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Employment Department

​​​​​​​The Employment Advisory Council meets quarterly with​ department leadership to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to: unemployment insurance trust fund solvency; program policy; legislation; and, funding. ​

When the Legislature is in session, there is an additional monthly teleconference to update members on legislation. It is helpful if prospective members have an understanding of the legislative process. ​

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​​​Haley Alves​​
​Union Carpenter​
​Employee Representative
Kurtis ​Barker
​Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians
​Public Representative
Robert Camarillo
​Oregon State Building and Construction Trades
​​Employee Representative
Marc​ Chrismer
​Tillamook Creamery
​Employer Representative
Tom Cusack
Oregon Housing Blog​​Public Representative
Catie Theisen
​Oregon AFL-CIOEmployee Representative
​​Kathy Nishimoto
Duckwall Pooley (retired)
Employer Representative
​​Laurie Westenberg
Plumb Accounting Services and Software
Public Representative
​Bob Westerman
​IBEW Local 932
Employee Representative
Royce Williams​​
Tri-Met​Employer Representative
​David Gerstenfeld

​Acting Director;
Oregon Employment Department
​Ex-Officio Member

Rebecca Nance
​Senior Legislative Advisor
​Employment Department Council Staff, Council Contact Person



May 24, 2023

June 28, 2023
Legislative Briefing​

July 26, 2023
Quarterly Meeting

October 26, 2023
Quarterly Meeting
Questions regarding upcoming meetings can be sent to the Advisory Council email​​.​



April 26, 2023 (The agenda items may not be in order or times listed)

March 15, 2023 - Legislative Briefing​

Meeting Materials:

January 25, 2023

​Meeting Materials:

November 18,2022

Meeting Materials:
August 22, 2022

Meeting Materials:

May 2, 2022
Meeting Materials:

March18, 2022
No materials were prestented at the meeting. 

February 18, 2022​​​​​​​​​
No materials were presented at the meeting. ​

February 4, 2022

Meeting Materials: 
Employment_Budget_Development_Community_Engagement_Plan_web.pdf ​​


Novem​ber 5, 2021

Materials -


Meeting Agendas 2019

Meeting Summaries 2019


​Employment Advisory Council

Oregon Employment Department
875 Union St. NE
Salem, OR 97311

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM