What drives Doug? The chance to foster meaningful and lasting change and the opportunity to create an Oregon where all may reach their full potential.
Born and reared in Oregon, early on Doug felt drawn toward a life in public service, which led him to law school and a stint as a staffer in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Al Ullman, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But Oregon called him back.
He attended law school, then clerked for Presiding Federal Court District Judge Walter T. McGovern before entering private practice as a trial attorney. Looking for more psychic reward, Doug turned his gaze to Nike, where he eventually managed the global public affairs department and led the athletic wear company’s efforts to improve labor practices in the developing world. He helped establish the Nike Foundation and crafted Nike’s first corporate responsibility plan. After a decade in the private sector, Doug joined his mentor, Duncan Campbell, at Friends of the Children. Public service was the fit he’d been looking for: He landed at Meyer on April 1, 2002, the 20th anniversary of the trust’s inception.
“I was fulfilled working to improve the lives of at-risk youths, but when the phone rang from a recruiter, I felt a pull to lead the Meyer Trust, fulfilling my dreams of working toward a better, stronger and more equitable Oregon — all with the benefit of not having to run for public office! It has been, as The Oregonian reported when I joined the trust: ‘the best job in Oregon.'”
Doug sees it as an honor and privilege to work alongside committed and thoughtful staff, trustees and nonprofit partners, each of whom shares a vision for making this state shine for all.
Doug joined Meyer in 2002. He is a member of Meyer's executive team.
You can read Doug's full bio here.
Doug will be transitioning away from Meyer in 2018. Click to read a news release about his departure, read updates on the transition and the search for Meyer's next leader, and read Doug's blog post about Meyer’s first 35 years.