Nancy Davis is Family Forward Oregon’s Board President. She 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.
Barbara Dudley is a lawyer turned activist and teacher; a mother and a grandmother. She worked with the Alliance for Displaced Homemakers and wrote the first Displaced Homemakers Legislation in 1974; she represented farmworkers through California Rural Legal Assistance and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. She has been President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild and Executive Director of a New York based Unitarian Universalist charitable foundation. From 1992 to 1997 Barbara was the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA and in 1998 was appointed Assistant Director for Strategic Campaigns of the national AFLâ€‘CIO. Barbara moved to Oregon in 1999 where she has been a partner in a family owned vineyard, Bethel Heights, since 1978. Barbara is co-chair of the Oregon Working Families Party and teaches at Portland State University.
Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis is our Board Treasurer. She grew up in Oregon thinking that families everywhere recycled, composted, spent summer vacations camping at public access beaches, and staged local protests to get duck crossings put in on busy streets. After a decade in the Midwest, she realized that there is no place like home and Oregon is unique. Since returning in 2000 with her husband, she has been engaged in trying to keep it that way by instilling an appreciation of all things “Oregon” in her two children (and everyone else that will listen) and through her work at SHARP Strategies Consulting, LLC.
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 members of 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.
Sarah Wetherson is a full-time mom and a full-time wage earner. Juggling these two identities leaves her little time but even greater motivation to continue her activism to improve the lives of women. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies and has worked on a variety of issues in Oregon, from reproductive rights to labor to health care and campaign financing.
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.