Amanda is a PhD Candidate in Urban Studies – specializing in Community Development & Popular Education at Portland State University. Amanda is most interested in Participatory Budgeting's potential to make civic engagement relevant + fun and to increase civic + political agency. In addition to her research, Amanda has been working in student organizing, support programs, training & education for the last decade. She is passionate about education & participatory processes as a way to redistribute power and build movements for social change. As a facilitator, Amanda excels in utilizing non-conventional, participatory methods such as games, art-based activities, and reflective practices that build critical consciousness + collaborative skills.
Education & Research Project Manager
Internal Governance Project Manager
Jim has a life-long passion for activating municipal and regional democracy for people and the planet. His work has broadly focused on community-based organizing and advocacy around natural resource conservation in Oregon. Over the last 25 years, he has worked for Applegate Partnership, Audubon Society of Portland, and Depave. Jim graduated from Reed College in 1995 and received a Masters in Geography from PSU in 2002. Jim has research interests and professional publications that span history, regional equity, urban forestry, and watershed science and management. Jim grew up in Oregon and currently lives with his family in North Portland where he enjoys tinkering with his eco-roof, birding, bicycling, dancing tango, and trying to learn the Russian language.
Advocacy + Outreach Project Manager
Ty is a recent Graduate of Portland State University, earning his undergrad in political science with a focus in both public service and civic leadership. When talking about participatory budgeting, Ty is most inspired by its transformative qualities and its power to get people engaged and reinvested in democratic processes. His biggest accomplishment thus far has been spending 3 months in Cape Town, South Africa doing research for a small NGO and advocating for residents affected by gentrification and houselessness. Outside of his involvement in PB Oregon, you can find Ty with his 3 year old son, biking around town or sharing libations with friends at neighborhood watering holes.
Before PB Oregon, Olivia was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association board member and delegate to the district coalition Southeast Uplift where she learned about the potential (and frustrations) of community democracy. She was drawn to this work because she's inspired by the global trends of Municipalism and urban policy that can retaliate against conditions of global warming and a settler colonial state. For her, participatory budgeting is about self-determined placemaking and integrating community wisdom into project design and policy. Within PB Oregon, Olivia is excited about the incredible team and the "sociocratic" (anti-hierarchical, pro-consent) internal governance model.. When not working on communication projects, Olivia enjoys directing videos, reading poetry & theory, or hosting a pop-up library for the houseless called Street Books.
Jonathan is a Native Hawaiian living in Portland since 2010. Growing up in Hawaii, he's witnessed a massive rise in Indigenous resiliency and he would like to see the same rise to power for communities of color in Portland through participatory processes. As a Native Hawaiian, stewardship is very important to him and he sees the potential for PB to reorient ourselves to the land and public spaces. He is interested in urban farming, food justice programming, and the complex intersections of biology, technology and race – all of which informs his work with PB Oregon. When not working on participatory budgeting projects, Jonathan is a novice gardener and a trained florist; he designs at home and for weddings around the Pacific Northwest.
Advocacy + Education
Education + Research
Maria is a transportation planner for a public agency in Oregon and a leader in the nonprofit realm as a board member with People for Mobility Justice (PMJ). She is passionate about elevating community experiences, stories + sociopolitical contexts, and spatial analysis to inform her climate justice advocacy, planning work, and technical assistance services for clients. She has experience in working with communities of color in local self-governance and generating policies, research, and leadership responsiveness to their needs related to health, housing, and transportation. Maria also has a background in nonprofit health systems, coalition-buiding, communications, and research to boost clinicians' and service providers' responsiveness to LGBTQ needs; as well as adolescent reproductive and sexual health including substance abuse, mental health, and housing priorities. Maria was born in the Philippines, raised in Manila and Los Angeles for most of her life, and has called Portland home since 2016. She is a proud graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where she earned her degree in Communications (Journalism) and Political Science while organizing the school's signature hip hop event series, open mic nights, and breakdancing competitions to build community and a platform for local artists. She completed the MURP program at Portland State University with a focus on transportation and public health. She's currently working on her MPH with the PSU-OHSU School of Public Health.
Education + Research
Isabela works as the Youth Leadership Coordinator at a local nonprofit Next Up. She is a queer Latina youth advocate and educator that grew up in East Portland who has always known and believed in the power, passion, and knowledge of young people. During high school, she and four other students started the non-profit, Youth Ending Slavery, focused on raising awareness about modern-day slavery and encouraging youth to be advocates for change. This experience not only empowered her to see the power and strength of young people but instilled the importance of community work to bring about social and political transformation. Through continued volunteerism at Verde, SOLVE, and Habitat for Humanity, and her education in the Community Development undergraduate program at PSU, she was able to see a different and positive future for brown and black communities, the political system, and the natural world.
Program Manager at Health Democracy
Linn Davis is a Program Manager at Healthy Democracy (HD) – a Portland-based nonpartisan non-profit that designs and facilitates innovative public engagement programs. HD is best known for designing and facilitating the Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR) which convenes random, representative groups of voters to evaluate ballot measures and produce balanced, informative, and accessible voter information. Panels of everyday folks question advocates and experts, and then write a statement on the most important information for voters to know – which is typically printed in the voters' pamphlet. The Oregon legislature made the CIR an official part of the state's election process in 2011. Linn also manages HD's other process design and implementation work including emerging work in bringing random, representative policy deliberations (known as citizen juries) to the local government and high school levels. He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA in History from Grinnell College. Linn grew up in Oregon. He spends his free time playing music and rediscovering his home state – from its highest windblown fire outlooks to its lowest subterranean pubs.
Jamal T. Fox
Chairperson of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs; former City Councilmember in Greensboro, NC
Jamal T. Fox currently serves as Mayor Ted Wheeler's Deputy Chief of Staff. He also currently chairs the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. Fox's professional experience ranges from the private sector to public politics, from education to government. In 2013, Fox was elected to City Council representing District 2 as the youngest ever elected in Greensboro, NC. During his term of service (ending in 2017), Jamal played an instrumental role in bringing participatory budgeting to Greensboro – the first municipality to implement participatory budgeting in the South. Prior to his elected office, Fox worked in Greensboro's City Manager's office and the Department of Planning + Community Development. He is also a former North Carolina Agricultural + Technical State University Political Science Adjunct Professor, Social Studies and Leadership Teacher with Guilford County Schools, a community advocate, youth mentor and political leader in North Carolina
Gresham City Council + Community Organizer
Eddy Morales has grown up in Oregon since age 6. He attended the University of Oregon where inequality issues spurred him into becoming a community organizer and ultimately serving as the student body Vice President. He has served as Vice President and President of the United States Student Association (USSA) giving voice to students across the country in the White House, Congress, and the Department of Education. A small business owner and community organizer, Eddy spent the last 18 years working for multiple national organizations dedicated to community change. These include Crossroads Consulting, Democracy Alliance, Morales Public Relations – the business he started in 2012. His work proved successful, allowing him to collaborate with policymakers from around the country and give back to the community that has given him so much. In November 2018, Eddy was elected to a four-year term for Gresham City Council Position 2 and sworn into office on January 8, 2019. Eddy currently shares a multi-generational home in Gresham with his partner Hugh, his mother-in-law Rochelle, and a rescue dog named Besitos. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, sailing and dedicating himself to volunteerism and public service.
Public Space Management Program Development Supervisor + Practitioner of PB
The amazing Amy Nguyen currently serves as Public Space Management Program Development Supervisor, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). She brings an enormous depth and breadth of experience and knowledge as a public servant and a practitioner of participatory budgeting. From Spring of 2017 to Summer 2019 she served as the Civic Engagement & Leadership Development Strategic Lead for Department of Neighborhoods (DON) where she managed Seattle's participatory budgeting program, Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets. Beyond that, her experience in policy analysis, nonprofit management and community organizing spans New York City, New Orleans and Seattle. Amy served as a Legislative Aide for a Seattle City Council member and a Program Manager for Seattle-based APACE (Asian Pacific Islander Americans of Civic Empowerment). Before coming to Seattle, she managed the free statewide legal hotline for the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in New Orleans. Amy received a Master's degree in Urban Policy and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the New School in New York. She loves hand pulled noodles, Octavia Butler, videos of red pandas, place and space, pretending to be Salvador Dali, making pasta, ginkgo leaves and fantasizing about open mics.
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