Board of Directors 2023

William B. Conerly, Ph.D. – Chair

Mr. Conerly is an economist and owner of Conerly Consulting, LLC. He lives in Lake Oswego.

Gilion Dumas – Vice Chair

Ms. Dumas is an attorney at Dumas & Vaughn. She resides in NE Portland.

Ruppert Reinstadler – Secretary

Mr. Reinstadler recently retired as Vice President of Employee Benefits at Coordinated Resources Group in Portland, a division of HUB International Northwest. He is a Trustee of The Challenge Foundation, a family trust interested in school choice.

William Udy – Treasurer

Mr. Udy was a financial analyst with NW Natural Gas for 35 years and is now retired. He lives in Camas, Washington.

John A. Charles, Jr. – President & CEO

Mr. Charles has worked for Cascade Policy Institute since 1997 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2004. He is a resident of Tigard.

Katie Eyre

Ms. Eyre, a Certified Public Accountant, is a Tax Partner at Fordham & Co LLP in Hillsboro. She is a former Oregon state legislator and served on the Hillsboro Planning Commission for more than ten years.

Manuel Castañeda

Mr. Castañeda is founder and owner of PLI Systems, an Oregon-based soil and foundation stabilization company. He lives in Aloha.

Peter Wendel

Mr. Wendel is a retired nonprofit executive search consultant and former chief financial officer for a high tech public relations and advertising firm in Portland. He also spent about nine years at Intel Corporation in various finance and marketing rolls. He lives in Washington County.