“I grew up in East County and have such fond memories. I want this community—and especially the kids—to have that same feeling of family and home.”
Lori Stegmann grew up in the Rockwood neighborhood in west Gresham after being adopted as an infant from an orphanage in Korea. She has been a small business owner and insurance agent for more than 20 years, specializing in commercial insurance. She chose to live and locate her Farmers Insurance agency in the same neighborhood she grew up in.
Lori's interest in public service stems from her desire to help make sure everyone has the same opportunities in life that she has had, such as a family, quality public education, affordable housing, and a shot at a good paying job.
Lori served six years on the Gresham City Council and served as City Council President in 2014. Her duties as Gresham City Councilor have included committee assignments on the Public Safety Committee, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Gresham Sister City Association, Youth Advisory Committee and the Council Employee Performance Subcommittee.
Before being elected to the Gresham City Council in 2010, she served on the Gresham Planning Commission, Rockwood Stakeholders Group and Rockwood Light Rail Station Art Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lori co-founded the Rockwood Business Coalition, and has served as its Vice-Chair. She has also chaired a number of Plaza del Sol Community events in Rockwood. Her extensive community service involvement also includes positions with Soroptimist International of Gresham, as both District 2 Secretary, and President. She has also been a Golden Note Award recipient for her volunteer activities.
For the last three years, she served on Metro's Powell/Division Steering Committee which recently concluded their work. She has also served on the Multnomah County Citizen Budget Advisory Committee for the Health Department for the past year.
Lori put herself through college, graduating from Mt. Hood Community College with an associate degree. She obtained her bachelor's degree in business from Portland State University.