Ann KirkpatrickSquarespace, Team LeadMore
Ann Kirkpatrick is a Portlander enthusiastic about social justice, especially reproductive healthcare access and affordability. Alongside her career at Squarespace as a manager in the customer operations side of its website building platform, she has dedicated the past four years to organizing with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. As a member of PPAO's Leadership and Advocacy Team, Ann lobbied in Salem for a twelve-month dispensation of birth control and for the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which expands access to free reproductive healthcare for Oregonians.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in History and Spanish from Scripps College, a women's college in Claremont, California. Her honors thesis examines cultural attitudes toward sex workers amid political upheaval leading up to the Spanish Civil War. A former college radio talk show host, Ann enjoys producing radio stories and creating podcasts. She has worked with the Media Institute for Social Change to produce its program "The Non-Profit Hour" for XRAY.FM in Portland. A story she produced on grassroots abortion funds aired on XRAY.FM in 2017 as part of its post-presidential election programming. Ann grew up in the Portland metropolitan area, where she continues to live and work. She is fond of knitting socks, practicing yoga, trying out new recipes, and tending to her houseplants.Less
Brit EaganKelly OCG, Project ManagerMore
Brit Eagan is a Project Manager tasked wi.th supporting Intel events worldwide. She recently made the leap from Early Childhood Education to her current role and is excited about the new opportunities to travel, work collaboratively across disciplines, and utilize creativity to bring her clients' visions to life. Brit recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.
An Oregon native, Brit grew up three hours south of Portland in the much smaller town of Roseburg, OR. She is eternally grateful for the creative community she found there through school drama and choir programs, as well as Umpqua Actors Community Theatre (UACT) and the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival, which she credits with sparking her passion at a young age. As of today, she has performed in over 25 musical theatre productions and has 7 years’ experience in various vocal ensembles. Beginning as a summer volunteer with Riverbend Live Youth Theatre Camp in Winston, OR, Brit discovered a love for teaching which ultimately led her to become an educator in Portland and Beaverton, OR. She harnesses her passion to inspire young people to get involved in the arts and to use their voices for positive change. Brit believes that equal access to quality education is the most powerful tool we have to bring about progress and equality.
In her spare time, Brit can be found trying out new recipes, reading, singing, and writing poetry.Less
Cara SandelsAmigos de las Americas, Training and Outreach DirectorMore
Cara Sandels a public health advocate who is passionate about social justice, sustainable development, and global health. She is currently the Training and Outreach Director for the Portland Chapter of Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS), a nonprofit organization that provides innovative leadership training to young people across the Americas who want to become catalysts for social change. Cara has been fortunate to travel and work in Panama, Honduras, Peru, and Paraguay through the program and recently returned from her role as Project Director over the summer in Azuero, Panama.
Originally from Portland, Cara recently relocated back to the city after nearly eight years away studying and working in Atlanta and New York City. She received her BA from Emory University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Global Health and is now completing her Master’s in Public Health through a blended online and on-campus program at the University of California, Berkeley. In New York City, she served at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for two years coordinating a new health care program for low-income immigrants. Prior to that, she completed a fellowship as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also at the NYC Department of Health, primarily focusing on preventing sexually transmitted infections and improving access to healthcare.
Cara takes on an active role advocating for the rights of undocumented immigrants throughout the United States and is passionate about improving the plight of refugees around the world. She loves working internationally as well as getting involved in immigrant groups in her local community. In her personal life, Cara enjoys being a dedicated cat mom of two, traveling, and yoga classes that she can fit in after she finishes her homework. She is very excited to gain skills through the NLC program that will allow her to further her career and continue to hone the intersection of her varied interests.Less
Danielle OlsonHatch Innovation, Program DirectorMore
Danielle is the Program Director at Hatch Innovation. She co-manages the non-profit's operations and leads programming efforts for social entrepreneurs; including educational content, partnerships, and events. Prior to Hatch, she was working independently as a Visual Strategist, making the complex digestible for social enterprises and non-profits. She acquired her MFA in Collaborative Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she now also teaches Cultural Entrepreneurship.
Danielle is passionate about getting resources and knowledge into the hands of communities who could most use them to address issues of equity. She likes to geek out on systems thinking and human behavior in her free time in addition to chanterelle hunting.Less
Emma Arnesty-GoodPSU – School of Social Work, Research AssistantMore
Emma believes in collective liberation. As a result, her path has been circuitous. Originally hailing from the Mission district in San Francisco, CA, Emma crossed the country to attend Tufts University in Boston, only to return to the West each summer for a season of guiding trips down wild rivers, each with its own foreboding canyon name: Mule Creek, Impassable, and Desolation. This annual migration delayed any thoughts of office jobs or career planning. Thank God. Instead, it deepened her connection to the natural world and strengthen her ethic of stewardship for the land.
Emma’s work as a guide also informed her studies. Graduating with a degree in American Studies, and a concentration in Health and Environment, Emma gained a critical framework for understanding environmental inequity and injustice. Applying these skills, Emma spearheaded the launch of an educational enrichment program with the Mystic River Watershed Association that brought local environmental science and stewardship curriculum to six public school districts in the urban watershed. Terrified by the 2016 election and what it meant for reproductive rights, Emma also became involved with Planned Parenthood as a Health Center Advocate, collecting stories and support from patients in the waiting room of the clinic.
Five years of Boston winters was enough for Emma, and she moved to Portland on a whim (and a family she took down the river kindly offered to house her). Seeking to reconnect with her passion for reproductive rights and gender-based work, Emma volunteered as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with the Multnomah County DA’s office. In her role, Emma responded to assaults at local hospitals, providing support to survivors of sexual assault throughout their physical examination and police report. Emma’s move to Portland spurred her involvement in the Portland co-counseling community, a grassroots peer-counseling community that attempts to heal from oppressive systems.
As a young, passionate professional, Emma is currently working as a research assistant for a PhD Candidate at the PSU School of Social Work, who is investigating the experiences of sexual harassment and assault survivors in the military and the social, political, and institutional environments that permit gender-based violence to occur. Emma’s role in the research gives her plenty to consider while working as a Sexuality Education Fellow for the Oregon Department of Education where she helps to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to teach comprehensive sexuality education in K-12 classrooms. As a volunteer with Planned Parenthood’s Leadership and Advocacy Team, she uses her knowledge and skills to organize for ongoing political education.
When she’s not nursing the many progressive issues she’s passionate about, Emma enjoys reading fiction (and sometimes writing it), running, and making sloppy art projects.Less
Irene RouttéUniversity of Portland, Program Manager Service & JusticeMore
Irene Routté is originally from Pennsylvania but has moved around between Seattle, the Bronx, and Boston- landing in Portland just three years ago. She currently manages the Program in Service and Social Justice at the University of Portland, where she has the privilege of working with students who are passionate about how they can create more loving and just communities. Irene is dedicated to creating restorative, inclusive spaces, where students feel seen, feel heard and are believed; where students bring their whole story and their full selves, as they reflect on and engage with the most difficult social questions that face us today.
Previous to entering the field of higher education, Irene worked as a Case Manager for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee youth under the Office of Refugee Resettlement. What continuously grounded her in the work was having the opportunity to be witness to the stories of migration and resettlement; the stories of trauma but also of incredible resiliency. This experience continues to drive her to engage issues related to immigrant rights and immigration policy. She has been incredibly energized by the work being done locally by Unite Oregon and IMIRJ. She is particularly interested in facilitating more spaces to dialogue about the intersections of race and immigration.
Irene has been trained in mindful facilitation and listening, spiritual direction, restorative justice practices, and bystander intervention techniques. She enjoys creating and facilitating retreats and workshops, based in an anti-oppression, anti-racist framework, for local groups and organizations, and hopes to do this on a larger scale in the future. She also provides consultation and research for Three Stones International Consulting; with her focus being on refugee populations and border studies in Central and East Africa.
Irene holds a Masters in Anthropology of Religion from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and African American Studies from Princeton University.Less
Irene SquizzatoCordilleran Tours/First Nature Tours, Media Relations Specialist and Destination ExpertMore
Originally from northern Italy, Irene has now been calling Portland home for the last 5 years. Here, she worked for a PR agency that specialized in strategic communications and branding for small-to-medium food and beverage artisans. As the senior account executive at Watershed Communications, she was lucky to work closely with great local and national distillers, chefs, brewers, cheesemongers, and winemakers. Thanks to that experience, she developed a wide roster of media contacts and influencers, like James-Beard award winner Paul Kahan, and book author Paul Greenberg.
Two years ago, she started working for a small boutique tour operator that focuses on crafting culturally-rich land trips for Universities' alumni, private clubs, non-profit organizations like Sierra Club, and travelers with an interest in going off the beaten path. She helped designing itineraries, assisted in setting up the logistics, managed B2B and B2C communications, and led tours in the peak of the season. Over the past few months, she has been leading media and trade FAM trips in the Pacific Northwest, expanding her network of international media contacts.
Work has brought Irene to focus on communication and tourism, nonetheless, her academic background is in political science and international relations. She graduated from the University of Pavia with a magna cum laude degree in "Economics and Politics of International Institutions". Her master's thesis presented the two faces of the debate concerning the adoption of GMOs in the African market. Looking back at her path, she realizes how the research was done to capture that debate, brought her to become more and more familiar with Carlo Petrini and Raj Patel's teaching and activism. They, together with other food policies advocates, have been fundamental in shaping Irene's adult consciousness, and her interest in working with Slow Food and Terra Madre.
Irene is excited to join the NLC and work on developing a culinary project that involves refugees and immigrants women.
Janel HullChickTech, Portland Program ManagerMore
Janel Hull is the Program Manager for ChickTech, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of girls and women in technical careers. In her role, she manages all ChickTech Portland educational programs including Middle School programs, High School Programs, Career Events, the ACT-W Conference, and the launch of ChickTech: College. As a community organizer, she empowers volunteers, engages youth, develops technical curriculum, and builds community partnerships. Janel is a tireless advocate for diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She is passionate about educating the next generation of diverse science and technology leaders. Janel knows that both diverse perspectives and STEM can help us solve real-world problems.
Prior to her work with ChickTech, Janel studied biology at Lewis and Clark College. She spent the majority of her science career as a field biologist hiking volcanoes, mapping watersheds, and studying plants. When working on research projects in Hawaii, she would helicopter into 10-day field trips in the wilderness with her all-male field team and male supervisor. Her experiences in homogenous STEM fields sparked her desire to build a diverse and inclusive STEM community. After transitioning from scientific research, she worked for Johnson Creek Watershed Council, a science education nonprofit. She worked to run Citizen Science programs that engaged diverse communities and youth in hands-on science. Janel continues to pursue her passion for science as a member of the Board of Directors of STEM Like a Girl and as a science education volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
A passion for science runs in Janel’s family. She immigrated to the United States as a kid to chase her father’s earthquake geology career. She grew up in science museums and at fault lines in both New Zealand, California, and Oregon. She strives to create a world where all youth have the same access to a science education that she did.Less
Janna NewmanDHS, Support StaffMore
Janna Newman is a Human Service Specialist at the North Clackamas branch of Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Specialists provide assistance to individuals and families seeking services by providing specialized assistance on behalf of program staff. Janna helps to guide customers of Self Sufficiency Programs (SSP) through the sharing of rules, policies, procedures, and programs in collaboration with other branch staff. She assists customers in meeting emergent needs for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Family's (TNAF), and Employment Related Day Care(ERDC). Janna is passionate about providing anti-oppressive practices to better serve participants in need, treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
As a Ford Foundation recipient and scholar, Janna received a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Work program at Portland State University. She plans to earn her Master’s degree in Policy for Social Work at PSU.
Janna has volunteered at The Living Room of Clackamas County, helping to support LGBTQIA youth activities and events. She has helped Planned Parenthood with phone banking and event execution. She is an active member of her community garden and often speaks on behalf of the people in her community. Janna is a board member of the Residence Advisory Board for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, where she hopes to help bridge the gap between Law Enforcement and the community in order to create a safer environment and encourage community engagement within her neighborhood.
In her free time, Janna paints and hides rocks as part of several groups in and around the Portland Metro Area. She loves going to the beach and spending time outdoors and embracing nature. She enjoys exercising and has been on a weight loss journey, losing over 90 lbs., which has inspired others around her to live a healthier lifestyle.Less
Jillian JohnsenTransition Projects, Housing Case ManagerMore
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.Less
Joanie WangExpensify, Head of MarketingMore
Joanie is a marketing and communications generalist interested in human behavior and the psychology behind what incentivizes people to action — whether that is increased civic engagement or purchasing a product. A Boston native, she currently heads up marketing at Expensify. Since joining in 2014, she has helped grow Expensify into the most recognizable expense management platform in the space through unconventional means, including ExpensiCon - the industry’s first all-expenses-paid thought leadership conference. She also wrote the industry’s go-to guide on preaccounting, spearheaded the launch of some of Expensify’s biggest initiatives including the ExpensifyApproved! Program, the CPA.com partnership, and Expensify Australia, and continues to grow Expensify’s brand both globally, as well as locally in Portland, with a world-class team.
Joanie holds a BA from Tufts University, with a double major in International Relations and East Asian Studies. She is passionate about finding creative ways to connect businesses with local community-driven initiatives as a means to build community and increase civic engagement, particularly in the areas of arts and education.Less
Kanika AgrawalHitachi Consulting, Senior ConsultantMore
Kanika is a business consultant with an expertise in industrial IoT and a passion for sustainability. At Hitachi Consulting, she uses sensor analytics to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste in industries such as consumer packaged goods, electronics, and construction. She has been an advocate for LGBTQ equality in the corporate world and successfully amended multiple company policies to establish parity and eliminate possible sources of discrimination in the workplace. Recently, her love for animals led her to serve as an advisor for the Leap Venture Studio which featured six companies from around the globe that are making a difference in the pet ecosystem.
Prior to her foray into consulting, Kanika was a process engineer with Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group - a role that piqued her interest in the people impact of advanced innovation and automation. She co-founded a design & engineering firm focused on creating clean energy solutions inspired by the art of origami and actively engages with the Portland startup community. Kanika enjoys leveraging her varied background to uplift the work of other diverse founders and is a mentor for the Portland Incubator Experiment.
Kanika was born and raised in Mumbai, India and moved to the US in 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Although she cannot vote yet, Kanika likes to stay involved in local politics by canvassing for progressive ballot measures and volunteering at voter registration drives. She is a lifelong supporter of Liverpool F.C. and an amateur field hockey player. Kanika loves Oregon’s natural beauty and you’re likely to find her rock climbing or hiking with her pets on most (sunny) weekends.Less
Kenya JuarezStrategies 360, Communications AssociateMore
Kenya Juarez grew up in rural Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and History. After graduating, she interned with Cambia Health Solutions and helped drive their message of health care transformation across digital channels.
It was in this role that Kenya slowly started to see that there weren’t a lot of people that looked like her in leadership. And, that people experiencing health care disparities were people that did look like her. After her internship ended, Kenya started working in her current role at Strategies 360 as a Communications Associate. She supports the firm’s clients with social media, digital activism and grassroots organizing to advance their progressive causes.
Kenya is determined to bring lasting change to the communities she grew up in. She’s a fierce advocate for racial equity, health care, and housing. Kenya assisted with the internal and external communications to pass Measure 101 — a statewide ballot initiative that will fund the state’s Medicaid program and ensure access to health care for low-income adults and children across Oregon. She also helped with the digital activism and social media strategy to pass the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act.
In her free time, Kenya enjoys going to concerts, going to coffee shops and catching a Blazers game.Less
Keri HuntCLEAResult, Incentive Processing and Contact Center ManagerMore
Keri Hunt is currently the Incentive Processing and Contact Center Manager working with a nationwide energy efficiency consulting firm.
Keri was born and raised in Freehold, New Jersey and spent the last decade living in Upstate New York and New Jersey working on various contracts for her employer. After being relocated with her husband to the Pacific Northwest with her company, she is beginning engagement within her community to order to expand her opportunities and circle of influence. Keri is looking to return to school to continue her degree in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. From an early age, Keri has been fascinated by law and politics, equal rights and the desire to make change and impact at a high level. This passion was affirmed several years ago during a trip to Washington, D.C. She has continued to cultivate these interests through her career with implementations of various learning opportunities and mentorship programs, as well as participation in her local Environmental Commission and the Center for American Women in Politics, NEW Leadership, Class of 2017.
Through the New Leaders Council, Keri is excited to further her network of like-minded individuals while continuing to develop her interest in Policy and Advocacy, Human Rights and Environmental issues.
Kristin SellersDL Design, AutoCAD TechnicianMore
Kristin Sellers is an emerging professional who aspires to utilize her GIS and data visualization skills for social change. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). During her studies, she worked on a variety of community mapping projects and co-organized a conference that explored how GIS can be utilized as a tool for community empowerment and supporting social movements.
Kristin has since collaborated with a team of developers on maps and data visualizations at Hack Oregon, a non-profit that specializes in making data accessible, and is also working on a variety of collaborative cartography projects. When she is not creating maps, Kristin enjoys reading science fiction, drawing, ringing in a handbell choir and discovering new music.Less
Lindsey SadlouPlanned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Field OrganizerMore
Lindsey Sadlou is a field organizer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon based in her hometown, Portland, OR. As the Northern Region Field Organizer, Lindsey works with passionate volunteers and community members to build grassroots power within the Reproductive Rights and Social Justice movement. She recently completed her first ballot measure campaign, serving as a Regional Field Director with the No Cuts to Care: No on Measure 106 campaign to protect public funding of abortion for all Oregonians.
Her previous experience as an activist and organizer focused on environmental advocacy, from marching in the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City to community outreach and art-builds in New Orleans. Lindsey received her BA from Bennington College in 2016, where she studied Ecology and Political Economics.Less
Milo DittrichGirl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program SpecialistMore
Milo Dittrich comes to the table to create, deliver, and sustain innovative solutions to complex social problems, especially those involving justice system-impacted adults, children, and Communities.
Milo believes in the power of storytelling and creative expression to build resilience and understanding. He is committed to centering voices that are muted or relegated to the margins, and to using his own voice to interrupt oppression and inspire action. He is a natural collaborator and communicator, with an unwavering commitment to social justice.
Milo’s work has taken him within the walls of over 20 state or federal correctional facilities across the nation. As a field interviewer for the Bureau of Justice Statistics Survey of Prison Inmates, he was deeply impacted by the realities faced by adults in custody in the United States, as well as the nature of national research.
In his current role with the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, Milo designs and facilitates trauma-informed leadership development programming for girls and their incarcerated mothers, while providing support to families and caregivers throughout Oregon. He has recently led efforts to create reentry programming for girls and women post-release.
Milo has also taught or facilitated person-centered classes and workshops in correctional facilities for men, women, and juveniles through programs including the Inside-Out Prison Exchange and The Beat Within. He currently serves on the Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents Committee, and as a volunteer facilitator for Resolutions Northwest.
Milo is part of the LGBTQ* community and is an advocate for transgender and gender diverse adults, youth, and children. He actively works to shift culture within his organization, the justice system, and the community as a whole to protect - and honor - all identities.
Milo attended New York University where he studied Critical Theory and Analysis. He later completed minors in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Gender, Sexuality & Queer Studies at Portland State University. His continued learning has centered on equity, inclusion, and anti-racist approaches to education and systems change.Less
Nick CainGoogle, Manager, Google.orgMore
Nick currently leads a team responsible for skilled volunteering programs at Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Working to accelerate the impact of Google.org’s nonprofit grantees, Nick’s team develops and manages global programs to connect nonprofits to the expertise and skills of Google engineers, product managers, designers, and more. Previously, Nick co-developed Google.org’s two-year, $50M commitment to support tech-based solutions to close gaps in global education. He has developed and managed over $40M in grants to nonprofits using technology and innovation to address global challenges, with an emphasis on education and disabilities.
Before joining Google, Nick was the first employee at Vittana, a non-profit that pioneered the development of student loan products for the microfinance market, where he managed partnerships across 11 countries in Latin America and Africa.
Nick also brings a mix of progressive professional and volunteer experience to NLC, from organizing on President Obama’s 2008 campaign in North Carolina, to working as a DC-based legal assistant on landmark fair lending and fair housing lawsuits, to knocking doors for reform-minded school board candidates in Oakland, CA.
Nick earned a bachelor's in American Studies from Columbia University and an MBA with honors from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he was Co-Chair of the Global Social Venture Competition. Nick has also served as an advisor to nonprofits Carbon Roots International and Trek to Teach.Less
See Eun KimStudent; Child AdvocateMore
See Eun Kim is a passionate advocate for children’s rights. As a former elementary school educator, she witnessed inefficiencies within the educational system. Soon after, her work evolved from providing classroom instruction to providing a voice to children.
See Eun serves as the Executive Director for InspireGen, a nonprofit organization that provides community-based scholarship funding, as well as mentorship for disadvantaged students.
In addition, she serves vulnerable children and families by working with meaningful organizations, such as Start Making A Reader Today, Neighborhood House, and American Cancer Society. Notably, in her role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, See Eun represents neglected foster children who are under the court’s protection.
As a member of the Hillsboro School District’s Curriculum Advisory Committee, See Eun shapes the district’s curriculum design and instructional programs. In addition, as a member of the Career and College Pathways Steering Committee, See Eun also enhances local high school students’ career readiness by engaging with local business communities that provide numerous technical training.
Before teaching, she worked with various global nonprofit organizations, providing sustainable impact through disaster preparedness and capacity building of health systems in developing and post-conflict countries. See Eun was successful in leading field operations in sixteen different countries and implementing global security policies. Notably, at Medical Teams International, See Eun established the national standard emergency medical services in Cambodia and facilitated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene projects in Guatemala in partnership with Providence Health International.
Growing up in Beaverton and being a graduate of the University of Oregon, she is deeply committed to the state of Oregon. She is an avid traveler, having been to 20 countries (and counting). In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new hiking trails in the PNW and volunteering in her nephew’s classroom.Less
Thomas KimDavis Wright Tremaine LLP, AttorneyMore
Thomas Kim is the very first DACA-status attorney in the state of Oregon. While serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division, Thomas advocated for and served the 120,000+ law students in the entire U.S. Notably, Thomas persuaded the ABA House of Delegates to adopt Resolution 108, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain admission to the bar and practice law in all 50 U.S. states plus territories.
Thomas came to this country lawfully with his Korean family when he was a teenager, but was denied green cards due to the actions of an unscrupulous immigration lawyer. That experience, and the desire to provide vulnerable people with the help they need is what inspired Thomas to pursue a legal career.
Thomas has become a high-profile advocate not just for aspiring lawyers but for all immigrants who, like him, are benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Thomas’ inspiring story of trying to make a valuable contribution to this country, and his well-spoken advocacy for DACA recipients, have been featured by media outlets that include CNN, USA Today, AP, The National Law Journal, The Arizona Republic, and The Oregonian. In addition, by serving as a mentor in various organizations, Thomas empowers and reminds immigrant youth that they, too, can do it.
Thomas graduated as a full-tuition merit scholar from both Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington) and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Since federal aid and student loans weren’t available to Thomas, he had to work long hours outside of school to afford room, board, and textbooks.
In addition to serving as the Site Director at Homeless Legal Assistance Project of A New Leaf – La Mesita for three years in Phoenix, Arizona, Thomas also worked at Federal Public Defender (Capital Habeas Unit) and at Maricopa County (the fourth most populous county in the U.S.) as Certified Limited Licensed Practice Public Defender Attorney.
Currently, as an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland, Oregon, Thomas passionately provides pro bono representation for his clients and enjoys helping startup companies grow in various industries.
Thomas is always looking for opportunities to love his neighbors in the most practical sense and is eager to achieve justice for the immigrant and low-income communities by providing the highest quality legal services. Thomas is also an avid beat-boxer, hiker, and a pianist.Less
Victor is a first generation Mexican American who grew up in rural Nevada. After attending UCLA film school Victor worked briefly in entertainment before taking a circuitous route to government. He eventually landed a job at the regional office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid in Reno, NV. After several years working there, Victor attended Lewis & Clark Law School and thereafter pursued his current career as a Deputy District Attorney working in Portland, Oregon. In his free time he enjoys fishing, traveling, running and the arts.Less
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