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Ted Abram – Executive Director

Ted Abram has been executive director of the American Institute for Full Employment since 1990. During his tenure, Mr. Abram has traveled the country advocating welfare reform. Testifying before many state assemblies and meeting with key political officials, he has helped implement elements of the Full Employment Program in 14 states.

Prior to joining the American Institute, Mr. Abram served 16 years as a Circuit Court Judge for the State of Oregon. He spent ten years as Presiding Circuit Judge for Klamath and Lake Counties and served on the Commission for Judicial Fitness for six years.

Mr. Abram has served as a board of director for a number of organizations, including the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Tech Foundation, Oregon Advocates for the Arts, Klamath & Lake County Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services, Klamath Alcohol and Drug Abuse, United Good Neighbors, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Mr. Abram earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon and completed graduate work in economics in Stockholm, Sweden, before receiving his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Mr. Abram also spent two years in Guatemala and Liberia while he worked in the U.S. Peace Corps.

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