Brad Avakian

Contributing Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Address
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
U.S.A.
 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Oregon State University, 1984

Juris Doctor, Lewis and Clark Law School, 1990

Professional Experience

Willamette University 2019
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Portland, Oregon
Assistant Professor
Professor in Masters of Business Administration program teaching “Politics and Public Policy
for Managers.”


Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries 5/2008 – 1/2019
Portland, Oregon
Commissioner
Statewide elected official responsible for the state’s civil rights and wage enforcement,
apprenticeship job training and technical assistance for employers. Despite statewide budget
cuts, grew bureau’s $27 million budget; modernized enforcement divisions for a fairer system for all parties; led effort to return career education to Oregon’s public schools; achieved the state’s highest ever participation rate for people of color and twice the national average for women in construction apprenticeship programs.


Oregon State Legislature
Salem, Oregon
Senator 1/2007 - 5/2008, Representative 1/2003 - 1/2007
Wrote and passed the Oregon Renewable Energy Act; created fund to support Oregon’s rural
economy by passing the Agriculture and Community Water Act; passed legislation updating
Oregon’s Bottle Bill and expanding the Clean Indoor Air Act; advanced civil rights by passing
the Oregon Equality Act and Right to Workplace Leave for Victims of Sexual Assault and
Domestic Violence Act.


Law Office of Bradley P. Avakian, P.C. 5/1995 - 5/2006
Portland, Oregon
Attorney
Public and private sector practice in all aspects of civil rights, workers’ compensation and labor
and employment law. Admitted to Oregon Bar, US District Court of Oregon, Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals, US Supreme Court.


Francesconi, Busch and Avakian
Portland, Oregon
Partner 1/1995 - 5/1995, Associate Attorney 9/1990 - 12/1994
Public and private sector practice in all aspects of civil rights, workers’ compensation and labor
and employment law.


The United States District Court for the District of Oregon 1989
The Honorable William M. Dale
Portland, Oregon
Drafted opinions; researched and wrote memoranda; assisted at trials

Northwestern School of Law 08/1988 - 09/1989
Portland, Oregon
Teacher’s Assistant for Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Department – Instructed
students in research methods, statutory construction, analytical reasoning and legal writing.


Parrott Creek Ranch 1983 -1987
Oregon City, Oregon
Counselor and Supervisor, Residential Care
Supervised staff of counselors at rural residential facility treating juvenile offenders and
providing family counseling.

Awards/Special Recognitions

Oregon Legislator of the Year, Oregon Special Districts Association, 2003
Nation’s top 50 Emerging Political Leaders, University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of
Business, 2005
Oregon Legislature’s Consensus Builder of the Year, Oregon League of Conservation Voters,
2007
Newsmaker of the Year, Daily Journal of Commerce, 2009
Drum Major for Justice Award, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officials, 2011
Excellence to Children Award, Oregon School Psychologists Association, 2011
Outstanding Achievement in Technology, WebVisions, 2011
Equality Advocate Award, Basic Rights Oregon, 2012
Newsmaker of the Year, Daily Journal of Commerce, 2014
Neuberger Award for Leadership, 2016
Religious Freedom For All Award, NW Religious Freedom Association 2016

Professional and Civic Activities

Washington County Public Affairs Forum, President, 2019-present
Wayne Morse Scholars Board, University of Oregon 2015-2019
National Association of Government Labor Officials, Western Regional Chair, 2008-2010, 2017-
2018
Oregon Business Leadership Network, Co-chair, 2003-2008
NW Children’s Theater, Board member, 1998-2008
Washington County Chapter, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Co-founder, Co-chair
1999-2005
Portland City Club, 1991-2003, Board of Governors, 2001-2002
Portland Chamber of Commerce, Community and Government Affairs Committee, 1996-1998
Oregon State Bar, Civil Rights Section, Executive Board 1996-1997, Chair Continuing Legal
Education 1995-1996
South West Music School, President and founding board member, 1992-1998
Westside Family YMCA Board, Chair Chairman’s Roundtable, 1991-1995

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Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

Address
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6167

Portland Center

Address
200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.
Phone
971-717-7260

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