ORE. (April 30, 2013) – Levy Confirmed as Port Commissioner
Gov. John Kitzhaber nominated and the Oregon State Senate today
confirmed Robert L. Levy as a new Port of Portland Commissioner. A Umatilla
County resident, Levy is a self-employed farmer operating both Windy River and
L&L Farms in Hermiston.
was also the previous owner of American Onion Inc., and worked as a field
representative for Lamb Weston and as a foreman for Cunningham Sheep Company.
currently serves on the board of Cunningham Sheep Company and as chair of the
Westland Irrigation District. Levy is a member of the Northwest Oregon
Regional Solutions Team as well as the Columbia River Umatilla Solution Task
Force. He is also on the Oregon Business Council board. In 2003, Levy served
on Gov. Kulongoski’s transition team. He previously served on the Oregon Board
of Agriculture and was appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber to the Program Funding Team,
Jobs and the Economy.
is a graduate of Pendleton High School and received both a bachelor’s and a
master’s degree from Oregon State University.
had the pleasure of traveling with Bob on last fall's trade mission to key
markets in Asia,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “He understands the importance of
trade to businesses both large and small and will be a strong voice for Oregon
exporters and importers on the Commission.”
my business career as a farmer and rancher, I have been involved in importing
and exporting a number of agricultural products through the Port’s facilities
and understand what an important role the Port plays in our state and the
region,” said Levy. “I look forward to representing those interest and the
interests of all Oregonians on the Commission.”
will replace Commissioner Steve Corey who has served on the Commission since
2003 and whose current term has expired.
members of the Port Commission are: Jim Carter, Commission president; Paul
Rosenbaum, Commission treasurer and CEO and board chairman of SWR
Corporation, Diana Daggett, Commission secretary and American region
director of corporate affairs, Intel Corporation, Peter Bragdon, vice
president and general counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company; Tom
Chamberlain, president, Oregon AFL- CIO, Linda Pearce, chief
financial officer of Nautilus, Inc., Tom Tsuruta, professor and
executive in residence at Marylhurst University, and Bruce A. Holte, a
longshoreman and Secretary/Treasurer with the International Longshore and
nine-member commission sets Port policy during its monthly meetings. At least
two commissioners must each live in one of the three counties in the Port
district (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties).
remaining members may live in any part of the state. Commissioners are unpaid
volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon
Senate. They serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. Commission
presidents are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The
Commission appoints the Port's executive director.