Ron Saxton joins Healthy Democracy Oregon's Advisory Board
We're happy to announce that Ron Saxton has joined Healthy Democracy Oregon's Advisory Board. We're all looking forward to working with Mr. Saxton as we take our next steps with the Citizens' Initiative Review. Here is some additional information about Healthy Democracy Oregon's newest advisor.
Ron is an Executive Vice-President at JELD-WEN, Oregon's second largest company and a worldwide leader in manufacturing and marketing of doors and windows. Ron’s duties include Chief Environmental Officer for the company, public policy, government relations and public affairs, legal, corporate development, risk management, employee and shareholder relations, and other areas. He also is a member of JELD-WEN’s Board of Directors and serves as Corporate Secretary.
Prior to joining JELD-WEN, Ron practiced law for over 25 years and co-founded the Ater Wynne law firm, serving as the firm’s Chair from 1990 to 2001. His practice focused on business, regulatory and energy law, with emphasis on major corporate initiatives, regulatory issues, project development, manufacturing, public-private partnerships, and counseling senior management.
Ron was the founding president of the Portland Schools Foundation, the state’s largest public education foundation, was elected to the Portland Public Schools Board in 1997, serving as chair from 1998-2000 and has served on numerous charitable and educational boards.
Ron currently serves on several business boards, including the National Association of Manufacturers, Green Building Initiative, Window and Door Manufacturers’ Association, Associated Oregon Industries and Oregon Business Council, and a variety of non-profit organizations, including Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Ron appeared on the KATU (ABC television affiliate) evening news as a political commentator, wrote a regular column for the Medford Mail Tribune, and was a lead consultant to the Chalkboard Project on education reform.
Ron was the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon.
Ron Saxton is a fourth generation Oregonian and lifelong resident of the state. Born and raised in Albany, Ron graduated from West Albany High School, Willamette University and the University of Virginia. He is married to Lynne Hume Saxton, Chief Executive Officer of Christie Care.
Ron has received a variety honors, including: Outstanding Lawyers of America, City of Portland Mayor's Award, Willamette University Distinguished Alumni, National Conference of Editorial Writers, Portland Chamber of Commerce Award for Public Service, and admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.