District staff and Board of Directors are happy to welcome Nathan Tucker as the District’s new fiscal administrator. Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University and comes to us from the Oregon Health & Sciences University Foundation in Portland.
Before moving to Oregon, Tucker spent 10 years working as the fiscal systems administrator for North Coast Opportunities, a Ukiah, California-based community action agency. There, Tucker oversaw accounting and data management systems and managed a $20 million budget.
“I’m comfortable with regulations and rules, ” says Tucker, “but I like to approach every project with creative thinking .” He lists among his strengths assessing risk and creating and maintaining transparency. “My super power is my ability to tie together disparate parts and make unrelated ideas and programs part of a successful working whole,” he says.
Tucker joined District staff in September 2016 and is quickly gaining an understanding of the District’s finances, as well as its values and programs. He successfully took the District through it’s annual audit and has been evaluating processes and systems in order to streamline and update District operations.
He is excited to see how the District is able to benefit both the environment and the citizens who live within Clackamas County. “I’m working on building models for existing and future loan programs, ” he notes, “and I think our upcoming septic loan program is going to have a significant impact on our community.”
Tucker also shares that he’s very interested in developing more integration and communication between fiscal administration and project planning to better support District planners and their on-the-ground projects. He stated, “I want to do what I can to take pressure off of staff to help them be more efficient in their jobs.”
Tucker says he’s always been good at numbers and at “fitting the pieces together.” “I’m an adventurer at heart,” he says. “I love new experiences, whether starting a new business or exploring outdoors.”
He likes to study people, both to learn what motivates them and how to inspire and help them. “Before I went to college, I worked as a contractor with Pacific Gas and Electric helping people navigate a low income energy assistance program. I also worked with the California Department of Forestry as a fire fighter for two years,” he shares. “Just about everything I enjoy involves problem solving, people skills, anticipating trends and conflicts, and helping people gain access to resources.”
Tucker is excited by the opportunity to engage in many diverse projects at the District. He believes his broad skill set will enable him to contribute in a meaningful way. “I was attracted to the District because of the positive impact it has on the community,” he says.
We are happy to have him on our team!