New and departing advisors in transportation, health care, federal affairs
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced staffing changes for health care and transportation policy, and for federal affairs. The new staff will fill existing roles upon the departure of current staff members.
Karmen Fore, a senior director on Brown's team focused on transportation and federal affairs, will join Oregon Solutions as its executive director. She joined the Governor's office in 2013, and in her tenure oversaw significant policy advancements in transportation, including a landmark package in 2017. She will leave her current role on March 9.
The Governor's federal affairs director Drew Johnston will vacate his current role the same day. An Oregon native, Johnston spent the past three years as a driving force for the Governor's priorities in Washington, D.C. across all policy areas.
He passes his responsibilities on to Annie McColaugh, who has already begun her transition into the role. She comes from the Department of Defense, where she was a congressional liaison in their health care management systems. She holds a B.A. in communications with a minor in political science from the University of West Florida.
In health care, the deputy health care policy role will be transitioned from Victoria Demchak to Linda Roman. Demchak will join the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority to work on health equity and transformation issues, which she has championed tirelessly as part of her role in supporting Governor Brown's policy priorities.
Linda Roman joins the office on March 5 from Yes to Health Care, where she was the political and outreach director. She has also held a policy and government relations role for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition. She holds a B.A. in political science from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.