Brent Canode has worked as Executive Director of the Alano Club of Portland for the past decade, growing the organization into the largest non-clinical recovery support center in the United States. The Club serves as a national model for a modern, multi-dimensional recovery community organization, applying the latest evidence-based supports within a community center service delivery environment, which includes mutual aid pathways, peer support services with Certified Recovery Mentors, yoga and meditation classes, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Relapse Prevention training, health and wellness seminars, exercise-based recovery groups, advocacy projects and more.
Brent’s impact on the recovery landscape extends to the national level, where he holds leadership positions with the organizations Facing Addiction, Faces and Voices of Recovery, and the Association of Recovery Community Organizations. Brent has been recognized nationally for his advocacy work by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Institute For Recovery Advocacy, #Voices Project and Viacom’s Here to Listen Campaign. In 2015, Brent served as Oregon Organizer for the UNITE to Face Addiction rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the largest recovery rally in the history of the United States. Brent was also in Philadelphia as an Organizer of the first Caucus For Addiction Solutions at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
In Oregon, Brent has been a visible champion for recovery as Commissioner to the Governor’s Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, Co-Founder of Oregon Recovers, the first coalition in Oregon uniting people in recovery, treatment professionals and healthcare systems to reform Oregon’s fractured addiction support system and Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals and business leaders committed to launching a “gold standard” recovery high school for students impacted by substance use disorders.
Prior to working in the recovery field, Brent held senior positions with nonprofits, public agencies and elected officials from City Hall to the U.S. Senate. Brent has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from University of Oregon, where he held a competitive Teaching Fellowship in the Graduate School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Brent’s proudest accomplishment is simply being an individual in long-term recovery.