City Club's new executive director
City Club’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the hiring of Julia Meier as our new executive director. After an expansive search that included reviewing dozens of highly qualified applicants, we chose Meier for her strong local non-profit leadership experience and her proven ability to bring together diverse communities to move Portland and all of Oregon forward.
During the interview process, it became more and more clear that Julia has the skills and experience to lead City Club in new directions as we build on our rich, 100-year history. We all know that our city is changing and it is essential that City Club has a strong leader who can ensure we continue to produce timely, influential public policy research and convene civic conversations that engage audiences in issues of significance, prominence, urgency and humanity.
Many of you likely already know Julia from her prior role of leading the Coalition of Communities of Color for the past eight years. Under her leadership, the Coalition grew from an $85,000 budget to a more than $1 million organization with a statewide reputation as a leader in racial justice. Julia will bring extensive ties and experience to Portland’s communities of color that will help City Club continue to increase its engagement with all Portlanders.
Julia is a University of Oregon graduate who also has a law degree from Harvard Law School.
She will ramp up her role over the next few months to allow for a smooth transition from Coalition of Communities of Color to City Club, and she will begin working full-time at City Club in June.
I’d like to extend a special thank you to the Search Committee for their thoughtful and careful consideration of the candidates. The committee was led by Felisa Hagins and the members included: Abby Coppock, Amy Harris, Bobbie Regan, Caitlin Baggott, David Thompson, Elisa Dozono, Greg Wallinger, Jesse Beason, John Horvik, Sel Nutor and Zeke Smith.
Thank you for supporting City Club,