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In 2017, Sharon Smith became a General Counsel for the
Bend-La Pine School District. For 26 years, she enjoyed a robust practice with
Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, with a focus on real estate, land use, and
development. The school district was one of Sharon’s clients, and she found she
was ready for a move at the same time it made sense for the District to bring
In some ways, Sharon’s current work takes her back to her
roots. She grew up in a family of educators in Eugene, Oregon. Her mother,
Hazel Smith, taught math at Lane Community College, and her father, Norman Smith
was a marketing professor in the University of Oregon College of Business.
Sharon’s deep background in land use and contracting policy
has been a great match for a rapidly growing school district. Since 1991,
Sharon has assisted the Bend La-Pine District in building 17 new schools, renovating
older schools and adjusting to Bend’s growing population, which has almost
quadrupled in the last 30 years. She deeply appreciates that she works with so
many smart and dedicated people who are doing everything they can to create the
best learning environment for our future leaders.
She has also volunteered for many public improvement
efforts. She has served on numerous boards addressing local development issues
as well as non-profit boards helping children and families. She also co-founded
the Safe School Alliance, which formed 20 years ago to improve school safety after
the deadly shooting at Thurston High School.
Sharon has extensive experience in working with
transportation system plans, transportation engineers, and planners. This skill set, along with her extensive work
with both private and public entities brings a valuable perspective to the
Oregon Transportation Commission.
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