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Oregon Winegrowers Association Staff  

 

Tom Danowski

CEO


Tom is a proven general manager and operating executive with exceptional experience from iconic global companies including Coca-Cola, Starbucks and the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. He has been in his role with the Oregon Winegrowers Association since 2011. Tom has successfully served as a Chief Marketing Officer and as C.O.O. with P & L responsibility for divisions of publicly-traded and private-equity owned companies. His background enables him to build out and lead teams that quickly connect marketplace insights to strategic imperatives and deliver business results.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon and has also completed executive education programs at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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Jana McKamey

Director, Government Affairs and Member Relations 


Jana McKamey has more than a decade of government affairs experience, including five years as a Senior Advisor to the European Union Delegation in Washington, D.C. and two years in the lobbying practice at a D.C. law firm. She also completed internships with the U.S. Senate and European Parliament. In addition to her legislative expertise, Jana brings wine industry exposure to her position after having worked in retail wine shops in Washington, D.C. and London and an agricultural perspective from growing up in a farming family.

 

Jana is responsible for strengthening and representing the Oregon wine industry’s voice in regulatory and government affairs matters at the federal, state and local levels. She serves as OWA’s liaison to the industry, recruiting and retaining members, and manages communications and media relations.  

 

Jana is a 2004 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a master’s degree in International Affairs/International Business Diplomacy. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and German from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a 2001 recipient of a Fulbright grant to Germany.

 

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Jessica Blauert

Membership Coordinator

 

Jessica Blauert has a background in nonprofit coming from a car association where she worked closely recruiting and cultivating relationships. While there, she won two awards from the Public Relations Society of America for her work on the car association’s 60th anniversary convention. After a short stint in the health industry she is now back to her passion in the nonprofit sector.

Jessica has a B.A. in Public Relations with a double specialization in Nonprofit Management and Business Administration. Jessica is responsible for coordinating OWA’s membership recruitment, retention and communication programs for all categories of membership, as well as Trade Show coordination.

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Marie Chambers

DIRECTOR, Finance 

Marie Chambers joined the Oregon Winegrowers Association in December 2013. Marie brings a breadth and depth of experience in finance and business planning from her previous position at Kiewit Infrastructure West, Co., one of North America’s largest construction, mining and engineering organizations. Marie grew up in Medford, Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

 

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In addition to OWA's team members, its experienced legal and lobbying team have more than twenty years of experience crafting legislative and policy solutions for the wine community, leading to a strong record of success.

 

Davis Wright Tremaine

 

Jesse (Jess) Lyon

Jess Lyon serves the OWA as General Counsel for all advocacy and legislative matters.  He focuses his practice on transactions and regulatory issues for clients in the wine, food, beverage and agribusiness industries. He helps structure and negotiates asset acquisitions, and develops strategic agreements for manufacturing, distribution, licensing and marketing. Jess advises clients in a full range of related work, from real estate transactions to trademark licensing.  Jess speaks regularly with regional winery groups throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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CFM Strategic Communications

 

Dan Jarman

Dan Jarman is a co-owner of CFM Strategic Communications and leads its state affairs practice. Dan has more than 25 years experience working in politics and lobbying at the federal, state and local levels. Dan serves as lobbyist and political advisor for OWA. Dan has worked on wine industry issues ranging from land use, agriculture, taxation, direct shipment, tourism and promotion and OLCC oversight. Dan is a native Oregonian, with an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and MBA from the University of Portland.

 

Other members of the state affairs practice include Ellen Miller, Tess Milio and Dale Penn.

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