Ms. Saathoff is NW Natural’s Senior Vice President, Regulation and General Counsel. Ms. Saathoff was appointed as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2015, and in 2016, Ms. Saathoff was appointed to oversee the Company’s regulatory matters. Ms. Saathoff had served as NW Natural’s Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary from 2008 until 2014. She also served as NW Natural’s Deputy General Counsel from 2010 to 2013, when she was appointed Vice President, Legal, Risk and Compliance.
Until accepting her position with NW Natural, Ms. Saathoff was Chief Compliance Officer for Danaher Corporation and Assistant General Counsel for Tektronix, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher. Prior to her position at Tektronix, Ms. Saathoff was General Counsel to Oregon Governor Kulongoski and his administration from 2003 through 2005, and also served as the Governor’s Business and Economic Development Advisor during that period. Ms. Saathoff has played a variety of legal roles in her career, including Senior Legal Counsel at Tektronix from 2000 through 2003, where she provided legal services to several business and operational divisions and four years with the Oregon Department of Justice, supervising the Business Transactions Section for the General Counsel Division. Ms. Saathoff began her legal career at Stoel Rives LLP, focusing her practice in corporate, securities and finance. She currently serves as Chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission and the Northwest Gas Association. Ms. Saathoff is also a member of the Portland State University Business Advisory Council. Ms. Saathoff is a past director of the Boards of Oregon Health & Science University, the Portland Center Stage, United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, and the Artists Repertory Theater. She also previously served on the Oregon Public Officials Compensation Commission. Prior to her legal career, she was a high school teacher at Sunset High School in the Beaverton School District.
Ms. Saathoff received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.