Brenda Wilson Named to Head LCOG
On July 1, 2012, Brenda Wilson became the regional agency’s sixth Executive Director. Wilson, previously the Intergovernmental Relations Manager with the City of Eugene, emerged as the top candidate after a nation-wide search.
Wilson succeeded George Kloeppel, who served as LCOG’s Executive Director since 1981. Kloeppel retired June 30, 2012.
Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political theory, a Master of Science degree in resource management, and a Juris Doctorate, all from Southern Illinois University. Her academic specialties include administrative, land use and environmental law.
Before joining the administrative staff of the City of Eugene in 2006, Wilson worked for the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System, as a manager, and for the Oregon Water Resources Department, as a policy advisor. At PERS, Wilson managed a diverse staff and provided counsel to the agency’s Director and Assistant Director, as well as the Executive Board, appointed by the Governor. She was responsible for budget development and implementation and the negotiation and execution of contractual agreements.
As the leader of the City of Eugene’s intergovernmental relationships, Wilson has represented the city’s interests at the Oregon Legislature and has facilitated the regional United Front communication with the federal legislative and executive branches.
Eugene City Councilor and LCOG Board Chair, Chris Pryor, praised Wilson as an effective lobbyist for the city and a skilled attorney. “Brenda will provide excellent leadership for a diverse organization like LCOG,” he said.