Walton, Jon

Mr. Jon M. Walton, JD, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
Contracts Officer
Oregon Business Development Department
775 Summer St., Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280


A good chunk of Jon Walton’s higher education was devoted to environmental and natural resources policy and science, and he helped start a Pacific Northwest conservation group bringing together disparate stakeholders on win-win conservation projects. Jon spent his first five years after college as a wilderness skills instructor working with juvenile delinquent youth. Later odd jobs included FEMA-funded mental health work for victims of natural disasters, and providing leadership training to executives of major corporations. A member of his state bar for 27 years, he always intended to put his legal training toward service in the public sector, and started by working as legislative staff, and then a state agency lobbyist, at his state legislature. Someone obviously having difficulty figuring out exactly what to do when he grows up, Jon came to government procurement in 1997, working in state agencies, and has been fortunate to handle a large variety of procurements and contracting situations. Jon strives to be a champion for state procurement training and certification in Oregon, has a graduate Certificate in Public Management, is heavily involved in the NIGP Principles and Practices initiative, was Chair of the NIGP Legislative & Position Committee, and was the 2015-16 Buyer of the Year. Jon is currently serving on the NIGP Governing Board, and is an NIGP Instructor on the faculty of Introduction to Public Procurement, Developing & Managing Requests for Proposals, and Legal Aspects of Public Procurement.