Jack Liang Joins CWS as Chief Strategy Officer

October 11, 2021

Jack Liang is joining Clean Water Services as the chief strategy officer in October 2021. He served as the chief financial officer and director of support services for Washington County the past three years, and in various financial and technology leadership roles at the City of Portland for seven years. Liang is CWS’ first chief strategy officer.

“I am excited to join Clean Water Services and work alongside an excellent team of colleagues,” Liang said. “I hope to help ensure CWS remains sustainable and innovative into the future, so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community of protecting public health through clean water, safeguarding the Tualatin River Watershed’s health and vitality, and contributing to the economic success of our region.”

Liang will lead the development and deployment of integrated and cohesive business strategy as well as investment strategy, with an initial portfolio that includes CWS’ financial strategy group and the research and innovation group, which includes digital solutions, business strategy and performance systems, ripl (Research+Innovation+Partners+Labs), environmental modeling, the genetics lab, and research and development. Liang will also integrate the investment and operational strategies of CWS’ entrepreneurial entities: the Clean Water Insurance Company and the Clean Water Institute.

“In this era of unprecedented challenge and opportunity, we are so fortunate that Jack is joining the CWS team,” said CEO Diane Taniguchi-Dennis. “He has a proven ability to create and deploy strategy in key areas, including finance, technology and innovation. This expertise, combined with his familiarity with the region, will help CWS be the resilient, smart, cost-effective and nimble organization our growing region need us to be.”

Liang brings 10 years of public sector experience in the Portland area and a variety of experience in the private sector. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University. Born in China and an Oregonian since 2001, Liang enjoys the great outdoors as well as singing and playing guitar in an amateur group that performs at local Chinese cultural events.



Julie Cortez
Public Affairs Specialist - Content & Media
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