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.
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.
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.
Dr. Mary King is a labor economist on the faculty of the Economics Department at Portland State University, where her teaching and research focus on the economic experience of women and membersof ethnic minorities. She has a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.
Juan Carlos Ordóñez is a father and serves as the Oregon Center for Public Policy’s Communications Director. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he practiced commercial litigation in New York City for six years. He left the practice of law and returned to his native Guatemala, where he worked as a freelance journalist and supported numerous civic projects, many of which focused on the sustainable development of indigenous communities.
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.
Dr. Kim M. Williams is a political scientist and Academic Director of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Before joining the faculty at Portland State in 2011, she taught at the Harvard Kennedy School (2000-2010). Her research and teaching focus on immigration and race in American politics. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Government from Cornell University. Kim and her husband, Mingus, are the parents of two adorable young sons: Langston and Coltrane.