Dean Gisvold is CCC’s third board chair and has served as chair since 1987. A senior partner with the McEwen Gisvold law firm, Dean has over 40 years of professional expertise in real estate law and is a member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He has helped guide Central City Concern through many housing development projects, expansion of services and organizational improvements.
Dean is also a founding board member of the statewide Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, a past president of the Irvington Community Association (ICA) as well as current board member, past chair of the Portland Public School Board, past chair of the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board and past chair of the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee, nationally recognized with the Rudy Bruner Award for excellence in urban planning. Dean was also honored with the George A. Russill Community Service Award in 1990. Dean and his wife Susan were early advocates for improving childbirth education and allowing fathers in delivery rooms; they were also active leaders in a variety of parent organizations supporting local schools.
In 1968, Dean was elected to the Model Cities board, where he worked on school and neighborhood issues. He is presently on the Rose Quarter Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In a 1985 address to a graduation class, Dean shared a favorite quote from Harry Truman with students: “My father used to say that a man ought to leave the world a little better than it was when he came into it, and if that can be said about me, I guess you’ll have to say I lived a successful life.”