03.23.12 Knope of the Week

The votes are in and the results have been tabulated: after a week of nominations and voting by our community, ELGL is thrilled to announce the winner of the Knope of the Week! As a reminder, The Knope of the Week honors individuals or groups who have done the most in the past week to advance the mission of ELGL.

Without further ado, the winner of the 16th Knope of the Week goes to the . . . . 

Phil Keisling, Director of Portland State University Center for Public Service

Phil has been an active supporter of ELGL since its inception. Phil is the Director of the Center of Public Service at Portland State University and former Oregon Secretary of State. He was the keynote speaker at one of ELGL’s first forums in January 2011.  Most recently, he has worked with ELGL in finalizing details, including inviting esteemed members of the PSU faculty and staff, to the upcoming ELGL forum with Gov. Chris Gregoire. The meeting will be held on the PSU campus and Phil will serve as a co-moderator in interviewing Gov. Gregoire. Beyond this, Phil has promoted ELGL through the PSU Center for Public Service, communicated professional advancement opportunities on the ELGL listserve, and mentored a number of ELGL members.

ELGL is grateful for Phil’s energy in promoting local government in Oregon and is thankful for Phil’s willingness to donate his time to ELGL. His public sector career, which is difficult to match,  includes work as a campaign aide to former Governor Tom McCall (1978); six years as a journalist for Portland’s Willamette Week (1978-81) and the Washington Monthly magazine in Washington D.C. (1982-84); and as a legislative staff assistant to then-Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz (1985-88). 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) as well as service on the boards of the Oregon Business Association; the Software Association of Oregon; the Understanding Government Foundation; and Childswork Pre-school.

Previous Knope of the Week Recipients