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Rick Mogren
Rick Mogren

Senior Fellow, Center for Public Service

Adjunct Associate Professor




Dr. Mogren serves as a senior fellow of Portland State University’s Center for Public Service and adjunct associate professor of public administration. He teaches graduate-level courses in Columbia River Basin Governance and Organizational Theory.

Rick’s professional career is a mix of practical experience as a consultant and Army engineer officer and academic study. His academic interest focuses on inter-jurisdictional 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, retiring with the rank of Colonel. 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. 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. 

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. 

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.