Makenzie Marineau is a native Oregonian who grew up on the south coast and began her college education as a collegiate athlete playing softball and volleyball, before earning a Bachelor of Arts in New Media Communications with an additional focus on political science from Oregon State University. She finds herself once again living in Portland, Oregon where she is the Communications Manager for Camp Fire Columbia, a youth development nonprofit. While her main job duties are communication related, she also is a licensed child care provider and works within Camp Fire's programming and is a certified facilitator for challenge courses at their overnight youth camp.
Before joining Camp Fire Columbia, Makenzie held a diverse range of roles related to journalism and communications, community advocacy, and political affairs. She has been employed by a number of departments at Oregon State University, was the Field Director for a statewide political campaign for the current Oregon Governor, produced multimedia for numerous publications and small businesses, worked from the road on a nationwide social justice bus tour, and managed the external affairs for the Port of Coos Bay. During her time at the Port she advocated and represented the region on a state and federal level, and aided in securing over $11M in federal grant money for transportation infrastructure.
As a passionate volunteer, Makenzie has spent years giving time to lead service-learning projects, coach youth in athletics, and mentor foster care youth since her late teens. Currently she's a Head Coach for Girls on the Run and volunteers with the Advocacy Leadership Program at the YWCA of Greater Portland. As an avid outdoorswoman she is also a member of a handful of organizations who work to educate people about our public lands and the importance of conservation.
Growing up in rural Oregon, working with and advocating for rural communities to foster economic growth is very important to her, as well as developing and making opportunities for woman, people of color, and LGBTQ+ to be involved in policy making. Her love for people and relationship building is evident within the work she has done. She is always thriving to connect, engage, and empower people.