Debi is a leader and mentor experienced in leading Non-Profits, Operations and Service teams through business change and transformation in both large public for profit and small private for profit and not for profit companies. She has led and managed cross-culturally.
Serving as CEO since 2009, Debi has led the Tigard Chamber to new heights as it drives a strong local economy, provides business networking & visibility, promotes community and advocates for business with government through the design and delivery of key programs, events and services to members.
In her tenure, the Tigard Chamber has seen top line revenue growth of over 100%, launch of Leadership Tigard in 2016, strengthened relationships and partnerships with the City of Tigard and now the Tigard Downtown Alliance, membership growth, expanded community footprint and visibility through acquisition of the Tigard Farmers Market and revitalization of downtown Tigard through strategic tenanting of the Tigard Chamber building with Symposium Coffee and relocation of the Tigard Farmers market into the downtown core. The Tigard Chamber’s connection with City of Tigard through relationship building and advocacy has strengthened, enhancing the business voice with the city, most recently through launch of candidate endorsement process which began with the City Council and Mayor’s race.
Debi is the 2018 Recipient of the William R. Haas Chamber Executive of the Year Award from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce for demonstrating innovation, influence, collaboration and leadership.
Prior to joining the Tigard Chamber, Debi spent 17 years in the high tech and telecommunications industries in a wide variety of senior management and executive roles with U.S. and global responsibility, leadings teams of up 130 people in broad Operations and Service roles. Before beginning her high tech career, Debi spent almost 9 years in the U.S. Navy serving as a Supply Corps Officer of which 5 ½ years were spent working abroad in remote locations.
She holds a B.S. in Business from Oregon State University and an MBA from Portland State University
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tigard Downtown Alliance, Luke-Dorf, Tigard Chamber and the Washington County Chambers of Commerce. Debi and her husband live on 5 acres in Sherwood and are kept company by their German Shepherd, a llama, 3 alpaca’s and chickens. For fun Debi likes to hike with her dog, pursue creative activities, DIY with her husband, and do a variety of sports activities.
Jessica is a natural problem solver, a positive energetic force and with her event background, a great fit in both her roles. In Jessica’s tenure with the Tigard Farmers Market she has infused new life and vibrancy into this 25 year young local community jewel. Through her efforts the market is relevant to a broad spectrum of market patrons and under her leadership the market relocated into the downtown core helping energize both downtown and surrounding businesses. She has evolved the market to include off season classes to maintain community engagement through the off season and provide value year round. As the Tigard Chamber’s Marketing & Events Coordinator Jessica has taken our social media marketing and imagery to new levels, as well as ensured we maintained brand consistency and look and feel across all our marketing platforms providing benefit for our members. Her event background has enabled her to take our signature events to the next level
Before coming to the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, Jessica worked for the World Forestry Center as the Event Liaison where she assisted with event rentals and day of event coordination. Prior to her work at the World Forestry Center, she participated in the Disney College Program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Jessica started with the Tigard Chamber of Commerce as a volunteer assisting with the silent auction for Shining Stars then transitioned to working with the Tigard Farmers Market.
Jessica Love has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Western Oregon University.
Jessica enjoys watching sports and running her wedding planning side business, Love Blossomed Events.
Since joining us as Membership Director in 2017, Loni has been instrumental in growing the Tigard Chamber in membership as well as offerings that benefit members. An example of these are lunch and learns and the launch of industry specific affinity groups championed by a member which provide smaller format, specialized networking for members with synergies. Loni loves engaging with and connecting people and it shows in our membership growth and vitality as a business community.
In her own words, Loni says “I enjoy bringing people together for mutual benefit. When my members connect and are able to partner to enhance their success, I’m happy. Coming from a sales background, I have always been actively involved with my local chamber of commerce. I understand what it’s like to be a member. My goal is to get to know the members so that I can help them to succeed. The best part about my job is the community engagement piece. My passion is working collaboratively with people.”
Prior to joining the Tigard Chamber, Loni worked for Clackamas Community College as their Community Relations Coordinator, and prior to that she worked as a Sales Executive in the Print and Digital advertising industries.
Loni holds a B.A. from Oregon State University. Outside of work Loni is active in Rotary, paints watercolors, participates in art shows and surfs just to name a few things.