We recently announced the addition of four new board members to our organization. “We are excited to welcome these committed, talented board members to the Urban League,” said Michael Alexander, CEO of the Urban League of Portland. “Our board is critical to the success of our organization and to our mission of helping the African American community achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.” The new members were formally voted in on Sept. 19 and assumed their official positions on Oct. 17. They are:
Bruce M. Watts, who retired in 2011 after serving 11 years as Tri-Met’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Workforce Manager. In 2002 TriMet created a new Diversity and Transit Equity Department within the Office of the General Manager and promoted Mr. Watts to head the new department as Senior Director. Under his direction, the Diversity and Transit Equity Department was made responsible for implementing and monitoring agency diversity initiatives. Prior to joining TriMet, Mr. Watts was executive director of the Coalition of Black Men for 12 years, managing outreach programs and developing avenues to further social and economic change for African-American and broader communities. Watts now provides independent consulting on the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Angela Dowling, Vice President of Sales for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, who comes to the league with extensive senior sales abilities and strong leadership skills. Ms. Dowling came to Regence with a rich senior sales leadership background, most recently with Payne Financial Group, Inc. where she served as Chief Revenue Officer. Before her 10 years with Payne Financial, Ms. Dowling held the positions of Strategic Sales Director at United Health Care in New York City, Business Development Officer at Hewitt Associates in New York City, and Vice President of Marketing at Aetna Health Plans in Philadelphia.
Carla L. Kelley, who is part of the business group handling government and regulatory issues at Miller Nash, has advised local government agencies on issues related to law governing public business development and financing. Over the past 10 years, Carla served as general counsel for the Port of Portland. In this role, she managed the organization’s 15-person in-house legal division, providing full-service legal advice to the Port’s business lines. Carla was a member of the Port’s director group and served as adviser to the Port Commission on legal matters. She provided legal management on a wide range of issues, from Port governance and contamination liability to complex real estate transactions and municipal bond issuance. Prior to the Port of Portland Carla served as deputy general counsel at NW Natural for 13 years.
Kevin E. Church, Director of Operations, Portland Division UPS, who brings more than 28 years’ experience in business operations and performance management. Kevin Church began his UPS career in 1985, and brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of operational excellence. Kevin is a recognized leader for safety, service and performance improvements within his organization, and has won multiple awards for his efforts. Kevin is well known throughout the UPS company as an expert in turning around struggling divisions.