Advocacy in Action

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 working his or her business.” Thus, the Bend Chamber Advocacy Council was formed with a group of 18 diverse leaders to help manage all of 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 issues and opportunities which may impact the health of the business community and the economic stability of Bend.
  2. Promote community awareness and engagement on issues impacting our community through What’s Brewing? community forums and other resources available through the organization.

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

  • Review and recommend on all government advocacy issues at the local, state and federal levels
  • Review and recommend on all state legislative action
  • Review and recommend on member and non-member requests for support
  • Advisory on What’s Brewing community forum topic development
  • Manage elected official’s voting record
  • Form ad hoc committees and assign liaisons to task forces / committees as needed (e.g., Legislative Committee)

2021 Advocacy Council Members

Mindy Aisling

Mindy Aisling

Downtown Bend Business Association

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
Karna Gustafson

Karna Gustafson

Central Oregon Builders Association

Scott Ramsay

Andy High

Thompson Pump & Irrigation

Ken Katzaroff

Ken Katzaroff

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Lisa Goodman

Michael LaLonde

Deschutes Brewery

Kip Barrett

Don Myll

Tyler Neese

Tyler Neese

Central Oregon Association of Realtors

Hunter Neubauer

Hunter Neubauer

jennifer stephens

Sara Odendahl

Bend Chamber

Jeff Robberson

Jeff Robberson

Robberson Ford Lincoln Mazda
Lisa Goodman

Heather Simmons

PacificSource Health Plans

Katie Anderson

Caleb Trowbridge


Jackie Westover

Jackie Westover

Umpqua Bank

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