Allen is the CEO of the Alley Group, is widely recognized as one of the leading technology investors in Oregon, and has run for Treasurer and Governor of Oregon.

Ernie Bootsma is a partner at the law firm, Ater Wynne LLP, where he represents start-ups and growth stage businesses, in the areas of company formation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and licensing). 

Julianne Brands is a Partner at the Oregon Angel Fund, a venture capital firm based in Portland, OR where she spends her time running research & analysis and meeting with entrepreneurs across the state.

Jennifer Brown serves as the Vice Provost and Dean for the Graduate School. As Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, she provides leadership for graduate education and serves as an advocate for graduate students.

Chair, Board of Advisors

Brent is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of corporate and securities law, having served as chair of the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. 

President & Executive Director of OEN. Maggie has a long history of supporting entrepreneurs. She practiced corporate law for nearly five years at Stoel Rives, with a focus on small and emerging companies. She was the VP of Business Development at a Portland startup, and developed and taught the first “Law for Managers” course at PSU.

Nicholas Fowler owns Orion Ventures, LLC and is CEO of Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLC, a startup assuring a domestic supply of critical medical isotopes.  Mr. Fowler is a high technology industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, and active seed stage venture investor.

Rita is currently the CEO of Onboard Dynamics, an ARPA-E awardee and startup company resulting from technology originally conceived at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Julie Harrelson has been an executive and serial entrepreneur for over 25 years serving as a CEO, VP, strategist, senior consultant and CEO, Fund Manager for Cascade Angels Fund.

Caroline works for Rogue Venture Partners where her primary responsibilities include deal sourcing and screening, due diligence, community engagement, and helping portfolio companies. Caroline also works with various accelerators locally and on behalf of the U.S. Embassy: Xxcelerate, InventOR, TiE Oregon, Portland State Business Accelerator, OSU Advantage Accelerator, Female Founders Alliance, TiE India Global AIRSWEE, and Five One Labs Iraq.

Ex Officio
Mitzi M. Montoya became the Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University in August 2015.

Tom Nelson was hired in September of 2012 as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Corvallis/Benton County. He previously worked in the same capacity for the City of Sherwood. 

Serial entrepreneur, although he has tried to retire numerous times. Dan was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Benton County 2003