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.