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
Steve has been an advocate for business, tourism and the hospitality industry in Oregon for over 30 years. He has served as a lobbyist, chief operating officer, and is now in his current position as ORLA's CEO. Steve has been instrumental in developing strategies to assist and advance the prosperity of restaurant and lodging operations in Oregon during his tenure with ORA and ORLA. 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 industry. Steve also 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.
ORLA Vice President of Government Affairs
Bill is ORLA's lead lobbyist and is best known in Salem as the "process guy" for his extensive knowledge of how the system works. Legislators on both sides of the aisle respect and confide in Bill, which proves to be of great benefit to ORLA members and their issues. Bill is also highly regarded as a leader among Oregon's business lobby, a position he's earned through his hard work and dedication in his combined 17 years of working at ORA and ORLA. Bill's experience and understanding of the state budget, as well as how legislative decisions shape Oregon's economy, makes him an invaluable voice in Salem for the industry.
ORLA Director of Public Affairs
Nellie was recently added to the GA team and will work alongside Bill to advance ORLA’s legislative agenda in Salem. Nellie monitors local and regional issues, as well as works directly with State regulatory agencies. She provides invaluable information to these regulatory bodies in an effort to promote and protect the foodservice and lodging industry. Nellie also keeps a watchful eye on an ever-increasing list of tax proposals by local governments.
ORLA Executive Coordinator
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 legislative staffer for six years in Salem, Glenda has a list of resources available to all ORLA members for the asking.