Norm Eder



Norm Eder joined CFM in 1999. He 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 is a Portland native, who attended 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, a 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.

Norm’s interests are wide ranging. He joined the teaching faculty of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1981 where he continues to teach in the liberal arts department. He won a Fulbright Fellowship in 1994 and spent six months in Seoul, Korea, eventually authoring a book about Korean environmental politics.  Norm’s community activities are just as diverse. He currently serves as President of the Westside Economic Alliance and is Chairman of the Board of the Wind & Oar Boat School.

Norm has no shortage of hobbies to fill his every waking hour. He is an avid gardener and photographer. Norm is a frequent visitor to Pacific City, where he often catches Chinook salmon, Dungeness crab and digs for clams. He has a weakness for rhythm and blues and a special fondness for building and sailing classic wood sailboats.

  • 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. 

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