About Martha

Before entering office, Martha was an entomologist, a school teacher and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce. She is the proud mother of five children and one grandchild. In her free time, Martha enjoys kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls.

Martha Schrader was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in May 2012 and was appointed vice chair of the board in 2014. She previously served as Commissioner from 2003 to 2009 and was Commission Chair from 2005 to 2007. Martha represented District 20 as a State Senator from 2009 to 2011.

Martha holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a Master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in education from Portland State University. She is also a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

Martha Portrait 

Martha’s priorities: 

  • Promoting county and regional economic development
  • Increasing prosperity for rural communities
  • Supporting local agriculture
  • Veterans issues, especially veteran homelessness


Martha serves on the following:

  • Subcommittee Chair of NACo’s Economic Development on the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee
  • Member of NACo’s Rural Action Caucus
  • Member of NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee
  • Association of Oregon Counties, Vice Chair of Community and Economic Development Committee and member of the Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Regional Solutions Advisory Committee
  • Association of O&C Counties, Board member
  • Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
  • Tourism, Arts, and Culture Liaison


Martha’s recent accomplishments in office include:

  • Convening the Oregon Solutions “Clackamas Food System ONEStop,” a digital resource hub for regional agriculture producers.
  • Supporting Clackamas Workforce Partners to gain national recognition through the National Association of Counties.
  • Representing Clackamas County on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project in the effort to provide public access to a national treasure and create the infrastructure for hundreds of future jobs.