Tom Markgraf Named 2022 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year


Tom Markgraf, Director of Government Relations with TriMet, has been named the 2022 Tigard Shining Stars Chamber Volunteer of the Year.  This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community.

Tom volunteered to become the Chair of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs & Public Policy (GAPP) Committee in 2018 when the previous chair stepped down as he was moving out of state. Tom shared his decades of experience navigating and understanding the political process in a variety of career roles for the benefit of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce on behalf of our business community.

Under Tom’s leadership as chair, we saw our GAPP committee grow from 3 to 4 committee members to 10 committee members giving us a great mix of seasoned business professionals as well as members with depth of policy and advocacy experience and understanding of the political process. Under his tutelage we strengthened our relationship approach, and outreach to our elected officials at both the county, Metro and state level and expanded our voice. His guidance to the Tigard Chamber CEO in navigating this critical aspect of the chambers work for our business community has been priceless.

As GAPP Chair, Tom also became a member of the Tigard Chamber Candidate Endorsement Committee again lending his insights and experience into the process, questionnaire development and evaluation of Candidates against the chambers Business Advocacy Agenda.

Without Tom’s volunteerism and sharing of his expertise, we would not have the robust advocacy processes and expanded reach that we have attained as a chamber on behalf of our members.

Please join us in congratulating Tom on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join in the celebrating the people and businesses that make Tigard a great place to work, play and live. Reserve your seat and dinner choice on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at  or go to our webpage at

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