David V. Yaden, was appointed to the Oregon State Board of David YadenHigher Education in September 2008 and is the current Board Chair. A resident of Lake Oswego, Yaden is retired, doing volunteer work, occasional consulting, and some writing. He is on the board and was chair of Sightline Institute, a regional sustainability think tank based in Seattle. In recent years he has done volunteer work as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children; done consulting work for Metro and on tax reform and school finance; and is currently chair of the Metro Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails.

Previously, Yaden was executive director of policy and planning at Tri-Met from 1995 to 1997 where he was responsible for policy planning and financing of light rail projects, implementation of strategic plans, and for government and public affairs. He was an independent public policy consultant and international environmental advisor from 1991 to 1995. Yaden served as director of the Oregon Department of Energy from 1987 to 1991; and from 1981 to 1987 worked in various management capacities for Nerco, Inc. He also served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, as chief-of-staff to a U.S. Congressman, and worked in journalism, his own public opinion research firm and in other local government positions from 1967 to 1981.

Yaden received a B.A. in Political Science from Portland State University and did graduate work in government at Claremont Graduate School.

Chair Yaden's term expires in 2016.

Committees: Governance & Policy Committee, Academic Strategies Committee, and delegation to the OHSU Board.