Jillian Johnsen
Transition Projects, Housing Case Manager

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Jillian's progressive upbringing reflects in her efforts to improve her community.  Before graduating from Portland State University with a Bachelor's in Political Science, Jillian worked at Bradley Angle with survivors of domestic violence.  She also served as an intern and then as Legislative Aide to State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer for two legislative sessions.

After graduation, Jillian spent over two years running political field campaigns for progressive Democrats and a statewide ballot initiative. In 2016, that ballot initiative was successfully passed into law, and it fully funded Outdoor School for every single child in the state of Oregon for a full week.

Armed with her degree and political experience, Jillian began working at Transition Projects, a nonprofit which transitions people from homelessness into housing.  In total, she now has over three years of experience serving cisgender and transgender women experiencing homelessness.

Jillian is also a proud Union member of AFSCME. After a year of organizing her coworkers towards negotiating for living wages, Jillian is set to speak on a panel to hundreds of Volunteer Member Organizers on how to effectively motivate and lead coworkers into acquiring living wages. In December 2018, she will graduate AFSCME Local 88’s first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Training Program.  In addition, she was also nominated by her Union to be one of the youngest members of the 2018 - 2019 cohort of the Oregon Labor Candidate School.

Should her training continue as planned, Jillian will run for state office.