Born and raised in Portland, Gary R. Maffei has spent his life in the pursuit of making his mark on the world and “doing good” in his hometown. After graduating from Central Catholic High School and completing studies at Portland State University, Gary worked as head of Human Resources at Louisiana Pacific Corporation. He then went on to become Vice President of Merlo Corporation. During his 40 years in business he’s served on company boards including Regent Assisted Living and Wholesome & Hearty, the makers of Garden Burgers. He currently sits on the business boards of Portland Bottling, Lucky Limo Co. and Randall Investment Group.
Gary’s work with and support of nonprofit organizations reflects his passion for service and giving back. From serving on the boards of CASA, Albertina Kerr, OMSI, The Grotto, Marylhurst University, RACC and many others, Gary was also instrumental in the creation of events such as Sitka Center for the Arts & Ecology Art Show and Kids for Kids Card Program. Gary was also the founding Chairman of Oregon Ballet Theatre and his volunteer services have led to raising $2.5 million for children’s charities. Currently, Gary serves on the boards of New Avenues for Youth, Park Academy, Our House, OPB and is President of the Portland 5 Foundation.
Gary wishes to thank his partner for life, Marc Lintner, Interior Designer and Artist, who has the patience of Jobe to let him do all of this.
With Keynote Address by Journalist
and University of Oregon Alumna
Ann Curry is the former NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and TODAY Anchor at Large. Curry reported for all platforms of NBC News including TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Dateline,” MSNBC, and all digital properties. Curry also served as anchor for multiple NBC News primetime specials, regularly substitute anchors for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and reports for Rock Center with Brian Williams. Curry ended her run with NBC as a full-time employee to become founder of a new media startup seeded by NBCUniversal, and will continue to report non-exclusively for NBC News.
Curry first joined NBC News in August 1990 as a Chicago-based correspondent. In 1992 she was named anchor of NBC News at Sunrise. She later helped launch MSNBC and then became news anchor at TODAY. Before coming to NBC, Curry was a reporter for KCBS in Los Angeles. In 1981, she was a reporter and anchor for KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore. Curry began her broadcasting career as an intern in 1978 at KTVL, in Medford, Ore., near her hometown, rising to become that station's first female news reporter.
Curry has earned seven Emmy Awards, four Golden Mikes, several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence, three Gracie Awards, a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and an award for Excellence in Reporting from the NAACP. In June 2007, Curry was honored with the Simon Wiesenthal Medal of Valor for her extensive reporting in Darfur. She has been awarded by Americares, Save the Children, Women of Concern, the Anti-Defamation League as a Woman of Achievement, and the Asian American Journalists Association, receiving its National Journalism Award in 2003. She has also won numerous awards for her charity work, primarily for breast cancer research.
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