Jim Carlson

Board Member

Jim Carlson has served in the healthcare industry for more than two decades. Jim has worked closely with local, state, and federal policymakers; advocates; businesses; and coalitions to enhance quality care and services in Oregon. With more than 25 years of experience in health policy and association management, Jim is widely recognized as one of the leading long-term care and health policy resources in Oregon.


During his career, he served as CEO of the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA) from 1997 to 2020. He ​continues to be engaged with OHCA as a strategic advisor and serves on Arete Livings Advisory Board.


Before first joining OHCA as director of government affairs in 1994, Jim served as associate director of government affairs for the Oregon Medical Association. He began his career as a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a past member of the boards of directors of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and is a past-president of the American Society of Health Care Association Executives (ASHCAE).