Amanda (she/her) 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
Ty (he/him) 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. 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.
Jonathan (he/him) 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.
Maria Gabrielle Sipin
Maria Gabrielle (she/they) is a transportation planner and public health professional whose goals for her government and nonprofit work are sustainable communities and racial justice. She applies her lived experiences in Manila, Los Angeles, and Portland—from her sports fandom, queerness, and immigrant status—to her advocacy, planning, and relationships in Oregon and beyond.
Isabela (she/her) is a queer Latina youth advocate and educator. She received a BA in Community Development from PSU and is the Youth Leadership Coordinator at the non-profit Next Up. Her experience co-founding the non-profit Youth Ending Slavery during high school and subsequent work with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (PSU), Verde, SOLVE, and Habitat for Humanity instilled in her the power of youth and community work to bring about social and political transformation.
Jim (he/him) 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. Jim has research interests and professional publications that span history, regional equity, urban forestry, and watershed science and management.
Linn Davis (he/him) is a Program Manager at Healthy Democracy (HD). 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.
Jamal T. Fox
Jamal T. Fox (he/him) 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.
Eddy Morales (he/him) 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. 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.
The amazing Amy Nguyen (she/her) 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. 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). Amy received a Master's degree in Urban Policy and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the New School in New York.
Gayle Palmer (she/her) is an East Portland resident and civic activist currently pursuing community engagement at the neighborhood level. Gayle is a Board Member of the Centennial Community Association and is a member of the East Portland Action Plan committee, where she focuses on Economic Development and Operations Sub-Committee assignments. Since moving to Oregon in 2014, as a retired Librarian and Digital Collections Consultant, Gayle has spent her time as a free-lance grant writer and instructor in fundraising and grant writing with several regional colleges. She spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren and enjoys discovering Portland area music and food venues. She is honored to serve as an Adviser with Participatory Budgeting Oregon.