Michael Brand will be stepping in as interim director for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce as Chamber Executive Director Amber Holveck steps down from 13 years of service.
Chair of the Chamber Board Susan Perry announced June 28 at a Good Morning Oregon City networking event that Brand will be starting Monday, July 3, and Holveck will be staying on for a couple of weeks during the transition.
Brand is excited to begin his new role.
"This is an incredible moment in the life of Oregon City," Brand said. "You can feel the vibrancy as the economy evolves. I'm eager to help the Chamber continue as the best vehicle for local business taking advantage of this evolution."
A resident of Oregon City, Brand is a current member of the chamber who runs a consulting business to the nonprofit sector. Prior to moving here, he served as a program officer for the Erie Community Foundation, where he led the coaching and training efforts to ignite nonprofit transformation on the East Coast. In this role he coordinated the granting of over $1 million to select nonprofits.
Brand's tackled every leadership role imaginable: board chair, director, fundraiser, volunteer, donor and advisor — in the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Through much of the 1990s and 2000s, Brand worked with a range of human-service and education-reform efforts initiated by the state of Pennsylvania in order to meet new challenges. In his spare time he did a bit of fundraising for several nonprofits while also teaching at the Penn State.
Many organizations have invited Brand to serve in leadership roles on their boards of directors and organizing teams: from youth organizations and libraries to environmental groups and YMCAs.
Brand holds a master's degree of nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University in addition to a political science degree from Montana State University.