BETSY HARTLEY received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with concentrations in communications and agri-business. Even as a third generation Californian, she will tell you that she has visited every state in the United States and chose to make Oregon her home. She has lived in Oregon for more than 10 years.
Betsy worked at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase Maryland for three years shortly after graduating from Cal Poly. She picked up and moved to Washington D. C. without having ever visited, simply for the adventure of learning a new town and meeting new friends. She helped to hire and manage interns for the 4-H based leadership programs that were designed and delivered by the National 4-H Council. She also served as the Program Coordinator for the Citizenship Washington D. C. Focus program.
Betsy spent close to 10 years working for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation in California, Oregon and the Western United States. She worked in many capacities, but the focus of her work was on volunteer development, fundraising and developing and delivering training for new staff.
Betsy assumed the role of Director of External Relations and Marketing for the College of Agricultural Sciences in February 2005. She works in a variety of ways with stakeholders, alumni, students, faculty and friends. No two days are ever the same, which is just fine by her! Betsy works with departments on developing marketing materials, supporting alumni activities and focuses on positioning the College and the Experiment Stations to connect with external audiences in new and meaningful ways. She also works to support the E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Board and its officers. E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni is a volunteer group that began in 1967 and continues to promote the work of the College. They use their endowment earnings each year to support student clubs and activities.
Betsy's main volunteer passion is working with the Oregon FFA Association and its core of hard working high school agriculture teachers and student leaders. Betsy lives on the family farm and helps her dad with their growing Hazelnut orchard operation. She enjoys trail running, cycling, traveling and meeting new people. She is passionate about anything related to agriculture - especially helping people understand where their food comes from and how hard those in food-related businesses work to keep our food supply healthy and abundant.