About Our Oregon
Our Oregon is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to fighting for economic and social fairness for all Oregonians. Our coalition represents organizations and individuals who care about a range of issues, from preserving funding for our schools and critical services to protecting the environment. (See our list of priorities for more details.)
Our accomplishments have included defeating Bill Sizemore’s many destructive ballot measures, securing the passage of crucial initiative protection bills, and bringing together an unprecedented coalition of groups to pass Measures 66 & 67. In November 2012, we successfully reformed the corporate kicker tax break and defeated Kevin Mannix's tax break for millionaires.
We hope you’ll find this site to be a valuable resource for research, news, and action on Oregon’s most pressing issues. We’d love to hear from you—email us at email@example.com with your thoughts or questions.
About Our Staff
Patrick got his start in politics doing street-corner voter registration in St. Louis. He worked for SEIU in numerous political and organizing capacities in Missouri and Ohio before finally settling in Oregon in 1999. He has a complicated love/hate relationship with ballot measures due to his work on state and local political campaigns on behalf of the labor movement at SEIU and the Oregon AFL-CIO.
Patrick’s love of the board game Risk as a kid led him to the realm of political field work, where instead of sending cavalry to invade Kamchatka he could launch armies of canvassers on Clackamas. He lives in a base precinct in North Portland.
Christy grew up in St. Louis and fulfilled her great-grandmother’s dream of going west in 1993. During stints as assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice and in private practice, she served on a number of boards, including JOIN, Legal Aid Services and Photo Americas. Her interest in politics was jump-started while investigating Bill Sizemore’s sham charity on behalf of the state.
In 2006, Christy joined Our Oregon, and she’s been working on a job description ever since. When Christy is not buying second-hand books or teaching Sunday school, she hangs out in Northeast Portland with her nature-loving husband and literary daughter, who are also impressive canvassers.
Liz is evidence that if you drag your kids to enough political events, eventually they will do something useful. Liz first worked on “get out the vote” activities when she was five years old and her mother ran for local public office.
After honing her skills on campaigns for progressives, LGBT rights, and anti-war campaigns, Liz came to full-time work in politics in 2004 when she became the state volunteer director for America Coming Together. She’s been on the Our Oregon team since 2005.
Liz enjoys life in Portland with a smart husband and a spitfire daughter. She secretly harbors a fantasy that "next summer" she will have time to do some canning.
Scott was born in the Central Valley of California (*coughFresnocough*) and has lived in Portland since 2004. He spent a few years as a political reporter and news editor for the Portland Mercury before making the jump into campaigns, starting with the 2008 campaign against Bill Sizemore’s destructive ballot measures.
Scott lives in North Portland with his wife, one-year-old son, and a farm of family pets.
scott (at) ouroregon.org
Alina graduated from The College of William & Mary with a double major in English and Music. She spent several years in the education world, training piano students and teaching English & Publications to grades 8-12 in Virginia.
She joined the Vote Yes for Oregon team for the Measures 66 & 67 campaign, excited to work towards preserving funding for education and other crucial programs. She quickly became hooked on Our Oregon’s missions and methods, and has happily been calling the office
home work ever since.
alina (at) ouroregon.org
Born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Tigard, OR, Jenny registered her first voter as a senior in high school—when she registered her high school class to vote. She joined the Our Oregon team in the summer of 2010 to run a voter registration program that activated more than 20,000 new voters and managed GOTV and Voter Registration operations statewide in 2012. Jenny loves cheese.
jenny (at) ouroregon.org