James E. Green, a veteran lawyer, lobbyist and member of the Salem-Keizer School Board, will join the Oregon School Boards Association as its deputy executive director, the OSBA announced on Monday, Feb. 27.
"We’re excited and proud to welcome Jim to our team," said OSBA interim executive director Betsy Miller-Jones. "He brings stature, experience and proven ability to the job. I know he will strengthen our ongoing effort to reshape and enhance OSBA’s leadership role in the education community."
Green is a member of the Salem law firm Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C., where he works in government relations. A past chair of the budget committee of the Salem-Keizer School District, he has lobbied successfully for many causes that are important to education, including a law that requires all school employees who have direct, unsupervised contact with students to undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks.
"It’s a real plus to have a serving school board member in our senior staff leadership," Miller-Jones said, who herself is a former school board member. "Jim will bring that firsthand perspective to the job. He knows the issues and the challenges our members face every day. He will use that knowledge to help us respond to our members’ needs."
Jim Green is no stranger to OSBA. From March 1992 to July 2007 he worked on the association’s legislative and public affairs team. He also has staff experience in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Green received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.