Norm Eder joined CFM in 1999 and specializes in helping clients thoughtfully manage complex and at times controversial challenges. He uses his deep knowledge of our region and its communities to develop winning strategies for large public infrastructure, economic development and higher education initiatives.
Norm grew up in southeast Portland and graduated from Cleveland High School. He received degrees from University of Puget Sound, Portland State University and ultimately a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980.
Norm launched his public affairs and communications career under the tutelage of Don Clark, Multnomah County Executive. In 1982 he went to work for Oregon Graduate Institute. During his 17 years at OGI he managed all aspects of public affairs and communications. He learned the value of integrating communications and public affairs tools, as well as technology, into a seamless approach to advocacy at OGI.
In 1994 he became a Fulbright Scholar and spent six months in Seoul Korea, writing a book about Korean environmental management and politics. In 1981 Norm joined the teaching faculty of the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Since then he has spent every Tuesday morning leading an upper division liberal arts seminar class.
Norm has no shortage of hobbies to fill his every waking hour. He is an avid gardener and photographer, has a weakness for rhythm and blues and a special fondness for building wooden sailboats in his garage.
- Current President, Westside Economic Alliance board of directors.
- Photographer, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, largest festival of its type in the West.
- Faculty Member, Pacific Northwest College of Art.
- Former board member, Beaverton Arts Commission.
- Former member, Washington County Commission on Children and Families.
- Entrepreneurs collaborate at Portland's ADX
- 'I'd rather be doing this than sitting in a cubicle all day'
- At Risk Youth Build a Boat
- This is more than a sailboat; it's a stepping stone to a dream