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As the 2023 legislative session gets underway, OBI has rounded out its policy team with key hires and promotions.

Scott Bruun will be OBI’s vice president for government affairs. In this role, Scott will continue to spearhead OBI’s efforts on tax, fiscal and manufacturing policy while taking up an expanded role leading the policy team. Scott has varied industry experience, including agency-level communications and public affairs, financial management and commercial construction. Scott also served for six years in the Oregon House of Representatives. Scott can be reached at 503.720.1329 and

Sharla Moffett has been promoted to senior policy director and will continue to lead OBI’s work on energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure policy. Sharla has extensive experience in managing natural resource policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, having worked for industry trade associations, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. Sharla can be reached at 971.998.2272 and

Derek Sangston will start his role as policy director and counsel at OBI on Jan. 16. Derek will oversee employment/labor, retail and liability policy. Derek comes to OBI after several years of experience in the Oregon Legislature, where he served as legislative director to Senate President Peter Courtney and, prior to that, as a legislative aide for Sen. Mark Hass. Derek can be reached at 541.815.6497 and

Katie Koenig has been promoted to the role of public affairs manager and will manage education, workforce and health care policy for OBI. She also will manage the OBI Research and Education Foundation and continue in her role as board liaison. Katie brings a wealth of experience to the role from her time with OBI and AOI (one of OBI’s predecessor organizations) and as a legislative staffer. Katie can be reached at 503.551.0958 and

Belen Martinez joined OBI in October as the policy and operations assistant. Belen will help OBI’s government affairs team stay on track during the session and beyond, helping to coordinate meetings, manage projects and track the flurry of activity. Belen can be reached at 503.580.1964 and

In addition to this stellar team, Fawn Barrie and Kelsey Wilson of Legislative Advocates Government Affairs will continue to represent OBI and its members. Fawn can be reached at 503.581.2845 and, and Kelsey can be reached at 503.351.6699 and

You can read about OBI’s Growth and Innovation Roadmap, see our adopted policy principles, and find other 2023 legislative session updates on our website.