In 2020, Katie Fast returned to her alma mater to serve as executive director of government relations, where she works with state legislators, the Governor's Office, state agencies, local governments, and Oregon’s educational infrastructure.
Katie, a graduate of the College of Agriculture, has extensive experience in political advocacy and natural resource policy. She has served as executive director of Oregonians for Food & Shelter and vice president of public policy for the Oregon Farm Bureau. In these roles, she lead coalitions to pass hallmark legislation including new state funding and bonding packages, renewable energy programs and statewide agricultural policy. Due to these accomplishments, Katie has been awarded CropLife America’s Urbanowski Grassroots Award, OSU College of Agriculture’s Luminary Award and Oregon Farm Bureau’s President’s Award.
Katie has a passion for promoting Oregon agriculture and growing Oregon’s next leaders. She currently serves on the board of directors of OSU Alumni Association and REAL Oregon, a leadership development program for natural resource professionals.
Katie along with her husband and two children live on a farm in Perrydale, Oregon, where they raise a variety of seed crops.
Gabrielle Serra joined Oregon State University’s Government Relations team in Fall of 2014 to serve as Director of Federal Affairs. In her role, Gabrielle works with the Administration and federal agencies, federal legislators, as well as national partner organizations. Her focus is to engage federal policy makers and program officials on issues and opportunities important to the success and potential of OSU and our community, including priorities ranging from student access, fundamental and applied research, to outreach and extension.
Gabrielle brings more than a decade of experience working with the Federal government in Washington, DC. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she served for nearly 7 years in several capacities related to federal food and nutrition policy. She focused primarily on child nutrition program and policy development. Her tenure with USDA culminated in year assignment serving as a policy advisor and special assistant to the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services with responsibilities related to administering the 15 federal nutrition programs and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, as well as engaging with the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Gabrielle then went to the House of Representatives where she served for the 111th Congress as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. During this time, Gabrielle oversaw the development and enactment of comprehensive legislation authorizing the federal child nutrition programs. And, after leaving the Hill, Gabrielle oversaw federal government relations for a national non-profit organization focused on public health.
Originally from Florence, Oregon, Gabrielle graduated from OSU in 2003 with a degree in public health. She holds a master’s degree in food policy and economics from Tufts University, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Claire McMorris has been with the Government Relations Office since 2017 and is a graduate of the University Honors College at Oregon State with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in music and Spanish. Among her accomplishments as a student include her service as the Governor-appointed university student member of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission; a congressional internship with US Representative Suzanne Bonamici in Washington, DC; and her leadership of OSU’s Student Incidental Fee Committee. She also served as a student worker in OSU’s Government Relations office. Her capstone thesis, which was awarded the Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science and the UHC Outstanding Thesis Award examined how policy narratives influenced voter perspectives and outcomes of Oregon Measure 97.
Claire works with the Government Relations team to carry out university legislative priorities. This includes helping the university maintain relationships with state higher education stakeholders, managing specific policy and advocacy portfolios, identifying and tracking state and federal policy issues that may affect higher education and a wide range of OSU programs or constituents, and coordinating advocacy efforts.
A native of Corvallis, Claire is a lifelong Beaver fan and a dedicated classical musician. She is a founding member and flutist of the Willamette Winds woodwind quintet and a frequent performer with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony.