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Norm offers strategic communications counsel on large, complex infrastructure and economic development projects that involve multiple jurisdictions, logistical challenges and big price tags. He joined CFM in 1999 as a partner after playing various leadership roles at the former Oregon Graduate Institute, including successful advocacy for state funding. Norm cut his public policy teeth working for Multnomah County Executive Don Clark. A native Portlander, he earned degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Portland State University before earning his PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, when he became a relentlessly disappointed Cubs fan. In 1994, Norm won a Fulbright Fellowship that enabled he and his wife to spend six months in Seoul, South Korea and eventually author a book about Korean environmental policies. He was a faculty member from 1983-2019 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Norm served two terms as president of the Westside Economic Alliance and chairs the board of the Wind & Oar Boat School, a reflection of his keen interest in sailing. [Secret ambition: To crew a sailboat in the Transpacific Race to Hawaii]