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.
- Working to enhance the Willamette Falls area through her work on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project and Willamette Falls Locks State Commission
- Promoting Clackamas County’s international trade opportunities
- Collaborating with Clackamas Community College to create a pipeline for youth into the workforce
- Growing jobs and the economy through cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology
- Supporting local business expansion and retention activities
- Addressing regional housing needs by pursuing greater affordable housing capacity and tackling the ongoing homelessness problem
Committees and membership
- Member of the Large Urban County Caucus
- Past member of the Rural Action Caucus
- Immediate past president of the Association of Oregon Counties (president in 2019)
- Member of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Board of Directors
- Vice Chair of the NACo Economic Development Subcommittee to the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee
- Member of the NACo Rural Action Caucus
- Member of the NACo Veterans and Military Services Committee
- Member of NACo International Economic Development Task Force
- Co-Vice Chair of the Willamette Falls Locks State Commission
- Member of the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee
- Chair of Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
- Partner of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project
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. She is the proud mother of five children and three grandchildren.
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.
Bringing together her love of fresh food, farms and home cooking, Martha has a cooking show on the Clackamas County Government Channel called Cooking with the Commissioner.