Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer- Saundra Buchanan
Saundra Buchanan joined the Hood River County School District on August 5, 2013, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Hood River County School District. Ms. Buchanan served as Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Gorge Community College for nineteen years, providing accounting, budget, risk management and financial leadership resulting in unqualified audit opinions during her tenure and a strong financial position as the Community College sought independent accreditation. She provided effective capital projects financial management in multiple capital improvements, acquisition and expansion projects. Experienced in district debt administration, she worked with bond underwriters in 2012 to save district taxpayers of Hood River and Wasco County nearly a million dollars through a district bond refinancing over the remaining life of the bonds originally issued in 2005. Her financial administration of federal, state and local contracts provided effective financial management resulting in no audit findings. Prior to joining the College, Ms. Buchanan was the Manager of Administration and Finance with the Casey Eye Institute of the Oregon Health and Sciences University. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arkansas State University.