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Richard Devlin, Chair, Oregon
email | 503-229-5171
Richard Devlin brings a broad diversity of experience to the Council and a lifelong interest in conservation and evidence-based public policy. He has served 31 years as an elected official, first at the local and regional level, where he focused on open space and habitat conservation, land use planning, and transportation.
In 1996 he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. He continued his interest in transportation, and expanded into education, economic development, election law and natural resources.
Elected to the Senate in 2002, he was appointed to the Joint Ways and Means Committee and chaired subcommittees on education and natural resources. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Majority Leader of the Senate. He then was appointed Co-Chair of Ways and Means, a position he held until his appointment to the Council in January 2018.
He graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice and Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in Management. His occupational background is in adult and juvenile corrections, civil and criminal investigations and he served in the United States Marine Corps.
Guy Norman, Vice-Chair, Washington
email | 360-816-1173
Guy Norman was appointed to the Council by Washington Governor Jay Inslee in September, 2016. His term expired January 2020, and he was reappointed through January 2023. He has worked with the fish and wildlife resources of the Columbia River basin since 1977. He retired in 2016 after 33 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) where he had been the Southwest Washington Regional Director since 2004. Guy also spent three years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Director during 1999-2002 and was a private consultant for two years working on Columbia basin fish recovery projects before returning to WDFW in 2004.
For over 20 years he represented either WDFW or ODFW on the U.S. v. Oregon Policy Committee and the Columbia River (fishery) Compact. He has also been a state representative in domestic and international fisheries forums, including the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and the North Pacific Anadromous Fishery Council. Guy has also been a state participant in several NOAA ESA forums, including the FCRPS BiOp Regional Implementation Oversight Group. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology.
Jeffery Allen, Idaho
email | 208-947-4080
Jeffery C. Allen was appointed to the Council in March 2019 by Idaho Governor Brad Little. Prior to his appointment, he directed the Idaho office of the Council for 10 years, where he established and continues to maintain relationships with the people and organizations in Idaho that deal with issues the Council addresses in its planning activities, including protecting and enhancing salmon, steelhead, and resident fish affected by hydropower dams, water allocation, and ensuring the Northwest has a reliable and affordable electric power system.
Before managing the Council’s Idaho office, he worked for the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, where he advised Idaho’s effort to coordinate all state policies relating to the Endangered Species Act and led Idaho’s efforts to delist the wolf and establish a compensation fund to pay for livestock lost to wolves. Earlier, Mr. Allen served as the State Director of Natural Resources for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Brigham Young University. He lives in Star with his wife, Annette, and four children.
email | 406-603-4014
Doug Grob was appointed to the Council by Governor Greg Gianforte in January 2021. Grob was born, raised, and educated in Montana. An honors graduate of the University of Montana, Doug intended to attend law school, but a chance encounter ended in an offer to teach high school as a landed migrant in Australia.
Arriving in Australia, Doug was sent to Nyngan, New South Wales, as a teacher. Following that, Doug hitchhiked west from Sidney to Perth, crossing the Nullarbor Plain. Then, in central Western Australia, he worked constructing earthen dams by bulldozer on newly acquired large homestead grants.
Returning to Perth, Doug contacted a friend and fellow American, and they both bought cruise ship passage from Sidney to Auckland, New Zealand. With only 10 days to cross the 2,500 miles from Perth to Sydney, they hitchhiked back across Australia, arriving 11 hours before the ship sailed.
Arriving in Auckland, they purchased an older VW Beetle and toured both Islands of New Zealand for the next seven months with just two rules: never go faster than 45 miles per hour, and never pass any road that either of them pointed to as the way to go. They toured both islands extensively, hiked across the Southern Alps twice, and generally had a fine time until money issues forced Doug back to Australia to replenish funds. Once again in Australia, he operated heavy machinery, working on the construction of Australia’s first freeway between Sydney and Melbourne, then moved to Adelaide to work and finish saving enough money to travel to London and there decide if he would return to Australia or the United States.
He hitchhiked up the center of Australia to Darwin, spending a week at Ayers Rock and Alice Springs and another month in Darwin, where he purchased a flight to Bali, and then traveled by boat to Singapore, where he began the overland trek to London by bus, railroad, and on foot.
Reaching Bangkok, he stumbled on the filming of the Deer Hunter movie, was hired as an extra, and spent a month living on a floating hotel on the River Kwai. Leaving Thailand, he traveled to Burma (Myanmar now), India, and Pakistan. He arrived in Afghanistan the day after the Russians had toppled the Afghani Republic and was stranded in Kabul for two weeks due to the Shah having closed the border into Iran.
Once in Iran, he crossed into Turkey and then traveled from Istanbul into Europe and on to London, with a one-month hiatus in Switzerland with a Swiss friend he had met in the Hill Tribe region of Thailand.
In London, desperately trying to decide whether to return to the United States or Australia, he went to the movie “Oh, God.” The theater included a short film about St. Ignatius, Montana, and the Moise National Bison Range. Given that the Bison Range is located just 70 miles from his family farm, he figured the question of where he should return to may have been answered. Leaving the theater, he got on the London Tube, got off at the Piccadilly exit, went above ground, and purchased a ticket from London to Seattle, leaving the next morning.
Returning to the United States, he started a home-building company. Shortly thereafter, a recession caused him to enter the Alaska fishing industry. He worked in many areas of Alaska managing the design, materials management, construction labor, and building needs of the remote Alaska salmon-freezing and canning industry. After 20 years in Alaska, his last and favorite place and plant sold out to the Kodiak, Alaska, town plant, and the remote plant was closed. Doug decided to retire young, move back to Montana, and travel again.
However, before that could happen a former Montana member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and a former Montana Governor egged him on and convinced him to get involved in his local electric co-operative, which was in distress. He did, and this led to his extensive involvement in the Northwest power industry.
Over the next 20 years, Doug spent a good deal of time at both his utility and in Portland on regional power issues, culminating in serving on many committees and regional boards and attending many trade meetings from a broad interest in the Northwest and West Coast power industry.
email | 406-603-4016
Mike Milburn was appointed to the Council by Governor Greg Gianforte in May 2021. Milburn is a Montana native who was raised on a family cattle ranch in central Montana. He graduated from Montana State University with a geology degree. He married his childhood sweetheart and has three children and seven grandchildren. He is a retired Air Force pilot, having served on active duty and in the Montana National Guard. He served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives, his last term as Speaker of the House. Most recently he was the Director of the Montana Department of Justice and then served on Governor Gianforte’s executive team until his appointment to the Council.
email | 360-870-2218
Patrick Oshie was appointed to the Council by Washington Governor Jay Inslee in April, 2019. His term expires in January, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1980. His legal experience includes matters of federal Indian law, environmental law, energy law, and utility regulation.
He began working in utility regulation in 1984, serving as counsel to the Committee for Consumer Services in Utah. In 1987, he and his family returned to Washington, where he represented Seattle City Light in its Skagit River Hydroelectric Project relicensing proceeding and the construction of the Lucky Peak Power Project on the Boise River. He later worked with the Yakama Nation to plan and develop the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project and on other fisheries and environmental restoration undertakings, including cleanup work at the Hanford site. In 2001, he was appointed by Governor Gary Locke to serve on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. After serving two terms, he joined the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and later served as Vice-President and General Counsel of Peak Reliability, the interconnection’s Reliability Coordinator. He joined energy law firm Davison Van Cleve in 2016 as Of Counsel, representing industrial and large volume electricity customers before the Washington and Oregon utility commissions.
email | 503-229-5171
In March of 2021,Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Chuck Sams to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Chuck Sams is Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah, and Yankton Sioux. He grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Northeast Oregon.
Prior to joining the NW Council he held positions to include Executive and Deputy Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Communications Director for the CTUIR, Environmental Health and Safety Officer/Planner in the Tribal Planning Office for the CTUIR, President/Chief Executive Officer of Indian Country Conservancy, Executive Director for the Umatilla Tribal Community Foundation, National Director of the Tribal & Native Lands Program for the Trust for Public Land, Executive Director for the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Executive Director for the Community Energy Project and President/Chief Executive Officer for the Earth Conservation Corps. Chuck has worked in the non- profit natural resource and conservation management field for over 25 years.
In addition, Chuck serves on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust and Gray Family Foundation.
Chuck holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Concordia University and a master of legal studies in Indigenous Peoples Law/Federal Indian Law from the University of Oklahoma. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an intelligence specialist. He lives with his wife, Lori Lynn (Reinecke) Sams and their four children on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.
email | 208-947-4080
Jim Yost was born in Rupert, Idaho and raised in the Magic Valley of Southern Idaho where he learned and applied knowledge of water, agriculture and natural resources. He graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in 1968 with an Associate of Arts Degree and then Boise State in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.
He was elected in 1972 to the Idaho State Senate at age 24, the youngest Idaho Senator/Legislator ever elected and served two terms. He owned and operated a dairy distributorship for a number of years in Wendell, Idaho and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 10 years. In 1988 he was named Assistant Public Affairs Director for the Idaho Farm Bureau and in 1991 was promoted to Public Affairs Director. In 1995 he worked for a time for the Northwest Power and Planning Council.
Governor Batt appointed Jim as his Natural Resources Senior Policy Advisor. He was retained by Governor Kempthorne from 1999-2006. He was retained by Governor Risch for his term. In 2007 Governor Otter retained Jim until the appointment to the Council in October. Governor Little retained Jim on the Council. His term expires January 2021.