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Phil Keisling

Director, Center for Public Service

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Portland State University




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.