Elleanor Chin is a lawyer living in Portland Oregon. Professionally her interests are litigation management and the intersection between dispute resolution and complex data. She has three children, two in public school and one who is a full time, free lance climber of furniture and parents’ legs. When not contending with all of the above, Elleanor writes fiction, tries to coax things to grow in her garden, and makes collages in various media.
Beth Cooke is a business owner and busy mom of three children. After more than a decade in higher education and within the business community, Beth transitioned to lobbying in Salem where she has worked successfully on a wide assortment of legislative efforts ranging from economic development to education and workplace policies. She enjoys building collaborative relationships and fostering solutions that enhance Oregon’s ability to thrive. Beth is also active within Oregon’s vibrant entrepreneur community where she has worked with early stage start-ups in both education and healthcare. A native Oregonian, Beth is a graduate of Oregon State University and Portland State University.
Nancy Davis has served on the board of directors for family-focused organizations as varied as the Children’s Relief Nursery, Childpeace Montessori, YWCA of Greater Portland and Zimmerman Community Center. Nancy worked in recruiting and workforce development for more than a dozen years before transitioning to nonprofit work. This change has allowed her to create work that links her passion for families, children and strong communities.
Rujuta Gaonkar has been living and working in the Pacific Northwest for the past 16 years, doing conducting research and developing, managing and evaluating programs in the public health field, always focused on the intersection between public health and social justice. She currently manages the Health Equity Initiative at the Multnomah County Health Department. Since her transition to motherhood in early 2010, Rujuta has become more keenly aware of and passionate about the importance of assuring that all parents and caregivers have the support they need to maintain healthy families.
Veronica Lopez Ericksen has been an advocate for the Spanish-speaking community for 15 years, first as a Community Health Worker and now as a Community Health Nurse. In her work she seeks to empower and advocate for families affected by poverty, institutional racism , and the immigration system. She is co-chair of FAM, Family Advocates of Multnomah, an employee resource group at Multnomah County. As a participant in this group, she first learned about Family Forward and was interested in the work to build stronger families through policies that support working parents. She has been on the Family Forward Oregon c3 Board for about 3 years. She enjoys dancing, swimming, and reading, and mostly spending time with her family.
Andy Miller is the proud father of two wonderful daughters and appreciates that his various employers have had family-friendly policies that have allowed him to be present in their lives while he earns the means to support them. Andy is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Volunteers of America Oregon (VOAOR), a broadly-missioned social service agency serving the Portland Oregon region. Prior to joining VOAOR, Andy served as Senior Manager for Planning and Policy for the Portland Housing Bureau and as Deputy Director for Programs with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development. Andy is a recovering lawyer, having served the first eight years of his professional career as an anti-poverty advocate and attorney with legal aid programs in New York and Oregon. He has lived in Oregon with his family since 1992.
Doug Wells is a product of public schools and he and his wife, Neeley, are proud parents of an amazing daughter who is a high schooler in Portland. Doug chairs Oregon’s Quality Education Commission, chairs the board of the Northwest Outward Bound School, and is also on the national board of Parents for Public Schools. Professionally, he is Chief Development and Financial Officer for the Children’s Institute, a statewide organization that focuses on early education as a key to ensuring that every Oregon child arrives at kindergarten ready to learn and is succeeding by third grade.
Katrina Yuen is a mother of two passionate sports enthusiasts, readers, and foodies. She is the Director of HR and Operations at FMYI, Inc., a Portland based software company. At FMYI, she has implemented family friendly policies she believes everybody deserves: unlimited paid time off, remote work settings, and a culture of trust and family. Prior to full-time parenting and part-time start-up HR, Katrina lived the corporate life at Nike in various international HR roles. She loves family time, food, and running!
Sara Ryan has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations over the last few decades. She got to know Oregon quite well working for the nonprofit SOLVE, encouraging volunteers around the state to clean up our rivers and plant trees. But, being allergic to most of the outdoors here, decided to switch gears and encourage volunteers to get involved in her top priority, our messy democracy. She has been running the Oregon Labor Candidate School since 2012, and is proud to be part of the Labor movement by supporting leaders who strive to pass policies that improve the lives of all Oregonians. Before moving to Oregon, Sara served homeless families in South Bend, Indiana, worked at the Center for AIDS services in Oakland, CA, learned from the poorest of the poor in Guatemala, and provided support to a family resource center serving immigrant families in San Francisco. She now spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her young kids and sneaking in a book or two.
Anna Stiefvater has worked for many years supporting families as a public health nurse. She currently works in the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Oregon Public Health Division and previously worked at the Multnomah County Health Department. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Public Health Association and as chair of the Cabinet on Health Policy for the Oregon Nurses Association. Her work with families, along with her own experiences as a mother, has made her passionate about improving the conditions that young children grow up in. She is the mother of two daughters and hopes that policy and culture change will come about to support them in successfully balancing their own work and families someday.