Mollie brings a background in organizing and communications to her work at Upstream Public Health. With a degree in Media Studies from Pomona College, Mollie brought her experience in social justice organizing to the political realm as a Fellow in the Bus Project's PolitiCorps training program. She has since orchestrated an effort to register voters of color in the 2008 election, organized young people around national climate policy and served as a Legislative Aide to Rep. Jefferson Smith.
Legislative Director, Oregon Environmental Council
Andrea Salinas started her public service career on Capitol Hill where she served as a legislative aide in both the House of Representatives and Senate as a legislative aide working on defense, tax, trade, budget and labor issues for eight years.
The first college graduate in her family, Consuelo Saragoza knows firsthand the advantages that only education can provide. In her early professional career as a teacher and advocate for families and children, Consuelo cemented her ongoing commitment to see that other young people are afforded the same educational opportunities she experienced. Currently a public health professional, Consuelo recognizes that the connection between health and education is inseparable.
Sierra lives with her family in a drafty old farmhouse on the Oregon Coast, and is an active member of her rural community. When she isn’t chasing small children and animals, Sierra serves on the Tillamook County Planning Commission and as a board member for several local non-profits. Sierra is fascinated with the process of governance, and looking forward to expanding her involvement.
Natalie is a sixth generation Oregonian, having returned to Portland after several years to be closer to her family. While she studied international relations and politics she has always been drawn to art. In 2002, she graduated from Guilord College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting. Immediately after school she accepted a job teaching art in Chicago. During her time in Illinois, she felt the stirring of political activism during the Obama campaign, and became heavily involved as a volunteer.
Ebony Sloan-Clarke began her career as an advisor for Mothers Against Gang Violence. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, she joined LifeWorks NW as a child and family therapist in their Leo Ni Leo program. She then spent several years in various management positions at the Juvenile Justice Center in Philadelphia, including a year as Behavioral Health Clinical Director. Ebony returned to LifeWorks NW in early 2008 as Culturally Specific Addictions Services Director.
Legislative Assistant, Oregon State Senator Steiner Hayward
Legislative Director, Co-Speaker of the House Roblan
Christy Splitt is the Legislative Director to Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan (D- Coos Bay). She grew up in Chicago and Northern California before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. She then earned her Master’s degree in Education and became a high school civics teacher.
After three years in the classroom, she decided to experience civics first hand by working in Oregon politics. After getting her start at the Bus Project, Christy served as chief legislative aide to State Rep.
Samaura Stone grew up listening to her mother tell haunting stories about the Civil Rights Movement. Sparking her curiosity about justice and equality early on, Samaura realized that it would take many more strong, impassioned leaders to continue the fight for these critical rights.
A recent college graduate, Samaura majored in Social and Behavioral Studies. Currently a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in Multnomah County, she is also interning as a Program Assistant for the YWCA's CASA program in Vancouver, Washington.
Claire Syrett is the Field Organizer for ACLU of Oregon based in their Eugene office. Claire has worked as an organizer for the Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice and the Lane Community College Education Association. Prior to that she worked as a flight instructor for Lane Community College where she also served on the union board. Before moving to Oregon Claire worked as a professional stage manager in Los Angeles. Claire volunteers and serves as chair for both the City of Eugene Budget committee and Lane County Human Service Commission.
My professional experience spans the private, public and non-profit/volunteer sectors. I started my career as a VISTA volunteer working with at risk youth. I later worked as a recruiter for a small women-owned firm in Portland. Currently, I work for the Oregon Secretary of State as a Senior Management Auditor. I have worked as a management auditor for the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and METRO over the past eleven years. My volunteer activities include serving on the Portland Public Schools Citizen Budget Review Committee, the Duniway Elementary Foundation, Duniway PTA, and
Candidate for Oregon State Representative, District 47
Dr. Thuy Tran received her Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in 1994. She immediately chose the city that captured her heart, Portland, to establish her first private practice, Rose City Vision Care. Throughout her 17- year career as an established optometrist and active community member, Thuy, has successfully managed to perfect her natural talents of leadership and conviction to equality.
Executive Director, Lane County Coalition for Healthy Active Youth
Raised in Philadelphia PA., Laurie Trieger moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1987. She is a parent of two adult children, grandparent of twin boys, and a former foster parent. She has more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience as a social justice advocate, community organizer, and non-profit leader focused on poverty reduction, child wellness and healthy communities.
She is a firm believer in the power of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.
Field Organizer, Basic Rights Oregon
Jessica Ventura, one of the Field Organizer for Basic Rights Oregon’s marriage campaign, was originally born in El Salvador but has lived in North Portland since she was five years old. As a first generation college graduate, Jessica received a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Portland State University and received her citizenship last summer. She is now committed to serve the public out of the gratefulness to those who struggled for justice before her and because of a sense of obligation to those who will come after her.
Having lived most of her adult life in Lane County, Mary Walston, is nearly a native Oregonian. After graduating from high school in Sioux City, Iowa, Mary packed her bags and headed to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. At the U of O, Mary earned a degree in public administration and then enjoyed a long career working in a number of public agencies including the State of Oregon, Lane County, and with the City of Eugene.
Mary retired from her professional career in public administration in 2009 and now volunteers in a number of roles. Those roles include serving as a elected board
Sandy N. Webb, born and raised in Maryland, now happily lives and works in Washington County, Oregon. An attorney and small business owner, Sandy also volunteers at a suicide prevention call center. A believer in the possibilities of good governance, Sandy is interested in advocating for her fellow citizens of Oregon and looks forward to a run for the Oregon State Legislature.
Sandy quickly learned she loved working in a political environment when she worked for the Mayor's Office in Frederick, Maryland.
Rose Wilde was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and grew up in the even smaller town of Horton, Oregon. After college in Texas and AmeriCorps service in Washington, DC, she moved back west, settling in Lane County in 1999. Wilde just completed her first public budget process as a newly-appointed member of the Lane County Budget Committee.
After several years working in the non-profit sector, Wilde completed a Master's degree in public health at Oregon State University.
Candidate for Oregon State House Representative, District 36
Jennifer is a fourth generation Oregonian, who first entered the world of politics by chance. While attending the University of Oregon, proposed cuts in financial aid, Pell grants and work-study programs threatened to end her academic career before it had really started. Unwilling to let go of her dream of a college education, she became an education activist. That path led her to Washington D.C. to work for Senator Mark O.
Candidate for Metro Council, District 5
Helen is currently running as a candidate for the District 5 position on Metro Council. Helen was born in Hong Kong and her family joined the extended family of grandmother, brother, uncles and aunts in the United States when she was eleven years old. Staying closely connected to the Chinese community through her church and community involvement has enabled her to fully embrace the best of both cultures: East meeting the West.