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Clark County Business Briefing

The Columbian
Published: October 28, 2023, 5:58am
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Share welcomed two new board directors in September: Carlos Rodriguez-Vega, independent owner/operator of the Orchards Grocery Outlet, and Nolan Yalos-Gonzalez, senior project manager at Workforce Southwest Washington.

“We are honored to welcome Carlos and Nolan to Share’s board of directors,” said Amy Reynolds, executive director. “We believe their leadership skills and dedicated service will help to empower our organization as we envision a community where all people have safe and affordable housing, enough nutritious food to eat, equitable access to education, employment and health care services to enhance their quality of life and where diversity of people and ideas are respected, with equity, inclusion and dignity for all.”

Rodriguez-Vega’s career with Grocery Outlet dates to 2003 when he was the co-manager at Oregon City Grocery Outlet before moving to the Hollywood Grocery Outlet. After 12 years in management, he, along with partner Ken Cole, became an independent owner/operator of Vancouver Grocery Outlet in 2015 and then of Orchards Grocery Outlet in 2021. Rodriguez-Vega, Cole and their team have supported Share for the past eight years helping to raise more than $70,000 in financial donations and nonperishable food donations through the annual Independence from Hunger drive.

Yalos-Gonzalez has been a senior project manager at Workforce Southwest Washington since July 2022. Previous work experience includes seven years at Washington State University Vancouver as a senior manager, experiential learning and community engagement; senior manager, business growth MAP; assistance manager, Student Resource Center; and lead career counselor.

Greater Vancouver Chamber President and CEO John McDonagh was recently elected as the new chair of the board of directors for the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The association represents the leaders of local chambers of commerce groups across the state. McDonagh’s term starts this month and will run through September of next year.

McDonagh has served as president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber for seven years, making him one of the longer-serving chamber of commerce executives statewide, according to a statement from the Greater Vancouver Chamber.


The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses, as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon of the Tuesday preceding the intended Sunday publication date. Send to hope.martinez@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4540. Sales awards are not published.

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