Advocacy Council

Supporting the voice of business in Bend since 1926

Working with the city, county and state as well as our other local districts and agencies, can be a time-consuming challenge, especially for business owners who are often busy managing their own businesses. The Bend Chamber Advocacy Council was formed with a group of diverse leaders to help manage our efforts and serve as representation of the membership.

The mission of the Advocacy Council is twofold:

      1. Identify, evaluate, and recommend positions to the Bend Chamber Board of Directors on policy issues related to the Chamber’s strategic priorities.
      2. Promote community awareness and engagement on policy issues impacting the business community.

The following items fall under this council’s umbrella of responsibility:

  • Review and recommend positions on all government advocacy issues at the local, state and federal levels
  • Review and recommend positions on requests for engagment from members and strategic partners
  • Engage with legislators and elected officials to promote the Chamber’s policy agenda and strategic priorities

2023 Advocacy Council Members

Katy Brooks, CEO, Bend Chamber

Katy Brooks

Bend Chamber 

Matt Chancelor

Matt Chancellor


Garrett Chrostek

Garrett Chrostek (Chair)

Bryant, Lovlien, & Jarvis

vic martinez

Travis Davis

PayneWest Insurance

Scott Douglas

Scott Douglass

Cascade Relay Events
Scott Ramsay

Morgan Greenwood

Central Oregon Builders Association

Karna Gustafson

Karna Gustafson

Central Oregon Builders Association

Scott Ramsay

Andy High

Thompson Pump & Irrigation

Ken Katzaroff

Ken Katzaroff


Kip Barrett

Don Myll

Tyler Neese

Tyler Neese

Central Oregon Association of Realtors

Hunter Neubauer

Hunter Neubauer

Sara Odendahl

Sara Odendahl

Bend Chamber

Lisa Goodman

Heather Simmons

PacificSource Health Plans

Katie Anderson

Caleb Trowbridge


Jackie Westover

Jackie Westover

Umpqua Bank
For more information about the Chamber’s Advocacy Council, please contact:

Sara Odendahl

Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives

303-506-2348    |

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