Who Am I? 5

Ocean Lover: Favorite family memories include adventures to beaches around the world. “Our family would haul this ginormous mesh bag of snorkel gear everywhere we went,” Anderson says.

Traveler: While born in Northern California, Anderson moved to Tehran, Iran with his family in first grade and visited 48 countries before the age of 12. The experience instilled a sense of wanderlust. Anderson’s favorite destinations combine the ocean and the exotic, with Sri Lanka and Iceland topping his list.

Competitor: Anderson has always enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of sports, competing in cycling, running and CrossFit. “I’m always looking for a new way to be competitive and push myself physically,” he says. “Now that I’m 50, the challenge is real.”

Father/Son/Brother: Family is central to Anderson’s heart. His sons are close to their maternalgrandparents, who operate a ranch in Tumalo, and their paternal grandparents, who live in Seattle. Anderson remains close to his brothers, Scott and Brian. Anderson’s current joy and challenge is blending his family with the family of his partner Christy Hicks, a local business women with three kids of her own.

Child Advocate: Anderson has served on the board of directors of Growing Tree Children’s Center and Central Oregon Court Appointed Special Advocates. He was appointed by former governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Child Care Commission. “I made a promise to myself as a child that when I grew up I would not let kids be mistreated,” he says. “To this day, I remember that promise.”

Attorney: Anderson received his law degree from the University of Oregon after studying economics and English literature at UC Berkeley. After law school, he clerked for the United States District Court in Eugene before moving to Bend. His law practice focuses on general civil litigation, business transactions, and dispute resolution. PRAAttorney.com