Corvallis, OR

  • Community and civic leader
  • Public education partner and advocate
  • Marketing and public relations executive

 

Since 1985, Julie Manning has served as the Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations, and Community Health Promotion for Samaritan Health Services, a regional health system based in Corvallis, Oregon.

In additional to her responsibilities at Samaritan Health, she served as Mayor of the City of Corvallis from 2011 to 2014, receiving the Leadership Award of Merit from the Oregon Mayors’ Association in 2014. During her tenure as Mayor, Ms. Manning was appointed by former Governor John Kitzhaber as co-convener for establishing RAIN (Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network), which fosters technology-based companies and jobs in the Southern Willamette Valley. She served on the RAIN board of directors as well as on the boards of the League of Oregon Cities and the Cascades West Council of Governments.

Prior to joining Samaritan Health, Ms. Manning served as a high school and college instructor in journalism and mass media, as a daily newspaper reporter, and as Assistant Press Secretary to former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh.

Ms. Manning is co-chair of the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, one of 16 Hubs in Oregon that are focused on making early learning resources and supports more available, accessible, and effective for children and families that have historically been over-represented in the opportunity gap and under-represented in achievement. She is also a board member of Oregon Humanities (formerly Oregon Council for the Humanities), the Oregon Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and the Benton Community Foundation. She serves on Oregon Community Foundation’s Leadership Council for the Southern Willamette Valley. She is past co-chair of Benton County’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and past board chair of E3: Employers for Education Excellence. She is past president of the Corvallis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis, and United Way of Benton County. She was named Corvallis’ Junior First Citizen in 1997 and Corvallis’ First Citizen in 2005.

Ms. Manning earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lewis & Clark College and a master’s degree in Print Journalism at Boston University. She holds national accreditation in public relations (APR) and national certification as a fundraising executive (CFRE).