Commissioner Martha Schrader

Martha Schrader was elected Clackamas County Commissioner in the May 2012 primary. She previously served on the commission from 2003 to 2009 (Chair from 2005 to 2007). Martha represented Oregon’s 20th District as state senator from 2009 to 2011.

Martha Schrader

Martha Schrader

Current term: 2017–2020
Previous terms: 2013–2017


  • promoting county and regional economic development
  • increasing prosperity for rural communities
  • supporting local agriculture
  • raising awareness for homeless veterans
  • addressing regional housing with a specific focus on veterans


  • Convening the Oregon Solutions “Clackamas Foodsystem ONEStop”, a virtual resource hub for regional agriculture producers
  • Supporting the Clackamas Workforce Partnership to gain national recognition through the National Association of Counties
  • Representing the county on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project in the effort to provide public access to a national treasure and create the infrastructure for hundreds of future jobs

Committees and membership

  • Chair of NACo’s Economic Development Subcommittee to the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee
  • Member of NACo’s Rural Action Caucus
  • Member of NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee
  • Second Vice President on the Association of Oregon Counties Executive Board
  • Co-Chair of Association of Oregon Counties’ Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Chair of Association of Oregon Counties’ International Trade Committee
  • Member of Association of Oregon Counties’ Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Co-Chair of Association of Oregon Counties’ Housing Subcommittee
  • Member of the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee
  • Liaison to County Tourism, Culture and Arts


Before entering office, Martha was an entomologist, a school teacher and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce. She is the proud mother of five children and two grandchildren. In her free time, Martha enjoys kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls.

Martha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a Master's degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in education from Portland State University. She is also a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.