Progressive think tank selects new director
Alejandro Queral will take the helm as the director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy Aug. 30, according to an announcement from the progressive public policy think tank this week.
Queral, who will join OCPP following his current post at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, says he wants to get input from all areas of the state, not just Portland, and apply equity considerations to assess policies and their intended outcomes, he told Oregon Capital Insider.
It's also a critical time for the organization, Queral said.
"I think that (the center) is really ready to take the next step, organizationally, in its development," Queral said. "I think that we have an opportunity to really home in on a strategy that will allows us to grow as an organization and as an influencer of state policy."
"From a pool of highly qualified candidates, Alejandro impressed the Center's search committee with his varied skills, understanding of the challenges Oregon faces, and deep commitment to working collaboratively with our partners to improve the economic well-being of all Oregonians," said John Mullin, chair of the center's board of directors, in a prepared statement. "With Alejandro's leadership, the Center is well-positioned to continue to strengthen our contributions to solving Oregon's most pressing policy issues."
The center's previous pick for executive director, former Democratic state Rep. Jefferson Smith, resigned after progressive politicos expressed concerns about his treatment of women. They cited a 1993 incident in college where Smith punched a woman, according to Willamette Week. Prominent donors also wrote to the board to withdraw funding.