Jason A. Atkinson served in the Oregon Legislature for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013. And throughout his tenure in public service, he has built and maintained a reputation as the State’s preeminent coalition builder and strategic leader on issues ranging from the management policy of a $42 billion budget to executive and legislative branch negotiations.
Re-elected twice to the Senate, Jason won both the Republican and Democratic primaries in 2004, and in 2008, he was a top-ranked candidate for Governor. Prior to serving in the Oregon State Senate, he was a State Representative, where he championed conservation bills on water, fish policy and land-use planning.
Internationally, Jason created the first-ever sister-state relationship between a U.S. state and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and thereafter, worked for the Prime Minister of Kurdistan developing business initiatives. As a trade representative to China, Japan and Taiwan, Jason opened the way for local agriculture companies to be marketed and sold across Asia. He also negotiated with the governments of Mexico, Panama and other Central American nations on humanitarian issues, and has successfully resolved visa cases in China, Nepal, the U.K. and Russia, among other foreign countries.
Jason is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, a program designed to bring together the most promising leaders from around the world. He is a founding trustee of the Crater Lake National Park Foundation and board member to numerous non-profits, including the Oregon Capitol Foundation, H.A.N.D. (Helping Assist Nepal's Disabled) and is the current Chairman of the Board for the Dove Network, a radio/TV/mobile non-profit. He is the founder and former chairman of the board for the Peter R. Marsh Foundation’s Center for Servant Leadership and former national board member of Sparrow Clubs.