Skip to the main content of the page

 Newsroom Detail


Salem, OR—Governor Brown today announced the appointment of Joseph O'Leary as Director of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) , pending Senate confirmation. O'Leary has served as acting director since Sept. 2017, and will continue leading the agency with a focus on protecting public safety, reducing recidivism, and supporting post-supervision success of Oregon youth.

"Joe O'Leary brings to the Oregon Youth Authority the experience and proven leadership well-suited to lead the agency and ensure Oregon youth are supported in leading successful, productive lives following supervision," said Governor Brown. "I appreciate Joe's commitment to improving outcomes and helping give youth a new vision for their lives in Oregon."

Prior to joining OYA, O'Leary served as general counsel and senior policy advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski and was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Oregon Legislature. He received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his juris doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1997, and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.



Chris Pair
Bryan Hockaday
Kate Kondayen
Improving Government
Prisons & Inmates