Cyreena Boston Ashby’s work in the public sector spans nearly fifteen years. Inspired by her time as a support specialist in public schools, Cyreena went on to begin a career in politics and public affairs.
In 2008 Cyreena ran for the Oregon House of Representatives. In a three-way race, she was the youngest candidate at age 27, and the only woman and person of color, garnering the endorsements of local media and community-based groups and EMILY’s List. Professionally, Cyreena has strategized for electoral campaigns and ballot measures and conducted government relations in the areas of racial equity, marriage and LGBTQ equity, affordable housing, public education, and workers rights. Cyreena worked for the Democratic National Committee, the Barack Obama Campaign for Change, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and was the first Director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum. Cyreena lead the Oregon Public Health Institute as its Chief Executive Officer, and she is now a Principal with Hilltop Public Solutions providing strategic solutions to non-profit organizations political candidates, and elected officials.
Having charted organizations and served on over two dozen boards of directors and government commissions, Cyreena is a trustee of the Northwest Health Foundation, and a board member of Trillium Family Services, and Health Share of Oregon. Recently, Cyreena was awarded the International Women’s Forum Global Fellowship, as one of thirty-six Fellows from around the world. Cyreena and her husband Samuel reside in Portland and enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Ava and Emerson. She is a proud alumna of Spelman College.