Kathy Watson appointed to Oregon Travel Information Council
Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Kathy M. Watson to represent the Second Congressional District. Watson is an accomplished communications and public relations professional and served for several years as press secretary for Oregon’s Senate Majority Office. Her prior employment with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries as well as the Oregon Economic Development Department endowed Watson with a broad view on fostering jobs and economic prosperity within communities across the state.
Watson is a professional chef and owner of Nora’s Table, a Hood River restaurant that uses sustainably produced and locally sourced ingredients.
“As a restaurant owner in a community that is very dependent on tourism, I get to talk to a lot of people who are visiting Oregon, many for the first time,” said Watson. “I know how important it is to be good guides and hosts to our visitors, and I think our rest areas can play a critical role in introducing people to the Oregon story.”
In addition to her duties on the OTIC, Watson is currently a board member of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and served for five years as an elected Port of Hood River Commissioner.
Gwenn Baldwin, chair of the OTIC, extended a warm welcome to Watson. “I am delighted that Kathy Watson has joined the Council,” said Baldwin. “As an active community advisor and business owner, Kathy is able to have daily conversations with both visitors and local residents. Her relationship with I-84 travelers from Hood River to Ontario will be invaluable to us as we move forward with our rest area strategic plan.”
Oregon Travel Experience CEO Kyle Walker said that she looks forward to working with Watson. “Kathy Watson is going to offer a vibrant and unique viewpoint to the Council,” said Walker. “Her appointment came at exactly the right moment. As OTE expands its relationship with Eastern Oregon and smaller communities along I-84, her perspective is critical to advancing our mission.”