13 Commissioners, 6 Staff Members
The Gorge Commission has 13 members: the governors of Oregon and Washington each appoint three members, one of whom must be a resident of the National Scenic Area; the six Gorge counties each appoint one member; and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appoints one non-voting member who must be from the U.S. Forest Service. The Commission’s leadership include a Chair and Vice-Chair.
A professional staff provides support for the Commission and handles the day-to-day business of the Commission from its in White Salmon, Washington. Current Commission staff include an executive director, general counsel, land use planners, and administrative analyst.
The Gorge Commission and staff partner with the U.S. Forest Service, the states of Oregon and Washington, the six Gorge counties, and the four tribal national with treaty rights on the Columbia River. This partnership works with nearly 100 other governments and non-governmental entities.