Pamplin Media Group – Business Leadership Change for a Better Portland


Retired State Representative Karin Powers, D-Milwaukie, will lead the transition with the founding executive director over the summer.

The leadership of Business for a Better Portland is in transition.

The organization was founded five years ago and is widely seen as a liberal alternative to the Portland Business Alliance. The board announced on June 27 the departure of founding executive director Ashley Henry. Retired State Rep. Karin Powers, D-Milwaukie, has been hired as interim executive director and will co-lead the organization through a summer-long transition period before an executive director is hired. permanent, a press release on the organization’s website said.

“I know firsthand how elected officials view the business community as innovators, allies and thought leaders in the hard work of building community. Business leaders need allies and strong relays in the work they are doing to help shape this city, and I am grateful to serve as a bridge metaphorically and in this operational transition,” Power said in a statement posted to the website.

Power is also an attorney and currently the executive director of B Local PDX, an organization of B corporations, a party she will leave.

Following Henry’s departure by the end of the summer, Power will work closely with the BBPDX Board of Directors to implement an ongoing Executive Director search that incorporates input from Partners, Members and the community.

“As a longtime public servant and community changemaker, Karin cares deeply about Portland businesses and the people who create and support them,” Henry said. “She not only brings her political prowess and business acumen to BBPDX, but also a lived commitment to fairness and a sense of urgency for the change our organization needs – and our members deserve – now more than ever. “Henry said.

The website also indicates that the organizational structure is changing. Business owners can still join as members, but others now have the option of joining a fellow BBPDX friend.

More information about BBPDX is available at

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