Dave Fiskum

Partner Emeritus


Dave Fiskum is a co-founder of CFM, who focused most of his energy on state lobbying that ranged from Oregon's pioneering workers' compensation reforms and trailblazing health care transformation to securing the money to deepen the Columbia River Shipping Channel.

Dave began his career as a newspaper reporter before taking a series of public sector jobs that included legislative affairs for Portland State University and Department of Human Resources (now Department of Human Services) and as deputy director of the Department of Economic Development (now Oregon Business). He also worked as press secretary for the late Governor Vic Atiyeh and for Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin in Washington, DC.

During his time at CFM, Dave enjoyed lobbying most when the process landed in the smart middle ground, where most public policy issues are solved rather than at the extremes.  He also appreciated working in Oregon where the public policy process remains a very personal one, marked by meaningful exchanges between lobbyists and legislators based on trust and integrity.

Dave has retired from full-time work at CFM to continue his life-long love of golf and civic involvement in Salem, where he and wife live. He remains available to CFM clients to provide counsel on legislative and political issues or on strategic communications challenge.

  • Former member of the governing board, Salem Alliance Church, where he served eight years as board chair. Former member, SAY Golf - the Salem Area Youth Golf, which exists to ensure that high school golf programs remain financed in the Salem-Keizer School District, as well as promotes golf for all children and youth throughout the Salem area. Past president, Illahe Hills Golf and Country Club - a golf, tennis and swimming club that caters to families in the Salem area.