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Jan 20, 2023


The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association that oversees Bluetooth technology, appointed Alain Michaud to the board of directors . Alain, a connectivity area tech lead and senior staff software engineer at Google, will begin a two-year term as an associate member director. The Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the organization and plays a role in driving the expansion of Bluetooth technology to address the needs of a growing number of consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. Alain oversees wireless technology development for several products at Google, and has many years of experience supporting various wireless technologies on multiple operating systems, including open-source software systems. Alain is a long-time member of the Bluetooth community and contributor to the Bluetooth specification development process, namely as a Bluetooth Architecture Review Board councilor, a role he has held for over 10 years representing two member companies. The Bluetooth SIG is headquartered in Kirkland.

Schnitzer Steel Industries has been named the most sustainable company in the world by Corporate Knights, a media and research organization focused on corporate sustainability performance. The 19th annual Global 100 List of the world’s most sustainable corporations by Corporate Knights is based on a detailed assessment of 6,720 companies, each with more than $1 billion in revenue, where performance across a range of sustainability metrics is evaluated. Foundational to Schnitzer’s success is the company’s sustainability framework, established nearly a decade ago, which centers around people, planet, and profit. Since setting sustainability goals in 2019 in accordance with this framework, the company has met or exceeded many of its targets and established new goals. In December 2022, the Schnitzer released its fiscal 2022 Sustainability Report, Recycled Metals for a Low-Carbon Future, which highlights the company’s role in the transition to a low-carbon future by supplying recycled metals that are critical to the production of more sustainable products, including those associated with global decarbonization efforts. Schnitzer Steel Industries manufactures and exports recycled metal products, and has operating facilities in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The company began operations in 1906 in Portland.

Bellevue-based DreamBox Learning, a dual-discipline education technology provider, announced Candice Faktor is joining its board of directors. Faktor is the co-CEO and co-founder of Disco, a venture backed all-in-one learning community platform. Prior to launching Disco, Faktor helped scale Wattpad to over 80 million users before it was acquired by Naver for $660 million. She’s also a venture partner at Lobby Capital and a frequent speaker on the future of learning, innovation, and thriving in uncertainty. DreamBox Learning provides schools adaptive learning solutions designed to accelerate student growth. DreamBox supports 400,000 educators and approximately 6 million students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.

Jan 19, 2023


Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Trang Lam, the director of the Camas Parks and Recreation Department, to the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. Lam is believed to be the first Vietnamese woman to serve on the board in its nearly 60-year history. The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board awards about $200 million in grants every two years to local governments, tribes, nonprofits and state and federal agencies to create outdoor recreation opportunities, such as parks and trails. The board also awards grants to conserve the state’s natural resource heritage by protecting working farms and forests and wildlife habitat, including places inhabited by plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Lam has more than 15 years of experience in the public sector. In 2006, Lam began working for the Portland Development Commission, mostly focusing on neighborhood redevelopment, engaging historically underserved populations and businesses owned by people of color and managing high-profile real estate transactions, economic development initiatives and public-private partnership programs. In 2016, Lam went to work for the city of Portland, where she served as both the property and business development manager and then the Parks and Recreation Bureau deputy director. In 2019 she moved to the University of Portland as associate vice president for land use and planning. She became the Camas parks director in 2021. Lam’s term will run through Dec. 31, 2025.

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