Southern Willamette Valley
Julie Jones Manning is a communications professional with additional expertise in marketing, public relations and resource development. Most recently, Julie was Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Community Health Promotion at Samaritan Health Services, a Corvallis-based regional health system comprising hospitals, medical clinics and health plans serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. She retired from Samaritan in 2022 after 37 years with the organization.
While at Samaritan, Julie also completed a four-year term as Mayor of Corvallis, concluding her service in December 2014. During her tenure, she received the Leadership Award of Merit from the Oregon Mayors’ Association. She also served on the boards of the League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and as a founding board member of Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network) in support of small business development and entrepreneurship in the region.
Prior to joining Samaritan in 1985, Julie served as a high school and college instructor in journalism and mass media, as a daily newspaper reporter, and as Assistant Press Secretary to former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh.
Julie received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and a master’s degree in Print Journalism from Boston University. She earned national accreditation in public relations (APR) and national certification as a fundraising executive (CFRE). Julie is an active community volunteer. In addition to serving as an at-large trustee on the OSU Board of Trustees, she serves on the board of the Benton Community Foundation. She is also a member of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Leadership Council for the Southern Willamette Region. Julie was named Corvallis’s Junior First Citizen in 1997 and Corvallis’s First Citizen in 2005.