Meet the Project Steering Committee

From the start in October, 2015, it was clear this steering committee was something special. The group—reflecting a wide spectrum of millennials, young professionals, and vastly experienced leaders at the top of their game—brought unbounded energy, community networks and a deep devotion to making Bend the best it can be to our planning work. The credit for this weekend of events and the ongoing initiatives it launches goes in large part to this crew for their vision and wise guidance.

Seth Anderson
Seth Anderson

Seth Anderson graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University in 2002 and became licensed in 2007. His Bend-based firm, Ascent Architecture & Interiors, provides clients with a personalized, thoughtful approach to architecture. In a few short years, Ascent has quickly gained momentum, earning clients’ trust as well as recognition for design excellence. The firm has grown to a 10-person team of talented and experienced architects, design professionals, and interior designers. Seth was one of 12 recipients of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Young Architects Award. He serves on the AIA-Oregon Board of Delegates and is a director for the AIA-SW Oregon chapter. Seth believes in supporting emerging professionals, the architecture profession, and the Central Oregon community.

Joey Drucker
Joey Drucker

Ms. Drucker joined City Club as Executive Director in December 2012. Joey’s first career was that of IT Director and Associate for Psomas, a multi-office civil engineering and surveying firm, where she worked for over 20 years. On moving to Central Oregon, Joey took the opportunity for a career change and entered into the world of marketing. Her knowledge of technology blended with her passion for helping businesses grow was a perfect fit and she has been a successful consultant ever since. Joey brings these skills to City Club along with her love of the community and her drive for engaged citizenry.

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Susanna Julber

Bio coming soon!

Kim Gammond

As the Communications and Public Affairs Director for the Central Oregon Association of REALORS®, Kim manages the organization’s internal and external marketing, public relations, events and political action committee. She holds a M.S. in Communications from Purdue University and a B.A from the University of Oregon in History and Political Science. Kim serves as the President of the Central Oregon Ducks Alumni Chapter, on the board of the Children’s Museum of Central Oregon, on the community integration advisory committee for OSU-Cascades and on the Bend Livability Project steering committee. Prior to her current role she spent 10 years in non-profit fundraising and owned an event marketing/management company. Kim enjoys traveling, spending time RVing with her husband and dog, reading, driving German cars and drinking good wine. As a fifth generation Bendite, she believes we have the opportunity to shape the future of Bend if the community is willing to lead.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross

Richard N. Ross, AICP, chairs the Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee, Cascades East Transit. He has 30 years experience in managing community planning and developing multi-modal transportation systems in Oregon. Richard chairs the Policy Subcommittee of the Oregon Chapter, American Planning Assn. He, his wife Barb, and border collie Rim live in a 1919 home close to Downtown Bend.

Sara Q. Thompson
Sara Q. Thompson

Sara Thompson is the Librarian for OSU-Cascades and has lived in Bend for four years. Her passions include sustainable transit, eco-friendly gardening, and upcycled sewing. Coming from an Air Force family that moved around a lot, she is happy to be putting down roots in Central Oregon and excited to see where Bend’s future can go.

DeeDee Thompson

As the Family Services Manager with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity since September of 2010, DeeDee has worked with families, community resource agencies and program mentors. In her role she serves to guide the family selection process (from financial underwriting to home visits to program selection), and education of families on successful homeownership. She also enjoys the Global Village International build trips with Habitat (who wouldn’t!)


Judy Watts

Judy Watts is the Outreach and Engagement Administrator for Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council where she promotes Cascades East Transit service throughout Central Oregon. Judy is a graduate from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and enjoys walking, biking, and taking transit.

Westin Webre
Westin Webre

Westin is proud to be a true Bendite, born and raised! Passionate about serving his community and helping others, Westin has been involved in an array of volunteer activities aimed at serving the aging population, as well as the Central Oregon community at large. Westin’s resume includes serving as an administrator for Evergreen In-Home Care Services, as well as many volunteer positions throughout the years including Partners In Care’s HosPet pet therapy program, Volunteers In Medicine, Bend Fire Department’s Safety Outreach for Seniors program and his most recent volunteer venture and community organizing effort, Age-Friendly Bend. Westin receive his Bachelor Degree in Management of Aging Services and Psychology for Southern Oregon University. In his free time, you can find Westin hiking, fishing, snowboarding and generally enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Central Oregon.

What is the Bend Livability Project?

The Bend Livability Project is a large-scale conference and ongoing civic engagement initiative designed to educate, empower and engage the Bend community to harness and shape the dramatic growth we will experience in the coming years. With 30,000 more residents expected to live here by 2030, so much of our next chapter is unscripted—it’s up to us to define it together.

Partly a celebration of our character and partly a massive townhall meeting, the Project weekend will drive diverse populations in Bend to learn about and participate in shaping Bend’s future through three days of lectures, panels, workshops, lms, parties, public art projects, walking tours and events. Bendites of all ages and backgrounds will be invited to make a personal commitment to ensuring the future livability of Bend and then have the chance to plug their energy directly into projects that will transform their hopes for the future into reality.


Teach residents about the livability issues most affecting the future of our city and the opportunities and challenges they present.


Show Bendites what role and authority they have in proactively and constructively shaping our future.


Plug residents into new and existing projects and strategy building-groups so they may directly influence outcomes for our city.

Leading the Project

Bend 2030 is working with a team of more than a dozen community partners to organize this event. Here are the partners currently on our planning team:

  • Age-Friendly Bend
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planners Association
  • Astir Agency
  • Base Camp Studio
  • Bend 2030
  • Bend Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • BendFilm
  • Bend Park and Recreation District
  • Central Oregon Association of Realtors
  • City Club of Central Oregon
  • City of Bend
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
  • High Desert Mural Festival
  • Makers District
  • OSU-Cascades
  • Scalehouse
  • Central Oregon Community College