Sandra Day O'Connor was elected to two terms in the Arizona state senate. In 1981 Ronald Reagan nominated her as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and she received unanimous Senate approval. As a justice, O'Connor was as a key swing vote in many important cases, including the upholding of Roe V. Wade.
Phil Oldham is the Regional Program Director at Mercy Corps. Previously, Phil worked in development and post-disaster communities throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Olga Oliker is associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center and a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Before coming to RAND, she held positions in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. Oliker's areas of expertise include international relations, national security policy, and security sector reform in the conflict, post-conflict, transition, and development contexts as well as U.S. and international efforts to advance reform in countries in transition. Her books include Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan (2004), Making Liberia Safe: Transformation of the National Security Sector (2007), and The Impact of U.S. Military Drawdown in Iraq on Displaced and Other Vulnerable Populations (2010). In 2012 her commentaries appeared at CNN.com, GlobalSecurity.org, businessinsider.com, U.S. News & World Report.
Derrick Olsen is the Vice President of Regional Strategy & Coordination at Greater Portland Inc. Derrick leads the region’s implementation of the Greater Portland Export Initiative, the annual update to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and provides coordination and project management services to the region’s economic development community.
Previously, Derrick managed international trade and investment issues for over four years with Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development Department). Derrick also has over 13 years of experience managing political and economic issues as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Asia, and Washington, DC. He served as Committee Administrator for the House Education Committee in the Oregon State Legislature during the 2007 legislative session.
Most recently as Global Investment Strategist, Derrick worked closely with Business Oregon’s foreign trade and investment representatives in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and the European Union to attract foreign direct investment into Oregon. Previously, Derrick served as International Trade Manager and led International Trade Officers in Oregon and foreign representative offices in assisting small and medium Oregon businesses and industries to expand their exports of goods and services. Derrick has served as Vice Chair of Study Oregon, a collaborative effort of Oregon colleges and universities to market Oregon as a destination for international students. He currently serves on the International Air Service Executive Committee, which is tasked with establishing and maintaining nonstop international air service between Portland International Airport and Europe and Asia.
Derrick graduated from Tigard High School, has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Sabore Ole Oyie is a Maasai elder and warrior. He uses his experience and knowledge gained from his formal education and his warrior training to educate the community on the importance of school and traditions. As second-in-command to the chief, he emphasizes youth education and economic development for his community. In addition, he is also a cultural ambassador for Kenya.