Israel Bayer   Israel Bayer is the outgoing executive director of  Street Roots , Portland's award-winning street newspaper. Israel has worked with the street newspaper movement for nearly 15-years and is a founding member of the  Welcome Home Coalition , a coalition of nonprofit and business groups working to secure more affordable housing for the region. Israel also served as one of the spokespeople for the  Yes for Affordable Homes , the affordable housing ballot bond measure that passed last November. Israel has been an advocate on a range of social justice issues, including the legalization of marijuana, the civil rights of people on the streets and more. They believe that “In a time when our country is divided, it's both love and unity that will bring us together. We must fight on!"

Israel Bayer

Israel Bayer is the outgoing executive director of Street Roots, Portland's award-winning street newspaper. Israel has worked with the street newspaper movement for nearly 15-years and is a founding member of the Welcome Home Coalition, a coalition of nonprofit and business groups working to secure more affordable housing for the region. Israel also served as one of the spokespeople for the Yes for Affordable Homes, the affordable housing ballot bond measure that passed last November. Israel has been an advocate on a range of social justice issues, including the legalization of marijuana, the civil rights of people on the streets and more. They believe that “In a time when our country is divided, it's both love and unity that will bring us together. We must fight on!"

Ana del Rocío V.   Ana del Rocío is the daughter of immigrants from Peru and is the first in Ana’s family to be born in the United States. This year, voters elected Ana to serve on the  David Douglas School Board  in an  historic election  that saw people of color on the ballot for the first time in that district. Ana also serves as policy director to  Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson , who was the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. Ana is focused on raising two children and is dedicated to paving the way for people of color and underrepresented communities to build political power in Oregon.

Ana del Rocío V.

Ana del Rocío is the daughter of immigrants from Peru and is the first in Ana’s family to be born in the United States. This year, voters elected Ana to serve on the David Douglas School Board in an historic election that saw people of color on the ballot for the first time in that district. Ana also serves as policy director to Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, who was the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. Ana is focused on raising two children and is dedicated to paving the way for people of color and underrepresented communities to build political power in Oregon.

JT Flowers   Born and raised in the heart of Northeast Portland, JT Flowers is a field representative in the  Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) , a  Truman Scholar  and a first-generation college graduate ( Yale University , Class of 2017). JT is the founder and former president of  A Leg Even , an organization geared towards facilitating the academic and professional success of low-income college freshmen. Over the course of their  college career, JT studied and researched in 6 different countries, working on topics ranging from international governance to refugee rights and health systems reform. JT’s studies centered around the intersectional impacts of class, culture, and institutions on effective policymaking and integrative social change, with a focus on increasing access to opportunity and socio-economic mobility amongst under-resourced communities. JT has applied the same lens to work here in Portland, and is overjoyed to at long last be back home.

JT Flowers

Born and raised in the heart of Northeast Portland, JT Flowers is a field representative in the Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a Truman Scholar and a first-generation college graduate (Yale University, Class of 2017). JT is the founder and former president of A Leg Even, an organization geared towards facilitating the academic and professional success of low-income college freshmen. Over the course of their  college career, JT studied and researched in 6 different countries, working on topics ranging from international governance to refugee rights and health systems reform. JT’s studies centered around the intersectional impacts of class, culture, and institutions on effective policymaking and integrative social change, with a focus on increasing access to opportunity and socio-economic mobility amongst under-resourced communities. JT has applied the same lens to work here in Portland, and is overjoyed to at long last be back home.

 
Lindsey E. Murphy   Lindsey Murphy has produced and hosted a dope little kids science show on YouTube called The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey since 2010. This labor of love has gotten Lindsey invited to places like Harvard and Google to speak about things like diversity and creative media in STEM as well as numerous live TV and online show hosting opportunities. Lindsey’s life is about creating and championing meaningful things for the world. Things that help people. And teach children. And build bridges. And add value to lives. That might explain why people call Lindsey a "natural salesman." Lindsey cares and feels and is grateful and appreciative beyond words and measure to every single person who has ever and will ever contribute to Lindsey’s success, starting with the so many who came before them.

Lindsey E. Murphy

Lindsey Murphy has produced and hosted a dope little kids science show on YouTube called The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey since 2010. This labor of love has gotten Lindsey invited to places like Harvard and Google to speak about things like diversity and creative media in STEM as well as numerous live TV and online show hosting opportunities. Lindsey’s life is about creating and championing meaningful things for the world. Things that help people. And teach children. And build bridges. And add value to lives. That might explain why people call Lindsey a "natural salesman." Lindsey cares and feels and is grateful and appreciative beyond words and measure to every single person who has ever and will ever contribute to Lindsey’s success, starting with the so many who came before them.

Aldo Solano   Aldo is a  DACA  recipient from the state of Colima, Mexico. Aldo grew up in the Willamette Valley where Aldo worked on extensive electoral and community based organizing with low income and  immigrant families. As the child of migrant farmworkers, Aldo’s upbringing instilled in Aldo the desire to fight for the underserved. In the past, Aldo has worked as the Special Projects Coordinator for the  CAPACES Leadership Institute  and as a Field Organizer for  Accion Politica PCUNista . Aldo also serves as a board member for  Farmworker Housing Development Corporation  and is a very active advocate in the national movement to pass a clean Dream Act bill. Most recently, Aldo has started a new role as the Policy Director for the  Oregon Latino Health Coalition .

Aldo Solano

Aldo is a DACA recipient from the state of Colima, Mexico. Aldo grew up in the Willamette Valley where Aldo worked on extensive electoral and community based organizing with low income and  immigrant families. As the child of migrant farmworkers, Aldo’s upbringing instilled in Aldo the desire to fight for the underserved. In the past, Aldo has worked as the Special Projects Coordinator for the CAPACES Leadership Institute and as a Field Organizer for Accion Politica PCUNista. Aldo also serves as a board member for Farmworker Housing Development Corporation and is a very active advocate in the national movement to pass a clean Dream Act bill. Most recently, Aldo has started a new role as the Policy Director for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition.

Elizabeth Woody   Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích'íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass, Jemez clan). Woody has published three books of poetry and also writes short fiction, essays and is a visual artist. She has been the recipient of the American Book Award and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995 and is currently Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody is alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through AIO’s Ambassadors program and she leads writing workshops, lectures and has served on multidisciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several foundations and arts organizations nationally. Woody is presently on the Board of Directors of Soapstone and Willamette University Advisory Council for Native Programs.

Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích'íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass, Jemez clan). Woody has published three books of poetry and also writes short fiction, essays and is a visual artist. She has been the recipient of the American Book Award and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995 and is currently Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody is alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through AIO’s Ambassadors program and she leads writing workshops, lectures and has served on multidisciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several foundations and arts organizations nationally. Woody is presently on the Board of Directors of Soapstone and Willamette University Advisory Council for Native Programs.