Lisa Charpilloz Hanson brings more than two decades of leadership, policy direction, and program administration to the role of Director at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Before her appointment by Governor Tina Kotek in October 2023, she served as Director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB).
An Oregon native, Charpilloz Hanson has been a smart and curious leader from the very beginning. Born and raised in rural Marion County, she lived and worked on her family farm, learning to work hard and be a good steward of the land. She took her passion for agriculture to Oregon State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and resource economics. After working in the food processing industry for a few years, ODA hired her as the Commodity Commission Program Manager. After several years and promotions, she served as Deputy Director at ODA for nearly 16 years before leaving to lead OWEB.
Service to her community has always been a big part of Charpilloz Hanson's personal and professional life. She is recognized nationally for accomplishments and leadership, including the National Association State Departments of Agriculture James Graham Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award, Oregon Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award, the 2011 Linn Benton Community College Distinguished Alumni Recognition, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Group Honor Award of Excellence for work on nationwide practices for the USDA, helping establish inspection programs at the national level as well as serving as past Director for the American Hampshire Sheep Association.
Charpilloz Hanson and her family live on a farm in rural Clackamas County and raise award-winning Hampshire and Southdown sheep.