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Jenna Dorn Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

September 17, 2013


“From Corvallis to D.C.: A Proud Career in Public Service”  September 17, 2013  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Dorn recounts her childhood in eastern Oregon, her adolescence in Corvallis and her undergraduate experience at Oregon State University, including her time writing for the Daily Barometer and interning at the Corvallis Gazette-Times. She then details her lengthy career in Washington, D.C., sharing memories of important mentors including Mark Hatfield and Elizabeth Dole, and major events including her participation in Robert Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign and her response, as head of the Federal Transit Administration, to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In her recollections, Dorn also details the numerous positions that she has held both in government and in the private sector, comments on her battles against sexism, shares her philosophies of leadership and effective administration, and reflects on changes in the culture of politics within the United States.