Jay Waldron began his involvement in the sport of rugby in 1968 while attending the University of Virginia. He played for the Cavaliers for seven years, eventually captaining the side. He was also selected to various Potomac Rugby Football Union and Eastern Rugby Union representative sides and was also a member of the Eastern Rugby Union’s Board of Directors from 1971-74.
Upon graduating with a J.D. from UVA in 1974, Waldron moved to Portland, OR where he joined the Portland Rugby Football Club. During his nearly decade long playing career in Portland, Mr. Waldron represented the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Coast President’s select sides on numerous occasions.
Once his playing days were over, he turned his attention to coaching. He coached the Portland RFC from 1981-88 while also coaching the Pacific Northwest representative teams. Mr. Waldron also coached the Pacific Coast Junior Grizzlies and was an assistant coach for the Pacific Coast Senior team from 1987-92. He was a rugby broadcaster for PSN and Fox from 1986-93 and was the Commissioner for rugby for the Nike World Masters Games in 1998.
Waldron has been on the United States Rugby Football Foundation Board since 1988 and was inducted to the US Rugby Hall of Fame in 2017. Waldron has been an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, since 1975, specializing in environmental and energy law, and trial practice. He served on the Board of Bar Examiners for the Oregon State Bar from 1982-1985 and the Board of Directors for the Oregon Law Foundation from 1995-1999. He won the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award for pro bono activities in 1991, was Founder of the East County Legal Clinic and has made several appearances before the United States Supreme Court. Waldron has also won and collected a $108 million dollar arbitration award.
Waldron was on the Port of Portland Commission from 1999 to 2006, serving as president from 2002 until 2006. He was on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Health Sciences University from 2007 to 2015, including as president in 2014 and 2015. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College since 2010.He sat on the North Clackamas School Board from 1989-93 and was Chairman of the North Clackamas Education Foundation from 1994-99. He was also Chairman of the Clackamas County Planning Commission in 1983 and the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies from 1999-2000. Mr. Waldron was also host of an Oregon Public Broadcasting Television program called “At Issue” from 1989-1991.