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Kevin Frazier

Assistant Professor at St. Thomas University College of Law and Research Affiliate at Legal Priorities Project. Focused on improving the resilience of our democratic institutions.

Kristina Edmunson 

Kristina has 15 years of political, and crisis communications experience. She has been involved with some of the biggest and most controversial policy and legal decisions in Oregon. But her proudest title? 6th generation Oregonian.

Jim Moore

Longtime observer of Oregon and west coast politics. Political analyst for various media outlets, professor at Pacific University.

Adam Davis

Adam Davis works with Oregon Humanities to get people thinking and talking together, and he used to lead backcountry trail crews with the US Forest Service.

Rich Vial

Former State Legislator, Former Deputy Secretary of State

Jared Garson

Jared is a Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics Major at Willamette University, aspiring to bring Oregon together to achieve more representative elections and a sustainable energy program to brag about.

Brenda Smith

Current director of High Desert Partnership, a nonprofit organization in Harney County, Oregon that seeks to find common ground through collaboration.

Cameron Scott

Cameron Scott holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, is a fly-fishing guide and teaches 7th-12th grade English Language Arts.

Don Williams

Creator of Thebeerchaser.com. Former Chief Operating Officer of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.

Hilary Dumitrescu

I am a 6-year Oregon resident. We moved here for the rainy weather and the green; we stayed because of the beautiful community we found.

Mark Hass

former Oregon State Senator

Tam Moore

Retired journalist. Former Jackson County Commissioner. Born in Corvallis, 1934; graduate of Oregon State

Jared @🏡 in PDX

Write about society reopening, the positive side of technology and doing better. When not writing I work on creating growth & opportunity in Portland Tech

Peter Sage

Retired. Now, a political blogger

Sarah White

Non-profit director and advocate for the unhoused, pursuing justice with those at the margins. She lives in Silverton with her family and critters.

Rod Ray

Former CEO Bend Research, Inc Ph.D. Chemical Engineer "Courtesy Professor" OSU-Cascades. Teach Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Thermodynamics

Nathan Howard

Cofounder & President at East Fork Cultivars Advisor to various political campaigns and candidates. Board of Directors at various Oregon-based organizations.

Rob Harris

Rob is managing partner of Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Attorneys, a litigation law firm

Taylor Stewart

Founder of the Oregon Remembrance Project. Seeking the truth and repair required to bring us closer to reconciliation.

Elden Rosenthal

Oregon trial lawyer, 1972-2017. Member, Board of Directors, Southern Poverty Law Center.

Xavier D. Stickler

Xavier is a student of architecture and sustainable urban development at Portland State University—as well as a transportation, housing, and urban policy advocate.

Allen Alley

Tech entrepreneur-investor creating opportunities for the next generation. Former OR GOP Chair & candidate for Gov & Treasurer. Speaking up for those not heard.

Bennett Minton

Policy advocate/strategist/organizer over three decades as a journalist, congressional press secretary, lobbyist and analyst

Sue Hildick

Fourth generation Oregonian with a serious love of place. I work across sectors to surface pragmatic public policy solutions.

Melissa Unger

Executive Director of SEIU Local 503, representing 72,000 public services workers and care providers in Oregon.

Kyle Palmer

I just started my third term as Mayor of Silverton. I believe that decency is not dead and meaningful discourse is not only possible, but vital.

Ginger L Savage

Ginger L Savage, Executive Director of Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, OR. Lifelong Central and Eastern Oregonian.

Andy Kerr

Andy Kerr consults on environmental and conservation issues. He is best known for his two decades with the Oregon Wild (then Oregon Natural Resources Council), the organization best known for having brought you the northern spotted owl.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is an attorney, planner, engineer, and small business owner building a better Oregon through healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.

Jenn Stephens

Oregon born, raised, and educated. Loved Austin, TX, then moved back home to raise our three boys. Political nerd, MBA, and passionate about helping people.

Charles Gallia

Oregonian. PhD in public administration and policy from Portland State. An Oregon health policy navigator.

Katy Brooks

CEO, Bend Chamber of Commerce

Greg Wolf

Greg Wolf is the co-founder of the National Policy Consensus Center, and founded Oregon Solutions, Oregon Consensus, Regional Solutions and County Solutions. He is now the Director of the Oregon iSector.

Kim Mosier

Attorney advising non-profit and government entities, some courtroom practice, teacher of Criminal Justice for 9 years. Passionate about local civic involvement. Fifth-generation Eastern Oregonian. I love this place and its people.

Luhui Whitebear

Luhui Whitebear (she/her) is Coastal Chumash. She is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist. Luhui is passionate about disrupting systems of oppression and creating positive change in society.

Sarah Iannarone

Sarah Iannarone is Executive Director of The Street Trust, an advocacy non-profit and action fund promoting multimodal transportation options that prioritize safety, accessibility, equity, and climate justice in the Portland metro region and beyond.

Xander Levine

Student, Skier, Traveler, Portlander

Scott Kerman

Scott Kerman is Executive Director of BLANCHET HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY, which provides meals to persons experiencing housing insecurity in Old Town, Portland, as well as long-term transitional shelter in Old Town and at Blanchet Farm in Carlton, Oregon.

Eric Fruits

I'm am Oregon-based economist. When I'm not writing here, I'm doing research on state and local government and international competition policy.

Rachel King

Author of People Along the Sand: A Novel, Bratwurst Haven: Stories, and two poetry chapbooks. Stories in One Story, North American Review, Northwest Review, etc. booksrachelking.com

Jeff Eager 

Writer of politics and lame jokes at Oregon Roundup on Substack. https://oregonroundup.substack.com/

Karmen Fore

Karmen Fore is the director of Oregon Solutions.

Sara Gelser Blouin

Senator. Policy wonk. Youth and disability rights advocate. Mom of 5. Fiercely pro-choice, pro-equality, pro-labor and pro-science. Fighting to dismantle institutional abuse.

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith served three tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine and is a past director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Susheela Jayapal

Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland. South Asian immigrant, lawyer, and Oregonian since 1994.

Kenji Sugahara

Lawyer, Drone Pilot, Drone Remote ID Pioneer, FAA Drone Advisory Committee Member, and Oregon Tourism Commissioner.

Eric Paine

CEO of Community Development Partners

Debra Porta

Debra is a nonprofit professional with a passion for building and empowering community. A Portlander for the last 25 years, Debra lives with her wife in North Portland.

Brian Duty

I'm a native Oregonian who is deeply passionate about the wellbeing of our community and state. I'm a Urologist at OHSU and heavily involved in health policy.

Representative Mark Owens

Mark Owens is the Republican State Representative for House District 60. He’s a farmer, small business owner, Crane School Board Member, husband and father.

Gavin Barrett

Political Science Student at the University of Oregon

Sabbath Rain Mikelson

Sabbath is a campaign manager, community organizer, and candidate. She focuses her political activism on the needs of rural Oregon and young voters.

Jody Wiser

Tax wonk with the all-volunteer organization Tax Fairness Oregon

Keith A. Mobley

Grew up on ranch near Shaniko, degrees OSU and UO Law; Law practice, The Dalles and Dufur, now retired; past board chair, OPB; current president, Sun River Owners Association; telecom advocate since service as Navy communications officer in 1962.

Vadim Mozyrsky

Director, Partnership for Common Sense Government. U.S. Administrative Law Judge. AFL-CIO, IFPTE, Judicial Council 1 vice president. Candidate for Portland City Council. Board member and advocate for public safety, immigrant and disability rights.

Angus Duncan

In and out of politics, policy, government (local/state/federal) the energy business, and energy/climate advocacy. Have served in policy and advocacy positions at all levels. Focused since 1990 on environmental externalities, energy and climate.

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen is Executive Director of Forth, a nonprofit working to electrify transportation. (www.forthmobility.org) He previously served 10 years as Executive Director of the Oregon Environmental Council.

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

Oregon State Senator for District 17; family physician OHSU

Iris WeaverBell

high school student in pdx passionate about student civic engagement, law, and public service

Elise Yu

Elise Yu is a high school sophomore in Portland who fosters interests in STEM, ballet, music, and social equity through volunteering and involvement in marketing at nonprofit organizations.

Tricia Mooney

Dr. Tricia Mooney has been an educator and administrator in Umatilla County since 1995 and the superintendent of the Hermiston School District since 2018. She is a member of the Oregon Quality Education Commission.

Keith Tymchuk

Teacher for 41 years; 6 terms as Mayor of Reedsport; 27 years as a Port of Umpqua Commissioner; 6 years as a Director with the Central Lincoln PUD. I enjoy reading, chasing steelhead with the fly rod, hunting and golf.

Marie Bowers

5th generation farmer, passionate about farming, rural Oregon and politics.

Nancy Haque

Nancy Haque is the executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, an organization dedicated to the legal and lived equality of all LGBTQ2SIA+ Oregonians.

Mark Gamba

Mark Gamba’s record speaks for itself. As Mayor of Milwaukie, Mark dramatically expanded housing options, passed a Climate Action Plan with real teeth, and much more. Mark is running for State Representative to take this record of success statewide.

Rachel Prusak

Nurse Practitioner. State Representative.

Jessica Vega Pederson

Jessica Vega Pederson is a Multnomah County Commissioner, proud east Portlander and champion for universal pre-K. Before being elected as a commissioner, Jessica served as a state Rep. where she was the first Latina elected to the Oregon House.

Bob Dalton

Bob Dalton is the founder and CEO of Sackcloth & Ashes, a mission-driven company that gives a blanket to a local homeless shelter for each one purchased.

nitin rai

managing partner elevate.vc

Stephen Green

Recovering banker and VC working tirelessly to make Oregon an even better place for Black and Latinx owned businesses to start, grow and prosper.


Kathleen was born and raised in rural Oregon. She is the retired VP for Grants and Programs at Oregon Community Foundation where she worked for 33 years.

Gina Firman Nikkel

Executive Director, Association of Oregon Counties

Dana Whitelaw

Mom, Oregonian, Anthropologist, museologist and daughter of an economist.

Hunter Spence

President of Oregon College Democrats, Senior Organizer for College Democrats of America, Senior at the University of Oregon

Nick Johnson

Nick is the Executive Director of LCRI, a nonprofit organization in Lake County, OR.

McCall Delaney

Third year honors student at the University of Oregon.

Lorelei Juntunen

President of ECONorthwest, a West Coast policy and economic research firm

Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Wife, mom, and small business owner. Former Mayor of Happy Valley, OR. Republican Nominee for Oregon's 5th Congressional District.

Rose Kordahl

University of Oregon Class of 2022, Student of political science and chemistry

Lynn Heider

A champion for not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions.

Henry A Balensifer III

Mayor of the City of Warrenton, American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow (Class XXVIII), Vice-President of WarHF, Inc., and Government Relations Manager for JBT LEKTRO, Inc.

Ariane Le Chevallier

Ariane Le Chevallier is a strategic communications advisor and founder of Le Chevallier Strategies based in Portland, OR. She writes about media, communications, politics, nonprofits, and government in the search for the common good.

Ben Bowman 

Host of The Oregon Bridge Podcast; State Representative-Elect, Tigard-Tualatin School Board Member; Founder of Packed with Pride food pantry. I speak only for myself!

Mark Hester 

Mark worked 20 years at The Oregonian in positions including business editor & editorial writer. He currently is a communications consultant.

Gary Conkling

Gary has been a journalist, congressional aide, federal and state lobbyist and co-founder of a public affairs firm in Portland.

Tim Nesbitt

Tim served as Chief of Staff for Gov. Kulongoski. A former union leader, he lives near Independence and oversees a specialty apple orchard.

Marty Wilde

Former State Representative, HD 11 Retired Colonel, USAF The view expressed herein are my own and not necessarily those of any employer.

Jessica Gomez

Jessica Gomez is Founder/CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices and serves on the OIT Board of Trustees, Oregon Healthcare & Oregon Business Development committees.

Steve Novick

Environmental lawyer, former Sizemore fighter, former Portland City Commissioner, believer in taxing the rich and letting people know where tax dollars go.

Christina deVillier

"Christina deVillier is a writer, a gardener, and a fourth-generation explorer of northeast Oregon's mountains, canyons, and communities."

David Frank


Eric K. Ward

Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Senior Advisor to Race Forward. @BulldogShadow

Andrew Kalloch

I'm a proud Oregonian, the lucky spouse of @AdamsKalloch & father of three. Former: ACLU lawyer/Policy wonk/Candidate for Congress, OR-4.

John Tapogna

John is President of ECONorthwest--an economic consulting firm with offices in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Eugene, and Bend.

Glendora Claybrooks

Glendora Claybrooks is a contributing author to the OregonWay Blog.

Melissa Cribbins

Coos County Commissioner, Attorney, Mother, Life-long Oregonian

Bill Bradbury

Former Oregon Secretary of State

John Horvick

DHM Research, Political Director

Cyreena Boston Ashby

Cyreena is Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions and has worked on Oregon’s pressing issues of economic development, health care, housing, and racial equity.

Joseph Jordan

Oregonian, writer, law student.

Peter Laufer

Instant Gratification

Kelley Minty Morris

Recently referred to as "the least political person in politics ", Kelley serves as a non-partisan, elected, Klamath County Commissioner

Loran Joseph

Formerly the Mayor of Baker City; now just a wind farm owner/operator, audio engineer, bass player, woodworker, barista, entrepreneur, and general repairman.

Jeff Gudman

BA Economics - Pomona College MBA - Wharton Hyster Company, Magnetech, Biogas Technology, Oregon Natural Gas Development, Private Investor

Rich Wandschneider

Rich directs the Library at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, OR, and writes a column for the Wallowa County Chieftain.

Jenn Schuberth

Jenn writes period crime fiction and is a literacy advocate. She has worked in finance, academics, and nonprofits. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Philosophy of Religion, and a finance degree from Washington University.

Aeric Estep

Co-host of the City on a Hill Podcast. He has lived in Oregon for the last 25 years and currently resides in West Linn. Perennial city/county advisory board member. Neighbor.

Bruce Abernethy

Member Bend City Council, COCC Board of Directors, Grantwriter with Bend-La Pine School District

Kim Phelps

Mostly retired cattle rancher in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Mayor Stan Pulliam

Stan Pulliam is the Mayor of his hometown of Sandy. He’s been called a Rising Star after receiving local and national headlines and recently formed an exploratory committee for Oregon Governor. He’s married to his wife MacKensey and has 2 daughters.

Ben Sand

CEO of The Contingent Author of A Kids Book About White Privilege

Casey Kulla

Yamhill County Commissioner, veggie and cannabis farmer, Democrat for Governor 2022, ecologist, father&husband, left-handed

Rukaiyah Adams

Chair of the Albina Vision Trust.

Ron Paradis

Born and raised in Oregon, Ron worked at colleges out of state for 10 years; he returned home and spent 28 years at Central Oregon Community College.

Lacey Beaty

34th Mayor of Beaverton, She/Her, Girl Mom, Combat Veteran, Military Spouse, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

Chris Harder

Principal at Coraggio Group, a strategy and leadership management consulting firm. Former Director of Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency.

Cheri Helt

Working mom, small business owner, former State Representative, and former nine-year member of the Bend-La Pine School Board.

Aaron Pina

I'm a Portland-based human rights equity culture broker. After 20+ years of domestic and international human rights work, I returned to my adopted Oregon to live, raise my son Ollie, and work towards a better, less polarized society.

Jeff Golden

State Senator Jeff Golden represents District 3 in the Oregon Legislature.

Alberto Moreno

Alberto is a poet whose poetry touches on the ecstatic divine, justice and the immigrant experience. Alberto served as the columnist for El Hispanic News and as the Governor’s representative on the Oregon Humanities Council

George Murdock

A journalist, education leader, and cattle rancher, Murdock is chair of the Umatilla County Board of commissioners. He is a graduate of WSU and holds a masters degree from Linfield College.

Tobias Read

A proud Democrat, Tobias Read was elected State Treasurer in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Before that, he represented the Beaverton area from 2006 to 2016 as State Representative. He lives in Beaverton with his wife Heidi and their two kids.

Rob Nosse

State Representative in Oregon for Inner SE and Inner NE Portland. Openly gay man who also worked at Oregon Nurses Association and SEIU Local 49 and 503. Got my start in Oregon politics in the early 1990s with Oregon Student Association

Jessie Burke

Jessie Burke is co-owner of The Society Hotel and serves as chair of the Old Town Community Association. She is the granddaughter of a Chinese immigrant, a mother of three, a former social worker, and a long-time small business owner.

Thomas L. Ngo

Digital marketer, entrepreneur, and real estate investor. Transportation, community development, and public health are my jam. Grown in Portland. Aged in NYC. @ColumbiaSIPA and @UPortland alum.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith has served on a number of transportation and planning advisory committees. Most recently he completed 12 years of service on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. He is part of the No More Freeways campaign.

Mason Finn Kennedy

Part-time Funnyman, The News Director at KWVA Eugene, and a journalist from Eugene, Oregon.

Ciara Williams

RARE AmeriCorps Member. Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council. B.A. International Affairs, GWU 2019.

Mayor Sally Russell

Russell became Bend’s Mayor in 2018, after 6 years on Bend's City Council. Career and volunteer work while raising two daughters didn’t prepare her for 2020!

Moira Bowman

25 years working gender, racial and economic justice. Currently, Director of Advocacy at Oregon Food Bank.

Margi Hoffmann

Margi Hoffmann is Director of Strategic Operations for the Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA).

Dahnesh Medora

Practical idealist building infrastructure for social justice.

Lauri Aunan

Lucky to live in beautiful Oregon with people who care about safe and healthy communities, equity, transparency, and our environment. All of these depend on a functioning democracy where all people can vote and have their votes counted!

David Yaden

Native Oregonian with more than 50 years experience in public affairs, including political and policy positions with two governors, a US cabinet secretary and Congressman, and owning a public opinion research firm.

Kris Nine

Writer & painter—politics, poetry, and prose. It’s impossible to describe the world without changing it.

Julie O'Shea

Julie O’Shea is the Director of the Farmers Conservation Alliance. To learn about FCA and its efforts in irrigation modernization go to fcasolutions.org

Michael DeWolf

Member, Oregon Open Primaries and League of Women Voters - Deschutes County. Retired from electric utility industry, serving as corporate asset manager, strategy director, and finance manager. Lifelong Oregonian.

Adam Marl

Oregon City Commissioner; Community Organizer; Oregon's Youngest Public Official

Nils D Christoffersen

Nils D. Christoffersen is the Executive Director of Wallowa Resources, a community non-profit working to sustain working lands and livelihoods, in Northeast Oregon.

Laurie Wimmer

26 years as an education advocate and 40 years as a progressive activist, I now run Oregon Policy Analytics, my policy and electoral consulting firm.

Beatrice Kahn

A senior at Beaverton High School, Beatrice is passionate about spreading student voices. She is the founder and editor of the Beaverton Hummer Newspaper club. Beatrice is Co-President of the Beaverton Student Advisory Committee.

Catherine McMullen

Catherine McMullen is a Certified Elections Administrator and former public librarian. Catherine has conducted more than 15 elections and is a candidate for Clackamas County Clerk. Learn more at ClackamasVoice.org.

Priscilla Macy

Executive Director, Oregon Outfitters & Guides Association

Commissioner David Yamamoto

I am a Tillamook County Commissioner as well as Chair of Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties and county commissioner representative to Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and Ocean Policy Advisory Council.

Shreya Soman

Shreya Soman is a high school sophomore in Portland and an aspiring advocate for human rights and environmental justice. She enjoys volunteer work, writing, and performance arts and hopes to continue to work to help her community and those in need.

Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang is a Portland high school student and passionate about law, STEM, public speaking, while contributing to her community through coaching middle and high school students in speech and debate.

Emerson Levy

Mom, Renewable Energy Attorney, and candidate for the Oregon Legislature. I live in Bend, Oregon with my husband and seven-year-old daughter. emersonvotes.com

Nick Hess

Tech CEO Nick Hess is the only Republican that can win the state of Oregon and bring real change.

Anthony Veliz

The son of farmworkers, Anthony's advocacy started in Woodburn, OR. Today, as the founder of the Oregon Latinx Leadership Network, he has started a collective movement of Latino CBO’s and leaders in both rural and urban communities.

John M. Rexford

Superintendent-Retired, High Desert Education Service District. Chair of the Oregon Quality Education Commission. 32 years in k-12 administration and school business. BS in business at Oregon State University & MBA from Portland State University.

Sharon Meieran

Dr. Meieran (she/her) is a Multnomah County Commissioner and ER doctor. Her experience caring for those in crisis informs her policy/advocacy work. Her focus areas include behavioral health, housing/homelessness, coordination of services, and equity.

Tera Hurst

Tera Hurst is currently the Executive Director of the Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance (HJRA).

Greg Graziano

Unapologetically spends 95% of his day in his head.

Rob Schläpfer

Rob teaches critical thinking classes that aim to promote deliberative democracy and inspire effective altruism.

Aaron Brown

Transportation, climate, and housing justice organizer based in North Portland. Admirer of sidewalks, soccer clubs and social movements. Happiest on a bike or on the Oregon coast.

Dr. Christine Pitts

Education Research & Policy; Government Affairs & Partnerships; Public Speaking.

Rory Bialostosky

West Linn City Councilor, youngest elected official in the Portland metro area

Victoria Binning

Program Coordinator for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE)

Jared Kennedy

Development Director and Blue Mountains Trail Project Lead at Greater Hells Canyon Council

Bruce Starr

Business owner and former state legislator. Oregon native.

Jim Labbe

Jim serves as a Director at Participatory Budgeting Oregon, which he co-founded in 2018 to advance "more participatory and just public budgeting for all Oregonians."

Sophia Holbrook

Willamette Law Student, Blogger, California native living in Salem!

Jyoni Tetsurō Shuler

they/she Research Analyst @ Our Children Oregon, based in Portland