The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 by an intergovernmental agreement between Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Its mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities in Northeast Oregon.

We’re hiring! Communication and Individual Development Account (IDA) Specialist job description here. Application form here, and process document here. Contact the office for alternate forms of these documents.


Lisa Dawson 

Executive Director

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Lisa holds a B.A. in economics and has worked for NEOEDD since 1989. She was the founding chair of Oregon Economic Development Districts, and is a member of the National Association of Development Organizations board and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. She has been named “Economic Development Finance Professional” by The National Development Council and “Leader in Entrepreneurialism” by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.

Sara Miller

Deputy Director

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Sara Miller has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs to plan, capitalize, and run small businesses, and is a skilled facilitator and grant-writer, with more than 20 years of experience providing technical assistance to non-profits and municipalities. She serves on the Leadership Team of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, and co-owns Bunchgrass Enterprises.

Mike Ogan

Loan Officer

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Mike Ogan has been in the banking and finance industry for more than thirty years, and is an experienced commercial and agricultural lender. He has lived in Baker County for most of his life, is active in youth sports and community events, and has a passion for economic growth in the region.

Erin Donovan

Fiscal Officer

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Erin moved to Wallowa County in 1990, and after living off-grid on the Zumwalt for 8 years, moving into Enterprise and raising her children while working in family advocacy and catering/restaurant cooking, decided to take a leap into the wonderful world of numbers at NEOEDD.

Chantal Ivenso

Economic Development Specialist

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Chantal holds a M.S. in physical geography, with a focus on environmental management and planning. In 2020, her passion in community development and DEI guided her to serve as a RARE-AmeriCorps participant with NEOEDD. She provided capacity by coordinating, connecting, and engaging community members to determine COVID-19 impacts and identify priority projects for recovery efforts and planning. Hired as an employee in 2021, Chantal enjoys providing resources and services to our customers and continuing recovery efforts in our region.

Board of Directors

Paul Anderes (alternate)

Donna Beverage

Lea Hoover

Bill Harvey

Patrick Lattin

Suzannah Moore-Hemann

Bruce Nichols, 2nd Vice Chair

Don Hanna

John Hillock, 1st Vice Chair

Susan Roberts

David Comfort

Matt Scarfo, Board Chair

Tim Seydel

Robert Strope

Jennifer Piper

Jerry Shaw (alternate)


Main office

101 NE First St., Suite 100

Enterprise 97828

General info: 541-426-3598

Loan officer: 541-519-7699

Satellite office, by appointment

Ignite Center for Entrepreneurship

104 Depot St.

La Grande 97850


Satellite office, by appointment

LaunchPad Baker

2019 A Main St.

Baker City  97814


Budget Documents

2020 Tax Filings – 990 Package, Schedule B

NEOEDD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.