax & Fiscal Policy Director in November 2020. A former legislator from Clackamas County, Scott served on the House Revenue Committee. He is a native Oregonian and has had a long career as a public affairs professional.
Sharla MoffettDirector - Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
Sharla comes to OBI with a wealth of experience in the environment, natural resource and manufacturing sectors. Most recently, she served as director of government relations for the Western Wood Preservers Institute. Her experience extends to the national level, where Sharla staffed the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. As executive for the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, she worked collaboratively with community groups to promote sustainable forest management and restore forest resilience. Sharla is a proud fourth generation Oregonian and an Oregon State University alumnus.
Paloma SparksVP Government Relations, Policy Coordination, General Counsel
Paloma brings more than 15 years of experience working with the Oregon Legislature, most recently as the director of government affairs and general counsel for Oregon Resource Association. Previously, she was the legislative director for the Bureau of Labor and Industries. She is an attorney with a wide breadth of knowledge and background in employment and labor issues. She also has extensive experience in the areas of land use and transportation. Paloma attended the University of Oregon, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Juris Doctor. Paloma is a native Oregonian. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring all that Oregon has to offer.
Morgan BeltzGovernment Relations Associate
Morgan joined OBI in January of 2019 and brings years of public affairs, campaign, and fundraising experience to support the Government Affairs team. Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in Environment-Economics-Politics from Claremont McKenna College while playing softball and currently serves on the board of directors for Self Enhancement Inc. She is a native Oregonian and in her free time you can find her golfing, wine tasting, on the river or attending Beaver baseball games with her husband and dog.
Nathaniel BrownCommunications Director
Nathaniel joined OBI in March of 2019, after nearly three years on the external affairs team at the Portland Business Alliance. Nathaniel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media studies and political science from the University of Oregon in 2016, where he was a Wayne Morse Scholar. During his time in Eugene, Nathaniel also worked for U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and for the university’s Department of Public Affairs Communications. He is a proud Oregonian, and in his free time enjoys visiting local breweries and coffee shops, and taking day trips to the mountains and the coast. Nathaniel currently lives in southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.
Nancy MarquayVice President, Membership Relations and Strategic Partnerships
Nancy joined Oregon Business & Industry in the fall of 2019 to cultivate and develop membership programs to support OBI members. She comes to OBI with extensive business-to-business experience, working most recently as senior director of strategic partnerships at the Portland Business Alliance. Prior to PBA, Nancy worked in media and advertising for the Oregonian Media Group for more than 30 years. When she is not at work, Nancy enjoys spending time with family, cooking and baking, going on Harley rides with her husband and playing with her two Labrador retrievers.
Gary NashContract Consultant - Membership 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.
Patti WinterMember Retention Specialist
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.
Nick WhitedAccount Executive
Nick Whited joined OBI as an account executive in February 2020 and works to help Oregon business owners become more competitive in their industry while creating a stronger Oregon economy. He brings more than a decade of experience in business development and sales. Most recently, he was the sales manager for a construction company in Bend helping clients build their dream homes. Before that he was the sales and marketing manager for a brewery in Utah where he increased in-state sales by more than 80% while expanding distribution into three additional states. Born and raised in Oregon, Nick is the happy father of a baby boy. He loves to ski deep powder in the winter and surf on the freezing Oregon coast in the summer.
Finance and Operations
Kelly CommFinance Support Specialist
Kelly supports all accounts payable and receivable functions and processes. She assists the chief financial officer with special projects and is a notary public. Kelly joined OBI in 2017. Prior to working at OBI, Kelly was executive administrative assistant and client service manager for Blue Water Wealth, a financial planning and coordinated asset management team. Kelly appreciates the variety of landscapes and weather in Oregon. She has a passion for horses and enjoys hiking and wine tasting.
Alistair CoxController , Director of Administration
Alistair has over 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance roles for Oregon business, both small and large corporations; primarily in manufacturing. He received his bachelors from Linfield and is a Certified Management Accountant. Alistair and his wife live on a nine-acre hobby farm just south of Salem with their two dogs, two horses and a feral cat.
Katie ChristensenOperations 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.
Katie KoenigExecutive Assistant to the President & CEO/Board Liaison
Katie Koenig supports the president, executive management team, the OBI board of directors and executive committee, as well as the boards of the Foundation, HealthChoice Plan and PACs. She brings a range of experience, including her previous years at Associated Oregon Industries, working in the Oregon Legislature, fundraising and event planning for a local private school and providing support to the OBI government affairs team. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College. She is a sports enthusiast and can usually be found in a set of bleachers with her husband, cheering on one of their four sons.