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Governor Kotek Appoints Lisa Charpilloz Hanson to Lead Oregon Department of Agriculture

On October 11, 2023, Governor Tina Kotek announced her choice to lead the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, currently serving as the executive director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), has been appointed to head ODA.

Governor Kotek emphasized the pressing need for data-driven and resilient solutions to address Oregon's intricate natural resources challenges. She expressed confidence in Lisa's ability to take the helm, citing her extensive experience in working with natural resource communities and her commitment to meeting the diverse needs of Oregonians across the state.

Lisa brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with over two decades of leadership, policy direction, and program administration under her belt. Her previous role as the deputy director at ODA for 15 years has equipped her with a deep understanding of the department's inner workings. Charpilloz Hanson is well-versed in leading, developing, and directing budget requests and legislative agendas for both ODA and OWEB. She also contributes her expertise to the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Leadership Academy Advisory Board.

Lisa expressed her honor at returning to the Department of Agriculture to serve the people of Oregon. Acknowledging the evolving needs of Oregon's diverse agricultural and food sectors in our changing environment, she voiced her enthusiasm for collaborating with the department's team to enhance the natural environment and the value of working lands. She also is eager to work closely with food and agriculture producers, further strengthening existing partnerships and forging new ones. She is committed to celebrating the rich diversity of Oregon agriculture and introducing customers in Oregon, the United States, and around the world to the high-quality products our state has to offer. Charpilloz Hanson will officially assume her new role as the director of ODA on December 1st.

Oregon Farm Bureau applauded the Governors decision and expressed support for Lisa to lead ODA. “Many of us have worked closely with Lisa in the past. She knows the agency, she knows agriculture, and she knows Oregon,” said Greg Addington, OFB Executive Director. “She will do a great job.”

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