Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Experienced servant leader with demonstrated success in leading state agencies to equity-centered strategies that result in prosperous opportunities for Oregonians. Proven history of fostering excellent rapport with members of the community, state agencies, legislators and community partners while navigating political considerations, community needs and ambitious agendas. Proven ability to muli-task in high-stress, dynamic environments, while driving excellence in all areas of responsibility.

  • Cultivate and foster equity and inclusion
  • Inspire organizational culture shifts
  • Build trust and rapport with stakeholders, partners and community
  • Strategic and critical thinker
  • Active leadership
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Policy and analysis
  • Budget management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Training delivery
  • Community engagement
10/2016 to Current
Economic and Business Equity Manager Office Of Governor Kate Brown City, STATE,


  • Strengthened the Economic & Business Equity identity as a hub for professional businesses seeking opportunities to do business with the state.
  • Assist with recruitment, hiring and training new employees, as requested by other agencies.
  • Provide mentorship as requested by internal and external individuals.

Governor's Racial Justice Council (RJC) and Economic Opportunity Committee:

  • Assist with recruitments to select individuals to serve in the RJC.
  • Co-lead the Economic Opportunity Committee and subcommittees.
  • Guide Economic Opportunity Committee to elevate critical budget recommendations to the Governor.
  • Guide Economic Opportunity Committee through the legislative process for bill advancement.

State Agency Collaborations:

  • Spearhead and achieve execution of Executive Order 18-03, promoting equity in state contracting.
  • Spearhead and achieve execution of Business Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Statewide Policy.
  • Spearhead and achieve implementation of Prompt Pay legal language.
  • Direct long term initiatives and remove barriers and expand access of contract opportunities to Oregon businesses.
  • Establish and guide community of practice platform for agencies.

Community Partners and Business Collaborations:

  • Purposeful engagement with community advocacy organizations, private sector, economic development practitioners, special interest groups, elected officials, community leaders, technical assistance providers, chambers of commerce, lenders, local jurisdictions, public agencies, and organizations that support Oregon small businesses.
  • Continue exploration of potential partners throughout the state to strengthen the ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Engagement Activities:

  • Provide the Governor's Marketplace (GMP) platform for government and businesses to connect.
  • Exponentially increase participation of the GMP, resulting in a two-day event to accommodate growing popularity.
11/2014 to 10/2016
Equity in Public Purchasing & Contracting (EPPC) Portland Public Schools City, STATE,
  • Initiate and implement initiatives to develop, implement, and monitor changes to systems to track EPPC program data.
  • Initiate and establish the Equity in Contracting Advisory Committee.
  • Initiate and establish the Community Involvement Contract Evaluation Program.
  • Inspire, and guide procurement staff to successful interactions with local businesses.
  • Organize and execute first annual Open House to engage with the public about contracting opportunities.
02/2014 to 10/2014
Economic and Business Equity Deputy Director Office Of Governor Kitzhaber City, STATE,
  • Streamline solicitation notification process to MWESB firms.
  • Testify and advocate on behalf of HB 2667: procuring through small and local business.
  • Strategize with internal and external stakeholders, including agency leadership and elected officials, to move agendas forward.
  • Deliver successful annual Governor's Marketplace event.
  • Increase agency and business participation in annual Governor’s Marketplace.
  • Manage public outreach and sponsorship solicitation for the Governor's Marketplace.
09/2006 to 02/2014
Procurement and Contract Specialist II Oregon Department Of Transportation City, STATE,
  • Initiate and develop Employee Personal Development Plans.
  • Initiate and develop community engagement and outreach program for ODOT Procurement Office.
  • Develop and monitor budget for outreach activities.
  • Lead development of office culture change initiative to enhance cohesiveness in the workplace.
  • Motivate and encourage difficult and inclusive discussions within the culture change team.
  • Assist in recruitment, hiring and training of new hires.
  • Mentor new hires and temporary employees seeking to grow in state government.
  • Reduce process lags by providing appropriate training and technical assistance to internal staff and customers.
Education and Training
Expected in
Bachelor of Science: Business Administration
Western Oregon University - Monmouth, OR
Expected in
Latino Leadership Development Program:
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Of Commerce - Portland, OR,
Expected in
Certified Compliance Administrator Certification:
American Contract Compliance Association - Chicago, IL,
Activities and Honors


  • Governor-appointed Racial Justice Council (2020)
  • Governor-appointed Economic Opportunity Committee (2020)
  • Governor-appointed Minority Contractors Taskforce (2020)
  • Business Engagement and Inclusion Community of Practice (2018 - present)
  • Executive Order 18-03 Steering Committee - (2018 - 2020)
  • Economic Development and Community Services Tribal Cluster (2017 – present)
  • Diversity Practitioners Summit Committee (2016 - present)
  • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Advisory Board (2014 - present)
  • Salem Capital Connections Leadership Team (2014, 2016-present)


Women of Vision Award - Daily Journal of Commerce (2019)

Certificates and Letters of Appreciation:

  • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
  • Warm Springs Community Action Team
  • Oregon Economic Development Association
  • Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

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School Attended

  • Western Oregon University
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Of Commerce
  • American Contract Compliance Association

Job Titles Held:

  • Economic and Business Equity Manager
  • Equity in Public Purchasing & Contracting (EPPC)
  • Economic and Business Equity Deputy Director
  • Procurement and Contract Specialist II


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Latino Leadership Development Program
  • Certified Compliance Administrator Certification

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