Board of Directors Selects New Members and New President

The ECA Board of Directors recently named Jon Anderson as president of the board of directors for 2016. Anderson is publisher and president of Random Lengths, a publication that covers the wood products industry. He was a competitive distance runner from 1966-1984, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1972, and he won the Boston Marathon in 1973. He recently completed ten years of service on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees.

“This is going to be an important year for ECA,” Anderson said. “We will begin designing the new Civic Park, a place that will give kids and families a needed place to play a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. And we will begin in earnest the task of raising money to build it. There is a lot of work ahead of us this year, but I think the whole of ECA is prepared and excited and looking forward to it.”

The board also appointed new members, Dr. Nancy Golden and Jordan Kent. Golden recently retired as Chief Education Officer for the Oregon Education Investment Board, where she served from 2011 to 2015. She was Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools from 2003 to 2011, where she significantly increased student achievement and passed a $42.7 million bond levy. Golden continues to teach for the University of Oregon’s Administrative Licensure Program and she serves on a variety of local and state-level boards and committees.

Jordan Kent is the director of Jordan Kent Skills Camps and works as a sports news broadcaster for Comcast Sportsnet NW. The Kent Skills Camps is a summer program that provides children of any background or ability the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of sports, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and general speed and agility. Kent was a three-sport athlete at the University of Oregon – in football, basketball, and track. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks and played wide receiver for three seasons in the NFL.

We are thrilled to have these three dynamic individuals join our team. Their dedication to improving their communities and helping provide children with opportunities to live active healthy lives is perfectly in-line with ECA’s goals for Civic Park and we look forward to seeing the great ideas they will bring to the project.

To view the list of all current ECA Board of Directors members, click here.