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CREDC Announces 2020 Officers, New Board Members, New COO

Yesterday, at its annual investor meeting, the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) elected new members and officers to serve on its board of directors. At a special board meeting immediately following, the new board moved to elect its 2020 officers and private sector Executive Committee members.

“I am excited to continue working with the CREDC Board of Directors and staff in this new role,” said Lisa Lowe, shareholder of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and board chair of CREDC. “I am energized to see the commitment from the dynamic group of community-minded leaders joining the board this year and look forward to all that we will accomplish together to accelerate the economic growth of Clark County.”

CREDC’s Board of Director Officers are:

  • Chair (2020-2022): Lisa Lowe, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

  • Vice Chair (2020-2022): Mei Wu, Speak Technologies

  • Immediate Past Chair (2020-2022): Casey Wyckoff, LSW Architects  

  • Secretary (2020): Alan Garcia, NW Natural  

  • Treasurer (2020): Lisa Dow, Columbia Bank  

CREDC board members

The following individuals were elected to serve a three-year term on the CREDC Board of Directors:

  • Bryan Dent, Riverview Bank

  • Jon Hersen, Legacy Salmon Creek

  • Steve Horenstein, Horenstein Law Group

  • Todd Johnson, Mackenzie

  • Lisa Keohokalole Schauer, PointNorth

The following individuals were elected to serve a one-year term as Directors Emeritus:

  • Eric Fuller, Fuller Group

  • Tim Schauer, MacKay Sposito

The following private sector members were elected to serve on the 2020 Executive Committee:

  • Ben Bagherpour, SEH America

  • Helen Devery, WSP

  • Bill Dudley, Landerholm

  • Steve Horenstein, Horenstein Law Group

  • Tim Schauer, MacKay Sposito

The full list of 2020 CREDC Board of Directors can be found HERE.

Additionally, President Jennifer Baker shared that nationally recognized economic developer Larry Holt has joined the CREDC team as Chief Operating Officer, a new role in which he will oversee the business development team, bolster investor relations work and support the president with strategic direction efforts. Larry joins CREDC from Greater Portland Inc., where he served as vice president of business development. Prior to that, he held roles at the City of Cedar Park in Texas and the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce in Alabama. With a strong track record working in multiple regions of the U.S., Larry brings a wealth of experience driving major economic development projects that have generated thousands of new traded sector jobs and millions in new capital investment—specifically in the aerospace, advanced manufacturing, information technology and clean energy industries. Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Alabama. His first day was January 24, 2020.


“I am thrilled to strengthen our capacity on the business development front and round out our rockstar team with Larry’s ample experience attracting top business to the Portland metro region,” said Jennifer Baker, president of CREDC. “With a dynamic team and the high caliber of existing and new board members elected last night, we will continue our efforts to make Clark County one of the most inclusive, healthy and amenity-rich communities in the country.”