Board of Trustees

A major feature of the Metropolitan Public Defender is its independently appointed Board of Trustees. The Board hires the Executive Director, reviews the policies and operations of MPD and reviews the actions of the Executive Director. Presently, there are seven board members who are appointed; one each by the Presiding Officer in each county (Multnomah and Washington); one by the President of the State Bar; one by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court; and three at large by the other board members.

The board actively supports the public defender program by consulting with the Executive and County Directors on a variety of issues, including the direction and level of services provided.

The board reviews the financial operations of the office through the approval of the annual budgets and by review of an annual outside audit. The board meets periodically with leaders in the criminal justice system in each county in order to determine problem areas and to evaluate the overall operation of the office. The bylaws of MPD set out the function, duties and selection of board members in full.

Furthermore, the board takes an active role in the political representation of the office.

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Effective January, 2018

Ellen Johnson, Chair
Oregon Law Center
230 NE 2nd Ave Ste F
Hillsboro, OR 97214
Appointed by Washington County Commissioners
Fax: 503-640-9634

Prof. Susan F. Mandiberg
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
Attorney, Prof. Lewis & Clark Law School
Appointed by Board Members
Fax: 503-768-6671

Douglas Morris
Miller Nash Graham and Dunn, LLP
3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2533

Roberta Phillip-Robbins, JD
Appointed by Multnomah County Commissioners

Representative Mitch Greenlick
Oregon House of Representatives (D, HD33)
Appointed by Board Members

Whitney Boise
Attorney at Law
Ransom Blackman, LLP
1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1400
Portland, OR 97204
Appointed by Oregon State Bar

Dr. Thuy Tran
Rose City Vision Care
4526 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
Appointed by Board Members

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