Bruce Abernethy moved to Bend in the Spring of 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 presently serves on the Board of Central Oregon Community College.
He 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, helped start the Meth Action Coalition in 2004, and in 2010, 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 has been on a number of Central Oregon Health Council committees and advisory boards. He is currently active in Rotary Club of Greater Bend serving as both their Interact Club Advisor and Youth Exchange Officer.