Cyreena Boston Ashby
Cyreena has served in leadership roles for over a decade in Oregon nonprofit, political, health and government affairs organizations. Cyreena worked with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Governor John Kitzhaber, and most recently directed the Portland African American Leadership Forum. She is currently Oregon Public Health Institute's chief executive officer.
Cyreena has deep experience in the issues facing Oregon’s diverse communities. She's worked on social determinants of health, including affordable housing, transportation and criminal justice. From 2007 to 2010, Cyreena helped the Multnomah County Health Department launch its health equity initiative to focus energy and resources on reducing health disparities in Oregon’s most populous communities.
Cyreena lends much of her personal time to political issues involving women and people of color running for office, LGBTQ equity and reproductive justice, and has served on several boards of directors, including the Urban League of Portland and Basic Rights Oregon. She is a proud alumna of Spelman College. Cyreena and her husband, Samuel, spend their spare time with their two young daughters, Ava and Emerson.