About Brett

Brett Hyland grew up in Southwest Portland, the youngest brother and son in a family of four active siblings and two loving parents, where he attended Raleigh Hills Elementary, Bridlemile K-8 and Wilson High School.

Brett’s father, a graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School and the University of Oregon, and an Air Force veteran, was a career executive in the insurance industry who later worked in the lumber industry, while Brett’s mother was a career supervisor — and one of the first women — on the floor of one of the world’s largest commercial truck manufacturing plants. 

Both of Brett’s parents were active members of the local community, with each respectively having served in various volunteer leadership roles for organizations such as Kiwanis, Little League, PTA and Neighborhood House. Brett and his family attended St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 


Brett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he also was co-captain of the school's baseball team. 

Over the past 30 years, Brett has held regional and national leadership roles in institutional investment marketing and investor relations for financial institutions. Brett also recently raised equity capital for a startup software company in the Portland area which now employs over 100 people and is led by a woman chief executive officer. 

Brett’s devotion to the Oregon community is centered on his passion for reading and writing, the advancement of which he believes offers one of the widest paths to a life, not only of learning and education, but also of equality. 

As such, for over 20 years Brett has served in a number of volunteer leadership positions for the Library Foundation, Inc., including trustee, treasurer, and co-chair of the children’s annual summer reading program fundraiser in addition to his activities as a member of the investment committee. 

For the past 18 years, Brett has also been a member and a past president of the Oregon Forum, Inc., a small organization of civic-minded leaders, which seeks to inform and educate its membership about important issues within Oregon through regular meetings with community, government, non-profit, business and industry leaders.

First and foremost, Brett is the proud and contented father of a son who graduated from Lincoln High School and who is now enrolled in his senior year at the University of Oregon.