Columbia Gorge Educational Council

The Columbia Gorge Education Council is a group of citizens, representing all facets of our community, interested in directing the future of education in our county, particularly post-secondary education.

Our mission is to identify, implement and oversee access to education and workforce training for Hood River and Wasco County residents.

Attend a meeting

We meet every other month to discuss ideas and ways to identify, implement and promote post-secondary education. We all believe the future of our community and economy will be affected by the education of our citizens.

Anyone is welcome to attend.


  • Brian Greene- Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Brian Tuck- OSU Extension Regional Administrator
  • Candy Armstrong- North Wasco County School District
  • Carrie Pipinich-Gorge Technology Alliance/MCEDD
  • Dani Annala- Open Campus Coordinator Hood River
  • Dr. Kevin McCabe- Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Fritz Ellett- Farm Bureau/Small Business Dvelopment Council
  • Hood River County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jessica Mette- Gorge Technology Alliance/MCEDD
  • Jose Sandoval- Oregon Human Development Corporation
  • Karen Neitzel- Hood River County School District High School Principal
  • Lynette Black- Open Campus Coordinator Wasco
  • Maija Yasui- Hood River County Commission on Families and Children
  • Mary Kramer- Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Maui Meyer- Hood River County Comissioner
  • Ryan Wraught- South Wasco County School District
  • Suzanne Burd- Columbia Gorge Community College
  • The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce