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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced two key staff appointments. Nakeia Daniels will serve as the Governor's Veterans Policy Advisor and will continue her role as Affirmative Action Manager in the Governor's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Affirmative Action. Additionally, James LaBar will serve as Housing Policy Advisor. LaBar will continue as the Mid-Valley Coordinator on the Governor's Regional Solutions team.

Daniels is a 15-year Army Veteran, whose husband currently serves on active duty. During her military service, Daniels was an Army Finance Specialist and was re-classified as an Army Band vocalist. She earned a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management and a subsequent MBA in Marketing and Finance from Ashford University in 2008 and 2011 respectively, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. Daniels has been Governor Kate Brown's Affirmative Action Manager since June 2015.

"As a proud Veteran and dedicated public servant, Nakeia intimately understands the needs of the Veteran community and brings to this new role the experience and leadership necessary to support Veterans throughout Oregon," said Governor Brown.

As Housing Policy Advisor, LaBar will support efforts to grow housing markets across the state. LaBar will continue as Governor Brown's Regional Solutions Coordinator in the Mid-Valley, a role he began in July 2015. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Cincinnati and Master's Degree from the University of West Florida. Prior to moving to Oregon, LaBar spent 12 years at the Salt River Project in Phoenix, Arizona working in government relations and gaining experience in the water, power, telecom, and economic development industries.

"As he takes on this new challenge of increasing housing options to meet the demand of our growing state, James' on-the-ground experience in the Mid-Valley will translate well to the benefit of all Oregonians," said Governor Brown.



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