Tom Brian, one of the most experienced local officials in Oregon, has agreed to be a strategic partner with CFM on significant projects that require in-depth knowledge and a wide range of contacts.
"Nobody can match Tom's background, experience and expertise on local and state issues," says CFM President Gary Conkling. "He will give our team more depth and our clients knowledgeable, practical and savvy counsel."
Brian retired from elected office in 2011 after serving as chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners for 12 years, where he provided strong leadership in fields such as transportation, tourism, land-use and taxation.
He came to the county after a decade in the Oregon legislature, including being chairman of the House Revenue Committee, and leadership roles on the House Judiciary and Ways and Means committees. As Revenue chair, Brian successfully rewrote a contentious and flawed property tax initiative and referred the Constitutional amendment to Oregon voters, which was approved.
Brian was mayor and city councilor of Tigard for ten years before winning election to the legislature. During his long and varied career, he has been elected president of the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce, owned a commercial and industrial real estate firm and served as executive director of the Oregon Council on Crime and Delinquency. He began his career as a deputy sheriff before taking his undergraduate degree at Western Oregon University, then a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.
While serving on the Washington County commission, Brian graduated from the Senior Executives Program offered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. More recently, he was active as a board member of the Westside Economic Alliance and led a Washington County trade delegation to China, a consulting team to Ukraine, and is vice-chair of the Clean Water Institute.
Married for 39 years with three adult children, his hobbies include photography and travel — but conversations with him never take long to get to great wine. Brian has been on the board of directors of Willamette Valley Vineyards since 2005 and enjoys advocating for the great wines produced in Oregon.