Rocky Butte, Portland

Kelly Ross, President
An active participant in Oregon’s legislative process during the last 25 years, Kelly Ross began his professional career in 1980 by becoming Oregon’s youngest elected county commissioner at the age of 24. Subsequent positions included public affairs director for a Los Angeles-based public policy think tank, an association manager and lobbyist, and a government affairs consultant to business organizations, property owners and developers. His articles on various public policy issues have appeared in numerous local and national publications, and he is a frequent speaker to groups around the country. Prior to becoming president of Western Advocates in 2005, Ross served for eight years as Chief Lobbyist with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. While in that capacity, the association’s lobbying accomplishments were recognized four times by the National Association of Home Builders to receive its “Local Government Affairs Program of the Year” award. A graduate of Willamette University, Ross has also served on numerous state and local advisory committees and commissions.  Contact Kelly Ross


Tomilynn RossTomilynn Ross, Association Manager
Tomilynn Ross has over ten years experience managing trade associations and joined Western Advocates in 2006. Beginning as Executive Officer for the Umpqua Valley Home Builders Association in Roseburg, and later as Deputy Director for the Portland Building Owners & Managers Association, Tomilynn has a long history of successful event planning, membership database management, and organizational communications.