Katie Fast - CAS Distinguished Alumni Luminary Award

Katie is vice president for public policy for the Oregon Farm Bureau. She plays a critical role in Oregon legislative sessions, communicating the value of the statewide public services at Oregon State University (OSU). Beyond this, Katie promotes legislative initiatives across a broad span of natural resource issues. Katie is an excellent source of information for CAS administrators during and between legislative sessions. This is of extreme importance in planning legislative strategy.  One example is her leadership in implementation of policy is Oregon Senate Bill 1010 program for agricultural water quality. Another is leading passage of a bill for funding in our college for research and extension around bee colony collapse.

Katie’s contributions to service are outstanding for an early career professional. She is the current President of the E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Board. One of the most influential stakeholder groups for the College and a strong source of support for our students. She is also a frequent mentor for our students pursuing experiential learning as Oregon Farm Bureau governmental affairs interns (six completions to date). Katie consistently promotes the College with legislative and industry groups, much to our benefit.

Katie graduated from OSU in 1998 with a major in Animal Sciences and a minor in Agricultural Business Management. She first worked for the Oregon Cattlemen Association and joined Oregon Farm Bureau in 2003.

Katie received the College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Alumni Luminary Award.