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 direc
tor 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.


Misty SlagleMisty Slagle, Association Manager
Misty Slagle worked part time for Western Advocates prior to joining the staff full time in March of 2010. She is a graduate of Western Oregon State College and spent three sessions in the Oregon Senate as Legislative staff before working for a Salem-based association management company that focused on agricultural based trade associations.

Misty spent nine years working for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, where she served as the organization’s Political Affairs Director. Over the years her responsibilities included the organizations educational programs, nonprofit foundation, and several committees.


Suzanne Hankins, Manager of Shows and Sponsorships

Suzanne HankinsSuzanne Hankins brings more than twelve years of experience producing large-scale consumer and trade events, as well as other areas of association management, in past positions with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland and the Oregon Association of Nurseries. While at those organizations she lead teams in producing a variety of fundraising events along with major consumer and trade shows such as the NW Natural Street of Dreams, Street of New Beginnings, Farwest Show, Yard Garden and Patio Show, and co-producer of the Portland Home and Garden Show. Most recently, Hankins has served as Executive Director for the North Willamette Vintners and is responsible for their event programming and daily operations.