OPPIA Board Members
Senior Internal Auditor, Oregon Department of Transportation
Jessica is passionate about performance improvement, both in her personal life and in her professional career. She has been with the State of Oregon for thirteen years, starting at the State Library of Oregon, before coming to ODOT in late 2017. She most recently worked as an Organizational Strategy Analyst in the Office of Organizational Excellence, before shifting to her newest role as a Senior Internal Auditor. Jessica has a BA in Anthropology from Willamette University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Marylhurst University.
When she is not working, Jessica can be found either reading a book with a cup of tea and a sleeping cat or looking for birds of prey at her favorite wildlife refuges.
Organizational Strategy Consultant, Oregon Department of Transportation
Andrea's love for process improvement began when started working for state government in 2013 after graduating from Western Oregon University with a BS in Community Health Education. She began her career with the Oregon Judicial Department at Marion County Circuit Courts and transitioned to the Department of Transportation in late 2017.
As an Organization Strategy Consultant for the Department of Transportation she aligns the work of various programs, projects, councils, and advisory groups within the agency to execute their mission and maximize effectiveness for the communities they serve. Andrea is a Change Management Practitioner, Certified Continuous Improvement Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and a trained Facilitator.
Board Chair, Member
Operational Improvement Strategist, Oregon Department of Education
Brandon started his career in state government in 2009. Several of these years were spent working in DHS and OHA, where he provided training and coaching on Lean methodologies of continuous improvement. He has managed various continuous improvement projects helping teams to define their purpose, develop meaningful metrics, and set performance measures.
Brandon is passionate about helping state government find ways to improve its operations, no matter how complex the system might be. He believes that anyone, regardless of their position title can find ways to make processes better. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family and coaching high school football.
Continuous Improvement Manager, Oregon Youth Authority
Matt has worked with and for government agencies since 2006 to utilize data in answering two critical questions: “Are we doing the work we said we would do?” and “Are we having the impact we expect our work to have?” As the Continuous Improvement Manager for the Oregon Youth Authority, Matt administers OYA’s Performance Management System, a core component to achieve positive youth outcomes by monitoring key processes throughout the agency, tracking their outcomes, and developing improvement plans as needed. Prior to working in state government, Matt served in several non-profits where he engaged his analytical and advocacy skills to improve and promote person centered services and supports to children; neighbors experiencing homelessness; and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Though originally from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, Matt and his family move to Oregon in 2017 from Washington, DC. Matt regularly takes advantage of our amazing natural resources and is an emerging long-distance triathlon racer and whitewater kayaker.
Past Chair, Member
Ken Smith, PhD
School Accountability Group
Kenneth "Ken" Smith began his professional journey in Indiana as an Accountant with non-profit organizations focused on food and medical assistance in the mid-1980’s. He began teaching Accounting at the College level in 1989 and recently retired from Central Washington University after serving as the Department Chair from 2016 to 2019. In 2015 he was elected to the Northshore School Board, the 10th largest district in the state of Washington, just north and east of the city of Seattle and served until 2017.
He focuses on measuring the financial and non-financial performance of government and nonprofit organizations and is interested in how these organizations use information and communicate amongst one another. Ken was President and Co-founder of the Institute for Better Governance, past President of the Association of Government Accountants-Seattle Chapter and a co-founder of Oregon Public Performance Improvement Association in 2005.
You can read some of his published papers at the [link will leave this site] Social Science Research Network.
Position Currently Open
OPPIA Graduate Intern
Recently graduated with his Master in Legal Studies from Willamette College of Law, Jon Kirk is concurrently studying for his MBA at Atkinson Graduate School of Management, anticipated graduation date of May 2023. Having gotten a lot of varied professional experience over the years, from social work to law to finance, he is excited to intern for OPPIA over the summer and sees this as a fantastic learning opportunity.