Alley entered Oregon politics in January 2007 when he became deputy chief of staff for Governor Kulongoski, overseeing policy areas of economic development, technology, transportation, workforce training, and energy.
In January 1997 he co-founded Pixelworks, a fabless semiconductor company, where he still serves as Chairman of the Board. Prior to founding Pixelworks, Alley was Vice President at InFocus Systems and part of the executive team who lead the growth of InFocus from a $50 million company to $250 million.
Alley began his career with the Ford Motor Company, Boeing and Computervision. Alley graduated from Purdue University in May 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor Emphasis in Business.
In 2002 Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Alley chair of the inaugural Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development. Also in 2002, he accepted an appointment by President Bush to the U.S.- Japan Private Sector/Government Commission which worked to promote sustainable economic growth in both countries. And in 2006, Alley was Chairman of the Oregon Business Plan, a statewide effort to shape public policy.
Alley currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, serves as the vice-chair of the TechAmerica Oregon Council, and is the past chair of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Alley has been married to Debbie for 27 years and has three children ages 23, 20 and 16.