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    Jennifer in the News

    News Releases Jennifer Williamson Selected for “40 under 40” Award in PortlandSALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that Jennifer Williamson, Public Affairs Manager at the Oregon Department of Education, was among 40 individuals selected for The Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award. Award winners are recognized as the 40 most accomplished, influential and civic-minded young executives in Portland.At the Department of Education, Williamson leads legislative affairs, internal and external communications, and the Oregon Virtual School District. Her primary role is leading strategic communications and outreach for the Oregon Diploma initiative. She also oversees stakeholder engagement efforts for Superintendent Castillo, including the Professional Educators Advisory Team., Business Advisory Team, and Youth Advisory Team.

    “I’m so happy to see Jennifer receive this well-deserved recognition,” Castillo said. “She delivers high-quality work for our state, building new partnerships and supporting our efforts to create success for all Oregon students.”

    Prior to her current position, Williamson was the Government Relations associate for Portland State University. She was an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Portland), a public affairs specialist with Intel Corporation, and a legislative research assistant at the office of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield in Washington, D.C.

    Williamson serves on the board of directors for the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls and the advisory board of the National Education for Women’s Leadership of Oregon at Portland State University. She received her J.D., cum laude from the Willamette University College of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Oregon. She has also completed a summer program in Chinese law at the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China.

    Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Gene Evans, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737
    Oregon Department of Education News Releases contain information that was originally released to the press as an official release.  Refer to each News Release for the details.

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