Juniper tree overlooking the Deschutes by Mia Sheppard

Leadership Team

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Todd Davidson

Chief Executive Officer


• Leads relationship with Governor, Legislature, Tourism Commission and state agencies
• Leads relationship with national tourism policy and strategy, administration and Congress
• Oversees agency strategic direction and performance
• Oversees agency administration, resource allocation, vision and culture

Favorite Oregon Activity: Fly fishing any number of incredible spots in Oregon

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Sarah Watson

Manager, Executive & Commission Administration


• Implements strategies and projects and supports key relationships to further the reach and productivity of the Chief Executive Office
• Key liaison to the Oregon Tourism Commission, the Governor’s office, agency heads, legislators, congressional offices, national industry and policy-making offices, and other state travel offices and corporate contacts
• Manages Commission meetings and commissioner engagement

Favorite Oregon Activity: Golfing the state's fabulous courses with scenic views of mountains or the coast

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Kathleen Stewart

Interim VP, Operations / Comptroller

• Accounting and payroll
• Financial performance insight and reporting
• Audits and financial reviews

Favorite Oregon Activity: Spending time at the beach, day hikes anywhere, and enjoying Oregon libations - beer, wine and whisky!

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Teresa O'Neill

Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships

Oversees the Global Strategic Partnerships team which includes the following program areas:
• Regional Cooperative Tourism Program
• Industry Services
• Grants
• Strategic Partnership Development

Favorite Oregon Activity: A day on the slopes or a golf course in beautiful Central Oregon, followed by a tasty Pinot Noir

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Kevin Wright

Vice President, Global Marketing


• Leads Global Marketing program of work
• Develops strategic marketing plan to position Oregon as an unparalleled travel destination
• Leads agency-wide marketing services studios areas of focus, workflow, staffing and budgets

Favorite Oregon Activity: Swinging for Oregon Steel

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Petra Hackworth

Vice President, Global Sales


• Plans and oversees travel trade strategic plan, including industry education on travel trade and strategy for participation in sales-oriented shows
• Oversees collaboration with external partners and internal teams to set international traditional and social media strategies
• Represents Travel Oregon in international partnerships, on trade missions and to international media

Favorite Oregon Activity: Spending time at the coast and wine tasting

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Scott Bricker

Interim Vice President, Destination Development

• Oversees a team that develops programs and projects aiming to provide world-class visitor experiences in Oregon
• Manages culinary and agritourism development and our statewide agritourism industry working group
• Spearheads visitor transportation strategy and agency participation
• Participates in community-based tourism development and provides follow-up leadership and support to action teams.

Favorite Oregon Activity: Paddleboarding on one of Oregon’s pristine bodies of water… followed up by an in-town local food and beverage walking/biking tour.

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Kate Baumgartner

External and Public Affairs Strategist

• Lead and manage Travel Oregon’s industry policy development through collaborative industry and agency partnerships.
• Develop and direct engagement strategies with Federal, State, and local policymakers.
• Amplify awareness of tourism and its economic impact throughout the state via development and delivery of key industry messages.

Favorite Oregon Activity: Skiing in the Central Cascades in the winter, exploring our local gardens and flower farms in the summer!