Martha Schrader was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in May 2012 and was appointed as vice chair of the Board in 2014. She previously served as Commissioner from 2003 to 2009, and was Commission Chair from 2005 to 2007. Martha represented District 20 as a State Senator from 2009 to 2011.
Martha holds a Bachelor of Science 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.Martha’s priorities:
- Promoting County and regional economic development
- Increasing prosperity for rural communities
- Supporting local agriculture
- Raising awareness for homeless veterans
- Subcommittee Vice Chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Community, Economic, and Workforce Development Steering Committee
- NACo's International Economic Development Task Force
- NACo's Rural Action Caucus
- Association of Oregon Counties, Vice Chair of Community and Economic Development Committee and member of the Veterans Affairs Committee
- Regional Solutions Advisory Committee
- Association of O&C Counties, Board member
- Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
- Tourism, Arts, and Culture Liaison
- Convening the Oregon Solutions “Clackamas Foodsystem ONEStop”, a virtual resource hub for regional agriculture producers that will go live in early 2015.
- Supporting the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO) to gain national recognition through the National Association of Counties.
- Representing Clackamas County on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project in the effort to provide public access to a national treasure and create the infrastructure for hundreds of future jobs.
Before entering office, Martha was an entomologist, a school teacher and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce. She is the proud mother of five children and one grandchild. In her free time, Martha enjoys kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls.
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