Cyreena Boston Ashby
Cyreena Boston Ashby’s work in the public sector spans over fifteen years. Inspired by her time as a support specialist in public schools, Cyreena went on to begin a career in politics and public affairs.
In 2008, Cyreena ran for the Oregon House of Representatives. In a three-way race, she was the youngest candidate at age 27 and the only woman and person of color, garnering the endorsements of local media, community-based groups and EMILY’s List. Professionally, Cyreena has strategized for electoral campaigns and ballot measures and conducted government relations in the areas of racial equity, marriage and LGBTQ equity, affordable housing, public education, and workers rights. Cyreena has worked for the Democratic National Committee, the Barack Obama Campaign for Change, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and she was the first director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum. Formerly, Cyreena led the Oregon Public Health Institute as its chief executive officer. She is now a principal with Hilltop Public Solutions, providing strategic solutions to non-profit organizations, political candidates and elected officials.
Cyreena has served on over two dozen boards of directors and government commissions. She is currently a board member for Northwest Health Foundation, Trillium Family Services and Health Share of Oregon. Cyreena is also an International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Fellow.