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The Oregon Center for Public Policy recently crunched the numbers on income inequality in our state. The Center found some eye-popping levels of inequality. The Center’s communications director, Juan Carlos Ordonez, will discuss the Center’s findings on income inequality, how inequality affects the well-being of our state and what policymakers ought to do in response to what President Obama described as “the defining challenge of our time.”

The Oregon Center for Public Policy is a highly respected non-profit, non-partisan research institute that regularly publishes its research online (https://www.ocpp.org/). It analyzes tax, budget and economic policy. The Center believes in an economically prosperous Oregon where Oregonians at all income levels have a meaningful opportunity to thrive. Its goal is to improve decision making and generate more opportunities for all Oregonians.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY:

Upon his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1995, Juan Carlos Ordonez practiced complex commercial litigation in New York City. After six years he left the law and returned to his native Guatemala, where he supported numerous civic projects, many of which focused on the sustainable development of indigenous communities. Juan Carlos has also worked as a freelance journalist for English- and Spanish-language publications. He joined the Oregon Center for Public Policy in September of 2007.