Director - Business and Social Equity
John Jackley is the Director of Business and Social Equity at the Portland Development Commission in Portland, Oregon, where he oversees outreach and communication to a wide variety of diverse audiences including citizens, contractors, businesses minority chambers of commerce, community leaders and organizations, and stakeholders.
At the Portland Development Commission, John is responsible for maximizing financial resources in the city’s urban renewal areas and for achieving social equity in its investments; directing communications and public outreach; diversity in contracting and workforce; administration of the Board of Commissioners, and other political and policy issues. He previously served as Executive Officer at the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he helped create the $100 million ConnectOregon multimodal transportation program, supervised the $471 million per biennium local government construction program, and led the agency’s minority contracting and workforce initiatives. He previously served as senior legislative assistant in the Oregon Senate Democratic Caucus office and was an elected member of the West Linn, Oregon City Council.
Before moving to Oregon, John worked as press secretary and political advisor to members of the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. His first book, Hill Rat: Blowing the Lid Off Congress, was a Washington Post and national bestseller about Congress, and was followed by Below The Beltway, a top-selling account of Washington, DC’s political culture in the Clinton years. John has provided political commentary on the Today Show, ABC News Nightline, C-NBC, CSPAN, Fox Morning News, and Inside Edition, where he also worked as a consulting producer. His commentary and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Associated Press, the Economist, and many others. He previously worked for the Council of the Americas and in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Panama.
John graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and received the Certificate of Public Management from the Atkinson School of Business at Willamette University in Oregon.