Meet Xan

A lifelong Northwesterner

Xan has lived in Oregon for more than 25 years. Before earning a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University, she attended Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington (Economics, Marine Policy).

Xan moved to Corvallis to deepen her understanding of the ways in which land-use management affects fisheries, and focused her research on comparative approaches to salmon management across the North Pacific. Her academic work led directly to a position with Wild Salmon Center, an international conservation organization based in Portland. Xan served as the second-in-command as the organization grew rapidly from three to 33 staff, sharing responsibility for all facets of organizational management, including infrastructure, hiring and finances.

As her only son reached school age, Xan chose to leave international conservation in favor of local work, taking the helm of Marys River Watershed Council. She continued to hone her organizational and problem-solving skills, while becoming familiar with the people, issues and landscapes of the Marys River and Benton County. In 2016, Xan left her conservation career to run for Benton County Commissioner, because she thought community members might welcome her values: diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, transparency, and sustainability.

Xan Augerot - Benton County Commissioner

There is Still More to Do

While we cannot lose sight of our long-term goals, Xan’s focus is currently on COVID-19:

  • Xan believes that we need leaders who will listen to our public health experts and implement policies to stop the transmission of COVID-19, while supporting our struggling community members and businesses
    • She advocated for a new building for the community health clinic at Lincoln School; the new facility will double the healthcare capacity for children and adults in South Corvallis and Benton County
      • She will continue to argue for healthcare policies and infrastructure that provide equitable access to high quality care
    • Xan believes that we must take a phased approach to reopening our economy, based on testing data and new outbreak tracking
      • She supports creation of a local loan program to aid our small businesses until they receive federal assistance
  • Xan maintains that local government must also protect our most vulnerable community members in this time of crisis
    • She initiated a regular meeting with Emergency Operations Center staff, to ensure that our homeless have options for sheltering in place and personal hygiene
    • Corvallis now has increased port-a-potty and hand-washing station access

Vote for Xan, because community is the answer in times of crisis; together, we can build a better Benton County.

Accomplishments

Prioritizing the residents of Benton County.

Helped form the Home, Opportunity, Planning and Equity (HOPE) Board so that everyone has the opportunity to live in decent, safe, and affordable housing.
When climate data demonstrated the urgency of our climate crisis, Xan asked the county to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction goals to achieve net zero by 2050.
Xan is leading a team to develop better criminal justice facilities and improved mental health resources.
Changed the county culture to increase collaboration and communication within and between departments to provide more efficient and effective services to you.
Xan Augerot Volunteers