Main Street Alliance of Oregon is proud to announce we have finalized our State Director candidate reviews and have selected Khanh Le to lead the statewide coalition of over 3,000 small business owners.
Khanh brings a wealth of experience in state and local government, having served as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Oregon Office of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). While with AFSCME, he developed, established, and led the organization's first community relations program. Under his leadership, the group successfully built broad-based coalitions to advance economic justice, and equity development and workforce equity policies.
Prior to returning to Portland and assuming his role with AFSCME, Khanh served on the D.C. staff of U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) and worked on various national and state-level campaigns.
He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University. With loyalties to both the Ducks and the Beavers, Khahn finds himself torn each November as his two alma maters compete for the Platypus Trophy.
With several small business owners in his family, Khanh has experienced and witnessed firsthand the challenges small businesses face on a daily basis, as well as the countless contributions they make to their community. He looks forward to interacting with the Oregon Executive Committee and our membership and using his experience to interact with lawmakers and advance public policies important to Oregon’s small business community.
“We are excited to welcome Khanh to our team and hit the ground running together. There is no better time than Small Business Week to bolster the Main Street Alliance team and lift up the voices of Oregon’s small business community. Khanh’s experience will help us build on the work of our coalitions and weigh in on important public policy,” says Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland and Main Street Alliance Executive Committee member.
“With Khanh at the helm, our coalition of over 3,000 business owners is poised for growth and expansion into additional regions of the state. As our organization's numbers increase, so too will our influence on state and local government and our ability to stand up for Oregon’s small and independently owned businesses,” says Mark Kellenbeck, owner of Brain Joy in Medford and Main Street Alliance of Oregon Co-Chair.