Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has named Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader to lead a team of community partners in developing the Clackamas County Food System ONEStop concept and to study ways to integrate and leverage local resources.

Schrader has long been an advocate of sustainability, county agriculture and economic efforts. One goal of the Food System ONEStop project is to leverage technical and financial resources among partners to help growers as an Oregon Solutions project. ONEStop has the potential of bringing together urban and rural communities for shared purposes, something that could be replicated in other parts of the state.

“I’m honored to assist the governor and Clackamas County in the Oregon Solutions project,” Schrader said, hoping to strengthen the connection among nonprofit, business and government sectors, both in the county and throughout the state.

The Clackamas County Food System ONEStop concept supports Oregon’s Sustainable Community Objectives, according to Kitzhaber. It is conceived as a virtual public, private, nonprofit and academic partnership. The partnership will support the regional objective to advance economic development and job creation in the emerging food system cluster. It also will foster community benefits like increased public health, food equity and environmental stewardship.

Schrader was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in May 2012. She previously served as commissioner from 2003 to 2009 and has served as commission chairwoman. She also served as a state senator from 2009 to 2011.

She holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and has completed advanced coursework in public policy and administration at Portland State University.

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