Former Astoria city manager heads Craft3 board

By: Edward Stratton - Nov 07, 2016
Source: Daily Astorian

Paul Benoit, a former city manager of Astoria, has been elected chairman of nonprofit lender Craft3’s board of directors.

He took over from Steve McConnell, who served in the position since 2007.

“For as long as I’ve known them, Craft3 has been an important partner in the renaissance of Astoria, including with the critical environmental cleanup of the former plywood mill site,” Benoit, the city administrator in Piedmont, California, said in a release Friday. “I’m honored and excited to become board chair as we work to finalize a new five-year strategic plan that will further increase Craft3’s impact on entrepreneurs, the environment, and communities across the Northwest.”

Benoit was community development director in Astoria from 1986 to 2003, when he originally joined Craft3’s board. In 2003, he became assistant city manager in Alameda, California. In 2005, he returned to Astoria and served as city manager for more than eight years. He has been city administrator in Piedmont since 2014.

Benoit received his bachelor’s in natural resources from the University of Rhode Island and his master’s in coastal zone management and public administration from the University of Washington.

Three other newcomers have filled vacancies on Craft3’s board, including:

  • Walt Krumbholz, market president in Northwest Oregon and southwest Washington for Northern California-based Scott Valley Bank, from Portland.
  • R. Brady Scott, CEO of southern Oregon Coast-based Tribal One Broadband Technologies, from North Bend.
  • Mark C. Stevenson, executive vice president and chief nonprofit and sustainability officer of Eugene-based Pacific Continental Bank, from Portland.

“As a career banker, I’ve admired the unique role Craft3 plays in supporting businesses, communities and the environment across the Pacific Northwest,” Krumbholz said in the release. “Having spent the last 15 years helping grow community banks, I’m excited to work on the board to help position Craft3 for future growth and increased impact.”