2019 Hall of Fame Award
Elise McClure ‘81
Former VP of Tax and Customs, Starbucks Coffee Co.
Appropriately, Elise McClure ’81 was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame, our highest honor, at a Portland Advancing Women in Leadership event. McClure is a retired finance executive who built her career in leadership with Starbucks Corporation in Seattle. She joined Starbucks in 1992 to set up the corporate tax function. At the time, the company had 150 stores and revenue of $100 million. Over the next 17 years she built a 40-person tax and customs department which had responsibility for domestic and international income tax compliance and planning. The Starbucks Tax and Customs department was recognized within the company as a business partner to the business units and administrative departments. She retired from Starbucks in 2009 when the company had more than 16,000 stores and revenue in excess of $10 billion.
After retirement McClure moved back to Portland to be closer to family and spend more time with her daughter.
During her working career and since retiring, McClure has been active in the community, and involved for many years with Oregon State University, as an OSU Foundation Trustee, with the College of Business Dean’s Council of Excellence and the Women’s Giving Circle. As a trustee she chaired the Finance Committee and the External Relations Committee. She also shared her work experiences as a speaker to the College of Business MBA program.
McClure was a Board Member and Board treasurer of Treehouse, a non – profit organization that provides enrichment opportunities and advocates for kids in Foster Care in King County. She served as a Board Member and Board Treasurer for Lifeworks Northwest, a mental health and addiction non-profit organization in Oregon. She is also involved with Willamette University College of Law as a member of the Law Leadership Cabinet. She recently joined ARCS and is serving on the Scholar Awards Luncheon committee and as a Board Member at large.
In her spare time, McClure enjoys travel, skiing, cooking, reading and spending time with family.
McClure has an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, College of Business and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.