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Chair and Professor at Southwestern Oregon College

A "re-homesteader," Christina Alexander has lived in Oregon most of her life, settling in Coos County in 1974 to family land, where she lives today. An active community and Democratic campaign volunteer and supporter, Christina serves on the Oregon Coast Community Action board and provides training for the Women's Safety and Resource Center. She previously served with both the Pacific Child Center and the Coos Head Cooperative Food Store.

Teresa is the oldest daughter of immigrant farm workers, sharing many summers working alongside her parents in the berry fields of Oregon. The family moved here from Mexico to create a better life – and the sacrifices of her parents made that possible.
Moving to Oregon set in motion many opportunities for Teresa and her siblings. While her parents never have the opportunity to get a formal education, Teresa and her siblings all earned college degrees.

In 2005, Teresa Baldwin and her children settled in Portland after having lived in the United Kingdom since 1988. Currently an instructor in Clackamas County teaching GED and vocational training to adults receiving assistance from the Department of Human Services, Teresa is deeply committed to education. Her background includes work as a special needs teacher and coordinator, education policy development and as commentator for the BBC.

Elizabeth Ballard, a 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, is an experienced prosecutor who has handled a wide range of cases from property crime to aggravated murder. A prosecutor since 2002, she was elected Morrow County District Attorney in 2006. She currently works for the Oregon Department of Justice Medicaid Fraud Unit.

A strong advocate for women’s rights, Jodi is the Board President of the Friends of the Oregon Commission for Women and recently brought together a dozen organizations to found the Oregon Women’s Equality Coalition. The desire to serve in public office has been a long time dream, beginning at the age of 7 when Jodi launched her first campaign while on vacation and secured votes from random strangers to help elect her to the U.S. Presidency. Jodi holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.

Educator & President of the North Clackamas Education Association

Deborah Barnes is an educator, wife, mother, and grandmother, and is a past councilor of the Milwaukie City Council. She also is a former news reporter who gave up a successful career in broadcasting and now teaches high school students the art of broadcasting and digital media in the North Clackamas School District. She is president of the North Clackamas Education Association.

Former Bend City Councilor

An over achiever and perfectionist, Jodie Barram wants to do it all. Married with two children, she balances family life, part time work, and civic leadership. Jodie is engaged in her children’s school and activities. Working as an educational assistant provides her the flexibility to be involved in her community.
Jodie served 6 years on the Bend City Council, with 4 as Mayor Pro Tem.

Lacey is a vibrant Gen Y’er who listened to her mom and went to college, applying her degrees in both Political Science and Organizational Leadership in positions as a Beaverton City Councilor, Program Director for Virginia Garcia’s School Based Health Clinics, and a Board Member for HomePlate Youth Services.
As an Army combat veteran, Lacey knows how to instill life skills combined with tough athletic training as a college lacrosse coach.

Tami grew up in Idaho and moved to Oregon in 2004 after finishing law school in Michigan. She and her husband have a blended family with four young adults and is on her way to becoming an “empty nester.” She is a bankruptcy lawyer in North East Portland and loves to pursue her two favorite crash helmet activities of downhill skiing and dirt bike riding as often as possible. When not wearing a crash helmet she has fun digging in her yard and playing with the family dog.

For the last 15 years, Salem has been home to Sheronne after having served in the U.S. Navy for just as long. She currently works worked for the Oregon Secretary of State managing performance audits of state agencies and identifying ways in which they can better accomplish their mission and manage programs more efficiently and effectively.
Sheronne has always been active in her community and for that reason, was chosen to fill a vacancy on the Salem City Council.

A Portland native working to keep the region environmentally and economically sustainable, Katy is interested in serving as a Metro councilor, combining her passion for the environment, transportation and service to the community. A mother of two, Katy is a co-owner of EcoTech, an energy efficiency and indoor air health company.
Katy is also a leader in involving the community and businesses in regional decisions, specializing in port and economic development and transportation.

Maria Caballero Rubio has lived in Oregon since 1969 when her farm-worker family moved here from California. From a young age she became involved in social justice, political activism, and volunteering. She has a background in employment and training, criminal justice, and organizational development. Recent experience includes five years with the U.S. Department of Justice and policy advisor for Portland Mayor Tom Potter.
Maria is passionate about transparency, access, and continuous improvement in government.

After serving in the military and graduating with her B.A. from Purdue University, Shelly moved to Portland in 1991 to attend Lewis and Clark’s Graduate School in Counseling Psychology. She obtained her Master’s degree and worked as a psychotherapist predominately serving high risk children and their families. In 2002, she became a real estate professional earning her Principal Broker’s license. Shelly was appointed by Governor Kitzhaberthe to the Juvenile Psychiatric Security Review Board and was elected as Chair. She is also a member of Basic Right's Oregon PAC Board.

I have a vision of a future that engages women, families, and communities of color on a deeper level - that includes their voices and experience at the decision-making table. I believe Emerge will help set the foundation in this community for woman of all walks of life, to bring their expertise, wisdom, intelligence, resources, and talent forward for the greater good. As a long time civil servant, I want to continue to honor, reflect, and advocate for the needs of communities who have not always experienced justice and equity.

Attorney, M. Childs Law Office

Marisha Childs is not a “native” Oregonian but she has been an Oregonian longer than she hasn’t.  Having attended virtually all facets of her educational career from elementary school through Juris Doctor.  After experiencing Klamath Falls and Oregon Institute of Technology, Marisha graduated with a degree in Medical Imaging Technology and worked as a radiographer for many years in various hospitals and clinics.

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Chelsea moved to Eugene in 2009 to study economics and public administration at the University of Oregon. She and her husband quickly fell in love with the city because of its vibrant, active community and sought ways to get involved. Chelsea serves on the city’s Budget Committee, Library Advisory Board, and the Harlow Neighbors Board. When she’s not volunteering, Chelsea is at work as a Research Analyst for the Oregon Department of Education.

Shannon grew up in a proud military family and served as a Department of Defense civil servant for over 20 years. These days, her feet are firmly planted in Oregon, living in the community of Independence with her husband Derron and their dogs, Hazelnut and Nutella, and cats, Gracie and Baci.
Shannon is the Chair of the Women's Caucus for the Democratic Party of Oregon. Her 2017 goal for the Caucus is to mobilize its membership to preserve and protect women's rights in Oregon during President Trump's reign.

Kristin is an attorney in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Portland office and focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies and resolving trademark-related disputes. She maintains an active pro bono practice that includes areas such as homelessness, domestic violence and eviction defense. Prior to her law career, Kristin held various executive positions in the non-profit sector and local government. Kristin lives in Southwest Portland with her supportive husband, two spirited children and loyal Labrador.

Metro Regional Government Councilor

Currently campaigning for a seat on Metro Council, Shirley Craddick serves as a Gresham City Councilor where she was sworn into office in 2005. Her goal, and passion, is to create thriving communities in East County with great neighborhoods, sustainable business and employment opportunities, and successful schools.Shirley is a retired Registered Dietitian and health researcher at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research.

Beth Crane thinks of herself as a change agent, working to increase equality and justice for women, people of color, the LGBT community and other marginalized communities. She currently serves as the Director of Operations in the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center, working towards realizing the triple aim: better care, lower costs and improved health for Oregonians. Beth is the Chair of the Board of Directors of ROSE Community Development Corp. She raised two children as a single mother and now cares for an elderly parent.

Maya is an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon where she coordinates its pro bono initiatives. She is passionate about providing access to the justice system for vulnerable Oregonians, and believes that government has a duty to care for the least, the last, and the lost among us. 
Maya got her undergraduate degree at Antioch College and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

For more than 20 years, Louise Currin worked in public schools. Now that she is retired, Louise stays involved by serving as president of AFT-Oregon's retiree chapter and second vice-chair of the Washington County Democratic Party.
She also was a long time volunteer for several organizations in various capacities, including holding leadership positions.

Tualatin City Council

Joelle is a devoted wife and mother of two teenage daughters, runs a growing small business and serves as Co-Executive Director of the fourth largest state employee union, the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE). A longtime resident and active community member in Tualatin, Oregon, Joelle was elected in November 2008 to the City Council. She also serves on the board of the Human Rights Council of Washington County.
Joelle's political activism began during her tenure with a statewide migrant head start program.

Quality Assurance Auditor, Appeals and Hearings Representative, State of Oregon, Office of Private Health Partnerships

A native Oregonian, Wanda was born in Toledo and joined the Navy out of high school. She spent eight years in the southeast before moving back to Oregon to raise her son and daughter. 
Wanda has worked in various private sector industries including an Oregon snowboard manufacturer. She currently works as a Hearing Representative for the State of Oregon. Her husband, Michael, is a newspaper reporter. The couple lives in Dallas with their Dachshund, Bob.

Salem City Council

Diana’s foray into public service began when she and her family moved into a neighborhood with an undeveloped park.  Not one to sit on the sidelines, her efforts to get the park developed soon led an understanding of broader issues in her community and to a seat on the Salem City Council where she has served since 2009. Diana has a degree in education from Western Oregon University, has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and currently works as a public health educator. She is a wife and mom to two amazing young adult sons.

Andrea has over 20 years campaign and advocacy experience. Currently, she is Executive Director of the Oregon Environmental Council, which for several years has been named the #1 nonprofit to work for by Oregon Business Magazine. Before moving to Oregon, Andrea worked as a consultant in Belgium and then in Washington, DC for twelve years on environmental policy. She’s won numerous awards, including one of Portland’s 50 most influential people by Portland Monthly magazine and recognized as one of Portland’s ‘Fabulous Under 40’ leaders in 2010.

Homeless Programs Manager, Portland Housing Bureau

Sally Erickson manages the City's investments in ending homelessness, building innovative partnerships among public and private entities. She leads a team that is supporting the work of A Home for Everyone, our community's plan to end homelessness. Sally is a passionate advocate for affordable housing and services for those with disabilities, particularly those with mental illnesses. In her former role as Executive Director of the Council for the Homeless in Vancouver, Washington (1999-2004), Sally led the community's efforts to increase affordable housing.

After growing up in Michigan, spending her coming of age years in New York City and attaining her MPA in the bay area of San Francisco, Melissa decide to set her roots down in Oregon in 2007 – and cites that as one of her best decisions.
Melissa has spent twenty years working on social justice and human rights issues. Her focus has been to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. Currently, she is executive director of Clackamas Women’s Services.

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