Ethan Knight for District Attorney
A Trusted Leader for Safer Communities


Meet Ethan Knight

Working together for safer communities 

Ethan has served our community as an Assistant United States Attorney for over a decade, and previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for nearly a decade. In these roles, he’s been responsible for all aspects of prosecution and case management for a diverse range of subjects, including national security, public corruption, violent crimes, drug trafficking, and environmental crimes. Ethan has been personally recognized with some of the Justice Department's highest awards for his work handling national security cases during the Obama Administration, including by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 


During college, Ethan volunteered on John Kitzhaber’s 1994 campaign for governor and served as an intern in Congressman Peter DeFazio’s Washington, DC office. After returning from DC, Ethan continued to volunteer for Democratic candidates in Oregon and served as a Democratic Precinct Committee Person in Multnomah County. 


An active member of our community, Ethan has spent years giving back. He currently serves as President of the Oregon Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to ensuring access to justice for those without the means to hire an attorney. He served on the Governor’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, working to prevent juveniles from entering the criminal justice system. Ethan has also served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland, a program dedicated to providing a safe and positive place for all kids. He also previously coached Lincoln High School’s nationally renowned Constitutional Law Team. 

Ethan grew up in Portland, graduating from Ainsworth Elementary, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School. He received his A.B. in Political Science from Duke University, and his J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law, where he met his wife Elizabeth. They live in SW Portland and have two children in Portland Public Schools.