Avery Pickard

Avery Pickard

Public and Nonprofit Professional, MPA Student with special interests in economic development and sustainability

Portland, Oregon (Portland, Oregon Area)
Government Administration

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Avery Pickard's Overview


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Avery Pickard's Summary

Nonprofit/Public professional with a special focus on regional commerce, business and economic economic development and governmental relations.

Avery Pickard's Experience

Membership Manager

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce

August 2013August 2014 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for growing and providing benefits and advocacy for 450-member business community. Provided business education and resources and regional economic development advocacy to business community and key industry sectors including tourism, tech manufacturing, healthcare and professional services.

Served as organization representative through public presentations and communications.

Executive Director

Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

December 2010August 2013 (2 years 9 months)

Directed and grew a 200+ member business advocacy organization serving the economy of western Klickitat County and the greater Columbia Gorge. Expanded business education programming, increased member engagement, facilitated partner relationships with area economic development agents, developed external and government relationships. Advocated for infrastructural improvements and development resources to support Gorge industry sectors: aerospace & composite manufacturing, wine and agriculture, forest management, healthcare and professional services.

Administrative Responsibility:
Budget oversight
Board management and reporting
Staff management
Membership growth and service

Avery Pickard's Organizations

  • ICMA PSU Chapter

    Board Member
    • September 2014 to Present
  • Gorge Innoventure Business Accelerator

    Past President, BOD
    • May 2012 to Present
  • Rotary International of Bingen - White Salmon

    Rotarian 2010-2013, President-Elect 2013
    • December 2010 to August 2013
  • Toastmasters International

    Club Member
    • October 2013 to Present

Avery Pickard's Skills & Expertise

  1. Community Organizing
  2. Economic Development
  3. Writing
  4. Press Release Drafting
  5. Community Outreach
  6. Press Releases
  7. Nonprofits
  8. Public Speaking
  9. Newsletters
  10. Community Development
  11. Public Relations
  12. Business Development
  13. Fundraising
  14. Volunteer Management
  15. Grant Writing
  16. Program Development

Avery Pickard's Education

Portland State University

Master's Degree, Public Administration

20142016 (expected)

Specialization in Local Government Administration with a focus on economic development and sustainable governance

Rice University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science


Activities and Societies: Baker Institute for Public Policy Rice University Student Ambassadors

American University

Public Law Research Semester


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