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We’re Announcing the Retirement of our President & CEO Michael Alexander

Michael will remain as president of the Portland Urban League until April 30, 2015 or until his successor can be found.

Michael Alexander

June 25, 2014 – (Portland, OR.) The Portland Urban League and Michael Alexander today jointly announced his plans for retirement at the Urban League’s Annual Meeting. Alexander’s targeted retirement date is April 30, 2015. He will remain as president and participate in the process while the Urban League Board searches for his replacement. He has given the board this extended notice to ensure a thoughtful and thorough search process.

“My early professional path was made possible by the guidance I received from the Urban League in New York City and I could think of no better place to spend the final contributing years of my work life. This has been a wonderful experience for me,” said Alexander. “I will turn 65 this November and have long believed that this would be an appropriate time to end my professional career.”

Alexander has led work over the past two years that has positioned the organization back on the same solid financial, programmatic and management footing that it has occupied for many of the 68 years it has served this community.

“On behalf of the board and staff at the Urban League, we are grateful for Michael’s service to the League. His leadership has been transformative for the league and put us on a path for success in the future,” said Lolenzo Poe, Chair of the Board of Directors for Portland Urban League. “We are pleased that he will be a part of our efforts to identify the next CEO of the organization and we look forward to the time when we can thank Michael for his service and his leadership. For now, we agree with his assessment that there is still much to be done and he and the staff remain focused and committed to carry this work forward.”

The search process for the new President will begin later in the summer. In the meantime, nothing will change in the current day to day operations of the Urban League.