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Phil Keisling

Director, Center for Public Service

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Portland State University

503-725-8168
keisling@pdx.edu

 


Background

Phil Keisling (B.A. 1977, Yale) is the director of the Center of Public Service at Portland State University.

Keisling’s public service career includes work as a campaign aide to former Governor Tom McCall (1978); four years as a journalist for Portland’s Willamette Week (1978-81) and three years for Washington Monthly magazine based out of Washington D.C. (1982-84); and as a legislative staff assistant to then-Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz (1985-88).

In addition, he served one term in the Oregon House of Representatives (1989-91) and nearly a decade as Oregon Secretary of State (1991-99).

From 2000 to 2009 he was an Executive Vice President with CorSource Technology group, a Beaverton, OR-based software services company.

Keisling’s non-profit experience includes being a founder of several organizations including the Oregon Progress Forum; the Oregon Public Affairs Network; and Smart Grid Oregon. He has also served on the boards of the Oregon Business Association; the Software Association of Oregon; the Understanding Government Foundation; and Childswork Pre-school.