Willamette graduate appointed governor’s legislative director

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this week the appointment of Willamette University alumnus Dmitri Palmateer ’96 to the position of legislative director.

Palmateer succeeds another Willamette graduate, Brian Shipley ’96, who has accepted the position of director of external affairs at Forest Capital Partners LLC, a Portland company that acquires and manages investment-grade forest lands in North America.

Palmateer, who majored in history and politics at Willamette, currently serves as the statewide business liaison for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. He will begin his new post July 26.

Prior to working for Merkley, Palmateer served in several staff positions in the Oregon Legislature, including 2008–09 chief of staff for the House Democratic Caucus.