OUR TEAM

PNWA staff are working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, but will respond to phone and email inquiries as quickly as possible.

Kristin MeiraKristin Meira, Executive Director

As PNWA’s Executive Director, Kristin Meira leads the association’s work with Congress, federal agencies and regional decision makers on transportation, trade, energy and environmental policies and projects. Kristin has been on staff with PNWA since 2002.  Kristin moved to Portland in 2000 after spending five years on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where she worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Her political experience also includes work as a legislative assistant for a N.J. State Assemblyman, briefing aide to N.J. Governor Jim Florio, and work on several campaigns around the nation. Kristin has a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Political Science/History and  English from Rutgers University. She makes her home outside Portland, Oregon

Dena Horton

Dena Horton, Government Relations Director

Dena Horton joined the PNWA team in September 2019. She brings significant federal and regional experience and a deep knowledge of the issues and projects in PNWA’s portfolio, having served as Senator Maria Cantwell’s Southwest Washington Outreach Director for over five years. Horton was also a project manager for over seven years for PNWA member Normandeau Associates, and served as a district representative for former Congressman Brian Baird for over four years. Horton earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University, and completed master’s degree coursework in Public Affairs at Washington State University – Vancouver. She is also a General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award Recipient, graduate of Leadership Clark County, and has a long record of volunteer service in her community. Horton lives in Vancouver, Wash. She enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and cooking and she is a proud cat mom and Packers fan!

Randi BesserRandi Besser, Office Manager

Randi Besser joined PNWA in January 2019. She assists the PNWA membership and staff, plans PNWA events, and manages bookkeeping. She has extensive administrative and event planning experience. Besser graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Elementary Education. She is the proud mom of two sons and makes her home in Portland, Ore.