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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Leah Horner as Regional Solutions Director and Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor. In addition to advising the governor on economic and job growth, Horner will oversee the team of Governor's Office staff that live and work in communities around the state to remove barriers, solve problems, and align state resources around economic and community development projects.

“Growing our rural economies requires collaboration and finding new paths to solve complex issues,” Governor Brown said. “Leah’s breadth and depth of experience gives her many perspectives and avenues to help sustain our families and grow our communities.”

Horner has served in a variety of roles within state government, most recently as the legislative Director at the Department of Human Services. Leah holds a master’s degree in economic development and entrepreneurship from University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Hawai’i.

Horner will join the Governor's Office on September 9 and her headshot is available here .


Chris Pair
Kate Kondayen
Economy & Jobs
Improving Government