Cyreena Boston Ashby Joins OPHI

The Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) is pleased to announce that Cyreena Boston Ashby has joined OPHI as Deputy Director. We are excited to have her leadership as she takes on responsibility for financial and operational excellence, and leading the work of a dynamic team of staff members, while being a key contact for funders and community partners.

Cyreena comes to OPHI with a dedication to public health and a deep belief in community-led solutions for a healthier future. She has served in leadership roles for over a decade in Oregon nonprofit, political, health, and government affairs organizations. Cyreena has worked with US Senator Jeff Merkley and Governor John Kitzhaber, and most recently directed the Portland African American Leadership Forum.

With deep experience in the issues facing Oregon’s diverse communities, Cyreena has 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 the North by Northeast Health Clinic. 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.

Liz Baxter Transitions from Leadership Role

While we are very excited for the new leadership coming on, this is a time of transition for Liz Baxter. Liz has led OPHI since 2013, and served on the OPHI Board for three years before that. For more than three decades, Liz has brought her leadership and expertise to issues of health equity and health policy in Oregon and beyond. Liz will continue in a consulting role with OPHI on several projects, and with other partners across the Pacific Northwest.

Baxter said, “It has been an honor to serve OPHI. The OPHI team has grown, independently and together, and has embedded equity and social justice into all aspects of the work in – and with – communities.” She went on: “While my role will change, my commitment to working with this amazing group has not.”

OPHI’s board of directors has begun its selection processfor a Chief Executive Officer. The board is excited for this team of leaders to enable OPHI to fulfill its vision of building vibrant communities of health for all Oregonians.

Please keep your eye out for a summer open house to wish Liz well on her next adventure and welcome Cyreena to OPHI. We hope you will join us!