PORTLAND, OREGON, U.S. — The Oregon Wheat Commission (OWC) and Oregon Wheat Growers League (OWGL) have selected Amanda Hoey as chief executive officer (CEO) to provide continuing leadership, vision, focus, and unity to their organizations.
“The OWC and OWGL representatives were equally impressed with Amanda’s qualifications and interview, she was very well spoken and has a great deal of experience to take on the role,” said Blake Rowe, CEO. “I have complete confidence she will serve the organizations well.”
Hoey has more than a decade of executive leadership experience and a close connection to the Oregon Wheat industry, growing up on a dryland wheat farm in Wasco County. She has served as the executive director for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District since 2008, managing the bi-state regional organization, serving five counties in both Oregon and Washington. She also has served on the National Association of Development Organizations board of directors where advocacy for federal resource support and policy changes within the USDA was a high priority.
“I am excited about the opportunity to step up to a role that strengthens the wheat industry and wheat growers,” Hoey said. “From enhancing resources for ag research to addressing policy challenges that would otherwise hinder farm profitability/viability, the work of Oregon Wheat is critical to ensuring vibrant rural communities.”