Meet the Government Affairs Team
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association's Government Affairs team consists of a group of professionals dedicated to promoting and protecting the food service and lodging industry. Whether it is in Salem at the State Capitol, at regulatory agency meetings, or on the local level ... the team is working on behalf of the hospitality industry in Oregon!
ORLA President & CEO, ORLA
Prior to joining Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association as President & CEO in 2015, Jason Brandt worked for the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce for almost 11 years, serving as CEO from 2011-2015. Jason’s expertise revolves around association management and government affairs work at the state and local levels. His vision for the hospitality industry is to continue to build upon the significant tourism growth Oregon has seen over the past decade by helping lead advocacy, communication, and education efforts for restaurants and lodging establishments.
Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University. He received a post-graduate certification in Nonprofit Organizational Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute Program. JBrandt@OregonRLA.org
Senior Advocacy Advisor, ORLA
Steve has been an advocate for business, tourism and the hospitality industry in Oregon for more than 30 years. Steve began his trade association career with the Oregon Grocery Industry Association, serving as CEO for 16 years. He has served as lobbyist, chief operating officer, and as President & CEO of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). Steve has been instrumental in developing strategies to assist and advance the prosperity of restaurant and lodging operations in Oregon. He has a keen sense of how policy, operations and profitability are interrelated, and uses his expertise in Salem and statewide on behalf of the hospitality industry. Steve serves on two non-profit coalitions – the Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse (CARSA) and the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, both dedicated to addiction treatment and prevention. Additionally, Steve serves on the Health Exchange’s Oregon Small Business Advisory Committee. SMcCoid@OregonRLA.org
Contract Lobbyist, Balance Point Strategies
Bill has been involved in the Oregon legislative and political system since 1989. From his earliest post as a legislative intern for now Congressman Greg Walden to his nearly 19 years with the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Bill’s experience includes interaction with all levels of government. He negotiates deals like no one else in the Capitol and is successful because he builds genuine relationships with people, stands behind his word, and advocates for common sense solutions. Bill’s affiliation with ORLA provides him insider’s access to participate in campaign strategy development, agency advocacy, and the legislative process.
Outside of the marble walls of the State Capitol, Bill’s two biggest passions are his family and the Oregon State Beavers, and not necessarily in that order. As the pitching coach for both of his sons’ baseball teams over the years, he teaches the importance of starting from a place of balance and concentration if a pitcher wants to throw strikes. When it came time to begin his own company in 2014, the name Balance Point Strategies made sense because his baseball pitching philosophy is also applicable to his style of advocacy.
ORLA Executive Coordinator, ORLA
Glenda is responsible for tracking the issues in Salem in order to provide up-to-date information to ORLA members that contact the Wilsonville office with questions, concerns or comments. She assists the Government Affairs team, as well as ORLA’s governance boards and committees. After serving as a legislative staffer for several years in Salem, Glenda has a list of resources available to all ORLA members for the asking. GHamstreet@OregonRLA.org
Regional General Manager for Provenance Hotels, ORLA Policy Committee Chair
Chris is in his first legislative session as the ORLA Policy Committee Chair and also sits on the ORLA Board of Directors representing Provenance Hotels. Chris guides the committee in a workgroup – style format that encourages members from the various sectors of the hospitality industry to share their opinions on what really matters. Chris is a Regional Hotel General Manager who cares deeply about the industry and he is honored to support ORLA and its members throughout the State of Oregon.
Attorney, D. Michael Mills Lawyer, PC
Michael has spent his entire career representing our industry, and is highly-regarded as an authority in his field. His excellent advice, strong counsel and his ability to testify on short notice with a close proximity to the Capitol make his involvement in ORLA crucial to our success. Michael has the unique ability to take a complicated issue and break it down to the points that matter most … which is an effective strategy for testimony before any legislative committee.