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 forsix 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.
Maria Aimee Santos Lyons became a community organizer in the Philippines, working with urban poor women and young people, supporting their leadership to address issues of land and economic security, gender-based violence and reproductive health. She immigrated to the US in 2000 and joined Western States Center in 2007 and has since helped more than 150 grassroots groups to understand and claim their voices in public decision-making. As Director of Programs, Aimee works with organizations in the Northwest region to ensure all families have the rights, recognition and resources to thrive – without shame, discrimination, threat of harm or violence. Aimee brings 19 years of both U.S. and international experience in both social development and humanitarian concerns, with a special emphasis on gender justice, reproductive health and gender-based violence. Educated in the U.S. and the Philippines, Aimee holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. She comes from a large family and has three kids.
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