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About Bruce

Bruce Abernethy moved to Bend in 1992 and has been active in a wide range of organizations and causes including serving on the Board of the Bend-La Pine School District, the Bend Park and Recreation District, and the Bend City Council (where he served as Mayor of Bend for two years in 2007-08 and signed the Mayor’s Climate Agreement during his tenure). He will step down from the Bend City Council at the end of 2020.

Bruce has been a strong champion for affordable housing and the homeless during his time both inside and outside of government. He is a former Chair of the local Homeless Leadership Council; he helped start the Meth Action Coalition in 2004; and in 2010, he drafted the regional 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. In 2006, he was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Health Services Commission, and he served on the Central Oregon Health Council – Community Advisory Council. Bruce also served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend where he remains active.

Bruce presently serves on the Board of Central Oregon Community College and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.