The Oregon Community Foundation Announces New President

11/15/2011 Press Release

November 15, 2011

Portland, OR -- The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), Oregon’s largest foundation with more than $1 billion and 1,700 funds under management, has announced the appointment of Max Williams as president. Williams was selected from more than 120 applicants during a nationwide search conducted by the Foundation’s board. He will assume the new position on February 1, 2012.

A native Oregonian who was born and raised in Bend, Williams has a prominent record of service to the state. He is currently the director of one of Oregon’s largest public agencies, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), where he has served since being appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2004. Williams’ background includes a distinguished career in the Oregon Legislature where he represented Tigard for three terms, and a 12-year career as an attorney with Miller Nash, LLP. He has a long history of volunteerism and service on various nonprofit boards.

“We are delighted that Max has accepted the position,” said Eric Parsons, Board Chair at OCF. “The entire board feels that his skills as a leader, manager and strategic thinker will help OCF move the state forward. I look forward to working with Max and the OCF staff to make this transition seamless.”

“OCF plays an incredible role in helping improve the lives of Oregonians through philanthropy,” said Williams. “I’m excited to apply my experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to the challenges that Oregon faces today and in the future.”

At DOC, Williams built a reputation for his success in leading, representing and managing a highly complex organization. This work also gave him opportunities to strengthen his statewide networks in the private, nonprofit and government sectors.

“As Director at DOC, Max has seen firsthand the impact of community issues on future outcomes here in Oregon,” said Kay Toran, President and CEO of Volunteers of America and OCF board member. “Max has demonstrated a deep understanding of the role of volunteerism, community engagement, interventions and innovations for at-risk populations in improving the lives of Oregonians.”

Greg Chaillé, OCF’s current president, is retiring after more than 31 years at the Foundation, 24 of them as president. Under Chaillé’s leadership, OCF grew to become the sixth largest community foundation in the United States, with more than $1 billion in assets. Chaillé will remain at OCF as a strategic advisor to the board and to the new president.