Portland native Duncan Campbell graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1973. He became a successful entrepreneur – the founder and chairman of The Campbell Group, a preeminent timberland investment firm.
But perhaps his greatest entrepreneurial success has been in creating new organizations that support, advocate for, invest in, and nurture Oregon’s poor and disadvantaged children and teenagers.
Campbell, a former child care worker at two of Oregon’s detention facilities for youth, was inspired by his own troubled childhood to start a unique program in the same neighborhood in which he grew up. Friends of the Children pairs seriously at-risk children with paid mentors who provide support and guidance for twelve years of each child’s life. It now has chapters in nine cities around the country.
In 2005, Campbell gave a generous gift to the law school to teach law students child advocacy skills and to make systemic legal changes that promote children’s well being.