Many Oregonians are likely to know Allen Alley either personally or politically for his “walk across Oregon” in August 2009, when he spent 36 days walking the state from East to West. It’s that kind of enthusiasm for our state’s beauty and that kind of energy and excitement about getting to know as many Oregonians as possible that make Allen Alley a unique leader for our future.
He drives a Smart Car, but he’s a staunch supporter of free market capitalism. He’s an out-and-out nerd on topics like autonomous vehicles and cyber-technology, but he’s equally interested in watching reality talent shows with his daughters. Allen even bridges the divide between Oregon’s political poles, serving as deputy chief of staff for Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2007 and now elected Chair of the Oregon Republican Party in 2011.
Allen’s broad intellectual curiosity should come as no surprise. Over 30 years, Allen has built an experience base that spans multiple disciplines from engineering to marketing, venture capital, entrepreneurship and most recently, public service.
In Allen’s first statewide race for Oregon Treasurer in 2008, he won more votes in Portland’s Multnomah County than any Republican in history (except Ronald Reagan). Building on this momentum, Allen ran in the 2010 election for Governor of Oregon.
Allen’s diverse business experience includes co-founding Pixelworks in 1997, which he grew into a global company with approximately 500 employees at offices in Portland, San Jose, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. Allen was also part of the executive team who led the growth of InFocus from a startup company to a $250 million global enterprise.
Allen has served on projects, boards and advisory groups too numerous to name, but friends and associates who serve with him will confirm that he is tireless with his time and attention to each of these efforts.
Allen and his wife Debbie celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2012. They have three grown children (four including their wonderful daughter-in-law) and two young grandchildren.