Announcing the Emerge Oregon Class of 2018!

Dear friends,

We are excited to announce our Emerge Oregon Class of 2018! 

It follows another year of unprecedented demand for our program. Over 120 women started the application process, 62 were interviewed and because the decision was so tough and the women so inspiring, we’ve decided to accept a greater number of women in our core program than we ever have before!

The 30 women listed below will offer a diverse set of personal experiences and professional backgrounds to elected office. 40% are women of color and 70% of them are from outside of Portland. We invite you to meet them next month!

Olivia Alcaire, Hillsboro
Cari Boyd, Gleneden Beach
Cynthia Castro, SW Portland
Sophorn Cheang, Happy Valley
Nafisa Fai, Beaverton
Lisa Fragala, Eugene
N. Janine Gates, NE Portland
Samira Godil, Beaverton
Athena Goldberg, Medford
Paige Hook, Stayton
Chelsea Jennings, Springfield
Leigha LaFleur, SE Portland
Jackie Leung, Salem
Nellie McAdams, Portland
Sera Miller, Springfield
Carina Miller, Warm Springs
Adriana Miranda, Salem
Lillian Nickerson, N. Portland
Melissa Ousley, Warrenton
Beach Pace, Hillsboro
Mary Peveto, NW Portland
Nikoyia Phillips, N. Portland
Karen Reynolds, Forest Grove
Michele Roland-Schwartz, Keizer
Stephanie Routh, SE Portland
Heather Rowlett, NE Portland
Melissa Shumake, Pendleton
Whitney Swander, Bend
Fatmah Worfeley, Tigard
Tonya Graham, Ashland 

Come April, we’ll announce another group of women we have invited to participate in our boot camp, a condensed version of our full program that will set these women on the right path toward elected office.

Between the two trainings, our goal is to add another 45 Emerge women to the political pipeline.

So join us on Friday, January 26th, the evening before the first training, to toast the Emerge Oregon Class of 2018. 

Let’s show these women we support them, we value their commitment to serve and recognize the courage it takes to put oneself forward in the public sphere.

We hope to see you there!



Jillian Schoene and Andrea Cooper, Co-Executive Directors

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