GPI TeamThe GPI team is committed to making Greater Portland a better place to live and work through targeted recruitment and expansion of new businesses to, and the retention of existing businesses, in the region. We provide resources for businesses to make informed location decisions on why Greater Portland is THE place to grow.
At GPI, we celebrate and are motivated by people from all walks of life; we honor diverse cultures and individualism, and together we are focused on achieving economic prosperity for all across Greater Portland.
Brittany BagentVP of StrategyBrittany Bagent, VP of Strategybrittany.email@example.com | 503.445.8065 ext. 107As Vice President of Strategy, Brittany brings 10 years of economic development and research experience to her work with bistate partners to develop GPI's next five-year economic strategy. She also spearheads organizational programming and supports the team with research and analysis. Before coming to GPI, Brittany developed and implemented the Comprehensive Economic Development Plan for Clark County, WA while working for Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) in Vancouver. Prior to that, Brittany worked as a consultant supporting jurisdictions in and around Chicago with their ambitions to create effective development solutions and powerful fiscal tools.
Hailing from the Midwest, Brittany has an undergraduate degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Miami University (Ohio) and a graduate degree in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When not planning for our region's future, Brittany enjoys a good hike and a piney IPA with her husband, toddler, and black lab Wilbur.
Amy JauronVP of Business DevelopmentAmy Jauron, VP of Business Developmentamy.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065, ext. 104As VP of Business Development, Amy brings 10 years of economic development and marketing experience to Greater Portland Inc. Amy leads GPI’s Business Development outreach including recruitment project management, outbound travel, and internal and external relationships. Before coming to GPI, she was the Economic Development Manager with Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office where she helped define a community approach to proactive business engagement. She began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership where she managed marketing and community partnerships. Amy graduated from Oregon State University – Go Beavs!
In 2016, Amy was named among a national group of “40 Under 40” by Development Counsellors International, aimed at recognizing rising talent in economic development.
Described by her peers as engaging, nimble, and a rabble-rouser, Amy enjoys travelling with her partner Aaron, fancy cocktails, and camping with her dog Gilly.
Bret MarchantBusiness Development CoordinatorBret Marchant, Business Development Coordinatorbret.email@example.com | 503-445-8065 x103Bret Marchant has over 15 years of experience in economic development and community planning. He most recently was the Senior Director of Research & Data for the United Way in Winston-Salem, NC – working remotely from here in Portland for the last three years.
Prior to United Way, Bret was the Director of Strategic Economic Development for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. He has also worked for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Department and Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta.
Bret has a Master’s Degree in City Planning with a specialization in economic development from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Outside of work, Bret enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, listening to live music, sampling a local beer, and still trying to play soccer and softball.
Anna MarumMarketing & Communications SpecialistAnna Marum, Marketing & Communications Specialistanna.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065 x 108Anna manages marketing and communications for GPI. Before coming to GPI, she spent five years as a reporter at The Oregonian, where she covered business and state politics, among other beats.
Anna grew up in Southwest Washington and is a proud graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, where she earned degrees in journalism and Spanish. Her passions outside of work include cycling, working on her cooking blog and scouring thrift shops for treasures.
Cara ReneInterim President & CEOCara Rene, Interim President & CEOcara.email@example.com | 503.445.8065, ext. 102While leading GPI on an interim basis, Cara continues to serve as Senior Vice President of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, leading investor and partner engagement and overseeing GPI’s public relations and communications outreach. She developed and launched GPI’s Greater Portland Ambassadors program, which serves to educate and inform stakeholders on key economic development issues and trends in the region.
Cara is an experienced communications executive and consultant who has worked in corporate, government, higher education, K-12, news, and entertainment industry settings.
She served as Chief Communications Officer for Southern Arizona’s largest school district, leading communications, media relations, marketing, community outreach and districtwide event coordination. Her passion for economic development was bolstered as Vice President of Community Development for the Downtown Tucson Partnership, where she created and implemented destination branding strategies to increase visitation to the urban core, developed large scale public events and established a network of support from public and private sector leaders.
Cara is a journalist at heart, having worked for Gannett as a writer and editor for a decade. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona and is a proud Wildcat.
Cara’s passion is travel and experiencing other cultures, but she loves being in Oregon for the amazing wine growing region and beautiful coastline.
Jocelyn SanchezOperations Manager & Executive AssistantJocelyn Sanchez, Operations Manager & Executive Assistantjocelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065Jocelyn Sanchez joined the Greater Portland Inc team with prior experience in office management and administrative support. She recently relocated to Portland from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jocelyn is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communication Studies.
In her free time she occupies herself with photography, videography, attending concerts, hiking and dance classes. She loves to try new things and is excited to live and work in a region with so many outlets of opportunity.