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Instructor: Dr. Eric T. (Rick) Mogren

Eric T. (Rick) Mogren, PhD, PE

Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Portland State University

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Center for Public Service (CPS)


CPS Leader Development Program: Fundamentals of Columbia Basin Governance

PA 533: Public Policy

PA 544: Administrative Theory and Behavior


Rick is a proud “pracademic.” His professional career is a mix of practical experience as an Army engineer officer and consultant. His academic interest focuses on interjurisdictional governance in the Pacific Northwest. He is particularly interested in the way institutional culture and identity combine with personal values to shape the structure and products of regional governance networks.

Rick completed a 27-year career as an Army engineer officer in June 2001. His final assignment was to serve as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for the Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern Division, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. In addition to supervising the administrative staff, he provided oversight of the Corps hydropower and salmon recovery programs in the Pacific Northwest and managed relationships with regional Indian tribal governments and federal agencies.

One of the lessons he took away from this experience was that solutions to the complex natural resource policy issues in the Northwest rarely fall within the jurisdiction of any one agency or level of government. Rather, they require a coordinated network of government, non-profit, and private entities working together to craft mutually acceptable plans and actions.

In November 2003, he began consulting on Columbia Basin issues and formally established his own consulting practice in January 2004. He offers process management and facilitative leadership to multi-jurisdictional networks engaged in natural resource related issues.

In 2013, he expanded his consulting portfolio by undertaking projects for the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government’s Center for Public Service.


Rick holds a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy from Portland State University; a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin; a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York; and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Syracuse University.