Chief of Staff
As chief of staff, Nancy Bennett brings more than 18 years of public policy and political experience to the county. Nancy is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and supervision of the chair’s office and staff.
Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University.
Nancy is driven by the ability to create change in her community. After completing her undergraduate degree, she began her career with an internship on Capitol Hill with Congressman Peter DeFazio. From there, she worked on staff with now-U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in the House of Representatives. She went on to become a federal lobbyist and a regional advocacy manager on health care issues for the American Cancer Society.
After a move back to Oregon, she served as the statewide political director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Narrowing her focus to county government, Nancy became a policy advisor to Deborah Kafoury in the District 1 commissioner seat, and most recently served as the co-director for the Government Relations Office at Multnomah County.
Because of her wide range in political involvement, Nancy has a broad perspective of the functions of government. At the county, she has worked on a variety of issues ranging from legislation on the Sellwood Bridge project to property tax issues.
As the chief of staff, Nancy tackles a wide range of issues facing members of the county.
“There’s a lot of great work that has been going on,” Nancy says. “I am excited to get in there and see where we can make a difference.”
Originally from Eugene, Nancy lives in Sellwood with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and new St. Bernard puppy.