Amanda Hoey is the Executive Director for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), a bi-state regional economic development entity supporting the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Under Amanda’s leadership, MCEDD has diversified regional economic initiatives to include additional opportunities for access to capital and regional cluster development. Prior to MCEDD, Amanda worked in small business development, developing youth entrepreneurship opportunities. She returned to the Gorge, where her family is involved in dryland wheat production. Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Whitman College. She serves on the boards of the Rural Development Initiatives, The Dalles Riverfront Trail, and Old St Peter’s Landmark Church. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2017) and American Leadership Forum of Oregon Senior Fellow.