Building an opportunity: Former legislator takes reins at OHBA

January, 2018 Posted in Community

IMG_0014By Mary Owen

The Oregon Home Builders Association has named Jodi Hack as its new chief executive officer, filling the position left open by retiring CEO Jon Chandler.

Hack stepped down as state representative of House District 19 to start her new position at OHBA on Jan. 2. She was first elected to the state legislature in 2015, and was elected her second two-year term this year.

“Serving in the Oregon legislature,
I knew first-hand the respect and integrity that OHBA has,” said Hack, who formerly handled communications for the North Santiam School District. “I am also aware of the need to have someone that can champion laws and regulations that will ensure that all Oregonians have access to the affordable housing they so desperately need.”

Hack gained an understanding of state housing needs while serving on various House committees, including education, healthcare and transportation as well as several subcommittees dealing with educational and business issues.

During her first term, she served on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Early Childhood Development and Family Support Services, and Business and Labor Committee. During her 2017-2019 term, she was to serve as the vice-chairman of the Early Childhood Development and Family Support Committee, and as a member of the Health Committee, Rules Committee, and Business and Labor Committee. She was also chosen to serve in a leadership role as the House Republican WHIP.

“All discussed the need and importance of housing across our state, so I knew the issue was one that needed great support,” Hack said. “That was great motivation!

“My legislative experience will definitely be a plus, but I think my ability to build relationships and to collaborate with people will be key,” she said.

Hack plans to “spend time in the trenches” before identifying key issues she will face as OHBA’s CEO.

“I know housing is a huge issue across our state and one that needs to be tackled head-on in many different ways,” she said. “I believe the Home Builders Association has the opportunity to change leaders on many levels.”

Hack said many have reached out to her with “some really innovative and great ideas.” She plans to work alongside the OHBA Board and other executive directors across the state.

The Marion County Board of Commissioners will select a replacement for the District 19 seat from among at least three Republican candidates within 30 days of her leaving office. The person selected to fill the position will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.

“After the interim, it’s up to who is elected in the primary and general election,” Hack said.

Oregon’s 19th state house district represents an average of 63,851 residents living in parts of South Salem, Aumsville and Turner.

“I have loved serving the citizens of House District 19,” Hack said. “It was an honor and an oath I took with great humility and respect.”

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