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Class of 2008

Colin Dailey

As an Assistant Account Manager at a leading government and public relations firm in Portland, Oregon, Colin provides writing, research, and marketing support to public and private organizations. He worked on two successful 2008 ballot measure campaigns, managing one of the websites. Colin assists with outreach and e-marketing for Portland Metro's Drive Less/Save More (DLSM) social marketing campaign, and he is currently helping DLSM and other clients create and utilize online "how-to" videos for marketing and public relations.

During the 2009 Oregon Legislative Session, Colin is part of a 5-person government affairs team lobbying at the Oregon State Capitol on behalf of Labor, industry, and health care clients, including Nike, Intel, the Oregon Building & Trades Council (OBTC), the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO), and several third party administrators. Colin monitors evolving legislation, researches legislative history and policy impact, provides oral and written testimony on behalf of clients, coordinates legal research and testimony for legislators, and provides weekly legislative updates to clients.

Colin is certified as a studio producer at Portland Community Media. He is a member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.


Class of 2006

Matt Buehler

Matt Buehler graduated from Willamette University in 2006 (Politics & History). He is currently seeking a PhD in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin with subfields in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His research interests include clientelist networks, political Islam, and authoritarian regime systems in the Middle East. Matt lived for 14 months in Damascus, Syria as well as 4 months in Dubai, United Arab Emirates through the David L. Boren and William Jefferson Clinton Scholars programs.

During the 2009-10 academic year, he will conduct dissertation research in Algeria through the Boren Graduate Fellowship.


Class of 2005

Lesley Meyer Lavery

Lesley Lavery graduated from Willamette in 2005 with a BA in Politics. She then joined Teach For America and taught 2nd grade for two years in San Jose, California. Armed with ideas for improving the education system on a broader scale she began a PhD program in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2007. She is currently an Interdisciplinary Training Program Fellow with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She will finish her coursework in August 2009 and begin a dissertation on education policy while interning with the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.


Class of 2004

Christine (Christie) Jensen

Christie was a Politics major, with an emphasis on American Politics. During and after her time at WU, she has been able to gain experience in state legislative, lobby, and campaign work in both Oregon and Washington state. Christie now lives in Seattle and is working at the local government level as a Policy Director for a county council member.

Andrew Cockrell

Andrew Cockrell is a PhD student at the University of Washington in Seattle studying international relations. Andrew majored in Politics at Willamette and, after graduating, studied at Oxford University, England, earning an MPhil in 2007. His research includes work on international security, peacekeeping, and civil-military relations.


Class of 1997

Tobias Read

Tobias Read is serving his second term as State Representative during Oregon’s 2009 legislative session. He is pleased to represent the residents of House District 27, which comprises parts of Beaverton, southwest Portland and parts of unincorporated Multnomah and Washington Counties. This session, Tobias is Chair of the Sustainability and Economic Development Committee and is a member of both the Revenue and the Rules Committees. In addition to his committee assignments, Tobias serves as an ex-officio member of the Oregon Innovation Council and was elected Deputy Majority Whip by his colleagues. Tobias is excited about continuing his work building Oregon’s quality of life, and believes these assignments afford the opportunity to oversee Oregon’s progress with an eye on the long run.

Before becoming a State Representative Tobias worked two terms at the Oregon Capitol as an aide to former Representative Bryan Johnston. His political experience also includes service in Washington DC as an aide to U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers during the Clinton Administration.

For over a decade, Tobias has been working to keep Oregon a great place to live. As a development officer for Willamette University, he built partnerships with business and community leaders to find innovative solutions for strengthening both the community and the University. In his current job as a product developer of kids’ footwear for Nike, Tobias helps one of Oregon’s only Fortune 500 Companies maintain its position as a world leader, bringing jobs and business home to Beaverton.

When the Legislature is not in session, Tobias enjoys coaching youth basketball and mentoring for the Greenway Elementary SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program. Read holds a Bachelors degree in Politics and Economics from Willamette University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He lives in Garden Home with his wife, Heidi Eggert, who works for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

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