GPI TeamThe GPI team is committed to making Greater Portland a better place to live and work through targeted recruitment and expansion of new businesses to, and the retention of existing businesses, in the region. We provide resources for businesses to make informed location decisions on why Greater Portland is THE place to grow.
At GPI, we celebrate and are motivated by people from all walks of life; we honor diverse cultures and individualism, and together we are focused on achieving economic prosperity for all across Greater Portland.
Brittany BagentVP of StrategyBrittany Bagent, VP of Strategybrittany.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065 ext. 107As Vice President of Strategy, Brittany brings 10 years of economic development and research experience to her work with bi-state partners across the region. In partnership with Metro, Brittany developed the Greater Portland Economic Recovery Plan, which envisions the region recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger, more resilient, and more equitable with an urgent focus on building opportunities for BIPOC individuals and their businesses, as they have been hit hardest. She is also developing the region’s next Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) which will establish an economic blueprint for the region.
Before coming to GPI, Brittany developed and implemented the comprehensive economic development plan for Clark County, WA while working for the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). Prior to that, she worked as an urban planning consultant supporting clients in and around Chicago to advance effective development recommendations and powerful fiscal tools.
Hailing from the Midwest, Brittany has an undergraduate degree in urban & regional planning from Miami University (Ohio) and a graduate degree in urban planning & policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When not planning for our region's future, Brittany enjoys a good hike and a piney IPA with her husband and two young sons.
Monique ClaibornePresident & CEOMonique Claiborne, President & CEOmonique.email@example.com | 503.308.9550Monique brings 15 years of experience to GPI from her previous roles in business recruitment, government and finance.
Monique was selected as GPI’s new president & CEO after a national search, and assumed the role at a time when strong economic development leadership was crucial to the region’s recovery. Monique is leading the organization into a new era, overseeing GPI’s efforts to grow jobs and investment in Greater Portland and ensuring the region’s economic development strategy paves the way for prosperity for all.
Prior to joining GPI, Monique was the founder of The Kenley Group, a Portland-based consulting firm where she advised and strategized with nonprofits and municipalities nationwide. Her previous roles included legislative operations chief financial officer for the City of Detroit, business attraction manager for the Detroit Regional Chamber and state and local tax consultant for Ernst & Young, specializing in tax credits and incentives.
Monique holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international public policy from University College London. She has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Monique is deeply invested in the Greater Portland community, and serves on the board of directors for the Portland Business Alliance and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. She is also passionate about ending mass incarceration. Prior to the pandemic, Monique volunteered at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, empowering women through entrepreneurship.
Amy JauronVP of Business DevelopmentAmy Jauron, VP of Business Developmentamy.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065, ext. 104As VP of Business Development, Amy brings 10 years of economic development and marketing experience to Greater Portland Inc. Amy leads GPI’s Business Development outreach including recruitment project management, outbound travel, and internal and external relationships. Before coming to GPI, she was the Economic Development Manager with Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office where she helped define a community approach to proactive business engagement. She began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership where she managed marketing and community partnerships. Amy graduated from Oregon State University – Go Beavs!
In 2016, Amy was named among a national group of “40 Under 40” by Development Counsellors International, aimed at recognizing rising talent in economic development.
Described by her peers as engaging, nimble, and a rabble-rouser, Amy enjoys travelling with her partner Aaron, fancy cocktails, and camping with her dog Gilly.
Bret MarchantBusiness Development CoordinatorBret Marchant, Business Development Coordinatorbret.email@example.com | 503-445-8065 x103Bret Marchant has over 15 years of experience in economic development and community planning. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Research & Data for the United Way in Winston-Salem, NC, working on investment strategies, program evaluation, and implementing an asset-based community development strategy focused on strengthening neighborhoods.
Prior to United Way, Bret was the Director of Strategic Economic Development for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and worked on business retention and expansion, cluster-based development, and workforce attraction and retention. He has also worked for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Department and Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta.
Bret has a master’s degree in city planning with a specialization in economic development from Georgia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Bret has lived in Portland for over four years. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, listening to live music, sampling a local beer, and still trying to play soccer and softball.
Anna MarumMarketing & Communications ManagerAnna Marum, Marketing & Communications Manageranna.firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.445.8065 x 108As GPI's marketing and communciations manager, Anna tells the Greater Portland region's story by showcasing its advantages. She oversees the development of marketing strategies and content for GPI's events and campaigns, and manages the organization's social media and web presence. Anna also oversees communications to investors and outreach to local, national and international media.
Before coming to GPI, she spent five years as a reporter at The Oregonian, where she covered business and state politics, among other beats. Anna grew up in Southwest Washington and is a proud graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, where she earned degrees in journalism and Spanish. Her passions outside of work include cycling, working on her cooking blog and scouring thrift shops for treasures.
Jocelyn SanchezOperations Manager & Executive AssistantJocelyn Sanchez, Operations Manager & Executive Assistantjocelyn.email@example.com | 503.445.8065Jocelyn Sanchez joined the Greater Portland Inc team with prior experience in office management and administrative support. She recently relocated to Portland from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jocelyn is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communication Studies.
In her free time she occupies herself with photography, videography, attending concerts, hiking and dance classes. She loves to try new things and is excited to live and work in a region with so many outlets of opportunity.