GAPP Committee


Candidate Endorsement

Advocating for our business members with the government is a key objective for the Tigard Chamber.  While legislation can either help or hurt our businesses and our local economy, it really starts with the people, legislators, and elected officials crafting and voting in that legislation or proposing a measure to the voters.  A unique factor for our chamber businesses is that many which are located in Tigard, have an owner and employees who reside in neighboring cities who can’t vote on a local measure or candidate that would have an impact on their business. 

For all of these reasons, the Tigard Chamber and its Board of Directors have decided candidate endorsements are a way of strengthening our member’s business voice in the local community and economy. 

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors has created a Candidate Endorsement Committee that will have a non-partisan, fair and equitable process focused on reviewing the qualifications and platforms of candidates in order to endorse those most likely to support business and Tigard Chamber goals, thus increasing the likelihood of pro-business candidates being elected to local offices.

The Candidate Endorsement Committee promotes a vibrant business environment by endorsing candidates who support sound public policy that strengthens the business community and the free enterprise system.

CEC Members

Committee MemberMegan De Salvo, Edge One Media and Past Tigard Chamber Board Chair

Committee MemberMichelle Cheney, Health Care Business Solutions and Current Tigard Chamber Board Chair

Committee MemberTom Markgraf, TriMet and Tigard Chamber GAPP Committee Chair

Committee Member – Tom Engel, Vantage Point HR and Chair Elect Tigard Chamber

Committee Member – Maria Halstead, Washington Square Mall and Board Director

Committee SecretaryMegan De Salvo, Tigard Chamber CEO, Non-Voting