The Oregon Center for Public Policy, the state’s leading public policy think tank, has selected Alejandro Queral as its new Executive Director. He brings a long record of advancing economic justice and equity in Oregon through various roles in the advocacy and philanthropic community.
“I am deeply honored for the opportunity to lead the Center, an organization whose work has never been more vital,” said Queral. “I look forward to working with our talented staff, supporters, and partner organizations to advance public policies that will allow all Oregonians to thrive.”
Queral comes to the Center after serving as Director of Community Investments for United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. There, he led the organization’s research and evaluation team. He also managed United Way’s community investment team, which develops and implements the organization’s grantmaking strategy. Previously, Queral held positions at the Northwest Health Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Multnomah County Health Department, and has served as a member of the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board.
“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, the chair of OCPP’s board of directors. “With Alejandro’s leadership, the Center is well-positioned to continue to strengthen our contributions to solving Oregon’s most pressing policy issues.”
Queral follows in the footsteps of founder and long-time Executive Director Chuck Sheketoff, who stepped down from the helm of the Center in February. Queral vowed to continue the organization’s commitment to accuracy and the well-being of Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.
“Facts matter more than ever,” said Queral. “They are indispensable in ensuring that our public policies address the needs and aspirations of all Oregonians.”
Queral will take the reins of the Center on August 30, 2018.