The Oregon Department of Energy is overseen by director Michael Kaplan. Michael joined ODOE in August 2013 and was appointed director in November 2014. He leads a team of just over 100 employees who care deeply about the future of Oregon and who are committed to delivering on behalf of the Governor, the Legislature, and Oregonians in every corner of the state.
Prior to joining ODOE, Michael worked for two Oregon governors – first as part of Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Economic Recovery Executive Team, which was responsible for implementing and monitoring the distribution of nearly $4 billion of Recovery Act funding, and later as Governor John Kitzhaber’s Deputy Legislative Director. He also helped develop and lead the implementation of Oregon’s Hardest Hit foreclosure prevention program and served as a budget analyst for the Department of Administrative Services. His professional experience includes positions at Portland State University and the Port of Portland. Michael has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Maryland. He lives in Salem with his wife Regan and their two dogs, Russell and Constance.