Jason Renaud is a nonprofit consultant with over 35 years of open recovery from alcoholism. He’s a well-known public
speaker and writer on recovery from alcoholism and the experience of people with mental illness, and is an active
advocate for people who have fallen through the cracks in the public safety net.
He has been the board secretary of the Mental Health Association of Portland since 2003 and is the organization’s
voluntary managing director. He coordinates five enduring projects for the organization; the Law & Mental Health
Conference - in 2021 on Reducing the Impact of Alcohol on State and Local Governments; the Public Housing
Conference - in 2021 on Recovery Residences; the Mental Health Alliance which advises courts and government agencies on police reform; Washington Recovery Services, which owns and operates housing for women exiting homelessness and addiction; the Alternative Mobile Services Association, which connects mobile crisis service providers.
Renaud spent fifteen years as an executive team member of the national nonprofit Compassion & Choices, working on multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, successful state ballot measure, legislative, public relations and legal battles, and development of both the medical and pharmaceutical practice of assisted dying. As Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of Oregon from 2010-2013, he provided in-home patient care coordination for all of Oregon’s
assisted dying services and was at the bedside for over forty deaths.