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Press Release: December 7, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces new agency director and policy advisor 

Patrick Allen appointed to lead DCBS; Agnes Balassa to advise on workforce development

(Salem, OR) – 
Governor Kitzhaber today announced two key staff appointments. Patrick Allen will serve as director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) pending Senate confirmation. Agnes Balassa will serve as the Governor’s Workforce Development Policy Advisor.
Mr. Allen replaces Cory Streisinger, who retired from state service in January 2011. His appointment as DCBS director takes effect on December 12, 2011. DCBS is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
“Patrick brings a wealth of experience and a demonstrated track record of leadership in both the public and private sectors to this important position,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “His skills will help advance key initiatives involving Oregon consumers, workers and businesses.”
Mr. Allen has been with DCBS since 2003, when he first served as manager of the Office of Regulatory Streamlining. He later became the acting deputy and acting administrator of the Building Codes Division. He also served at the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department from 1994 – 2003 and spent ten years in the banking industry, primarily with U.S. Bank. He graduated with honors in Economics from Oregon State University in 1985.
Ms. Balassa will advise the Governor on workforce development policy and serve as a liaison between federal, state and local efforts on workforce and training issues. Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Ms. Balassa was Executive Director of the Oregon Workforce Partnership, a statewide association created to better align economic, education and training programs.  She has two decades of experience in workforce and community development. She holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from George Washington University.
“Agnes is exactly the right person at the right time to lead our effort to build a more highly skilled workforce to support and expand Oregon’s economy,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “She’s a great addition to our job creation team, and we’re lucky to have her.”


Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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