Penn Joins CFM State Affairs Team

Dale Penn II, who has worked with the Oregon legislature and state regulatory agencies for more than 10 years, will join CFM May 5 as a senior associate.

"Dale brings rich experience and broad contacts to benefit CFM clients," says CFM Partner Dan Jarman, who oversees the firm's state affairs practice. "He has worked on tough issues, building trusted relationships across party lines with his effective advocacy."

CFM employs a team approach to each Oregon legislative session. Team members work year-round to prepare clients for achieving results when the legislature meets. That can involve setting objectives, building coalitions and grassroots support and enlisting legislative champions. CFM also provides research and strategic communications support for clients.

Penn worked for the past six years for the Oregon Health Care Association, addressing complicated health care issues. Prior to that, Penn was an associate director for policy development and compliance officer for large, multi-state health care companies that stretched across 30 states.

A native Oregonian, Penn grew up in Salem and has strong ties to the community, established by serving in leadership positions and on local boards for civic organizations. He lives in Keizer and enjoys steelhead fishing, riding motorcycles and photography.

Penn's arrival coincides with the departure of Jessica Adamson who has joined Providence Health & Services as its new Oregon government affairs director. Providence is one of CFM's original clients and remains one of its largest.