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OCPP Board of Directors

Current Directors

John Mullin, President. John Mullin, a founding member of OCPP, rejoined the board in February 2018. John retired after 43 years of human service administration and advocacy. He is interested in maintaining an active role in promoting progressive policies in Oregon. John has a Master's Degree in Urban Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Portland State University.

Mary King, Vice-President. Mary King is a labor economist and Professor Emerita of Economics at Portland State University (PSU). Her research has focused on the keys to economic equality for women, people of color, and people with low incomes. She served as Chair of the PSU Economics Department, President of the PSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as well as President of AAUP Oregon, and was a founding board member of Family Forward Oregon. A Rhodes Scholar, King earned her PhD in Economics at UC Berkeley.

Joe Rodriguez, Secretary. Joe Rodriguez retired after 35 years in education: 10 years as a social worker, teacher and administrator in Miami, FL and 25 years as a junior and senior high principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Hillsboro, OR School District. He has BA degrees in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina and a MEd degree and ABD in Educational Administration and Business Management from the University of Miami. Currently, he volunteers with Portland’s N/NE STEAM Coalition.

Karen Jacobson, Treasurer. Karen Jacobson is a CPA/CFP® member of the accounting firm of Ivey, Jacobson & Company LLC, emphasizing service to Oregon small businesses and their owners. She has a long history of board service for non-profits, has administered political campaigns, and is a founding member of Willamette Women Democrats.

Phil Barnhart. Phil Barnhart served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2001 to 2018, representing House District 11, encompassing much of central Lane and Linn Counties. Phil chaired the House Revenue Committee and the Joint Tax Credit Committee during much of his time in office. He is a graduate of South Eugene High School, the University of Oregon (where he got his B.A. and law degree), and the California School of Professional Psychology (where he obtained a PhD in psychology). Phil is both a former practicing attorney and psychologist.

Robert Landauer. Robert Landauer retired from The Oregonian after 39 years following service as reporter, financial editor, metropolitan editor, associate editor, editorial page editor and editorial columnist.

Jenny Lee. Jenny Lee is the Advocacy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, where she directs legislative, electoral, and community advocacy. Throughout her career she has worked to advance racial, social, and economic justice through policy and legislative advocacy in the nonprofit sector. Jenny holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Oregon.

Ken Lewis. Ken Lewis is a retired businessman who was president of the Port of Portland. He has a long history of working for social justice, civil rights, and arts issues and has served on numerous other government, arts, and community organizations. He was co-founder of the Oregon I Have a Dream Foundation.

Rolanda E. Lively. Rolanda Lively has practiced social work since the early 1990s. Rolanda received her B.S. in Social Work at Concordia University and is currently completing her Masters in Social Work with a concentration on Practicing Leadership and Community Organizing at Portland State University. Rolanda is committed to working on social issues to improve the health and well-being of all families in Oregon, with a focus on equity and inclusion related to education. Rolanda completed the Portland African American Leadership Academy in 2014 and continues to engage in community work. In her spare time Rolanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

Amanda Manjarez. Amanda Manjarrez is the Director of Advocacy at Latino Network. Prior to joining Latino Network, Amanda worked as the Advocacy Director for the Coalition of Communities of Color, and before then, she developed campaign strategies and advocated for progressive causes in New Mexico. Amanda brings creative leadership and a deep commitment to promoting social justice in her community.

Connie P. Ozawa. Connie P. Ozawa, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research has focused on how to design and facilitate equitable decision making processes in environmental policy and urban planning. She served as director of the Toulan School from 2009-2015, is co-chair of the national Planning Accreditation Board, and is director of the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program at PSU.

Melanni Rosales. Melanni Rosales is the Communications Director at Family Forward and its sister organization, The Mother PAC, where she develops and implements integrated communications strategies to fight for economic justice for Oregon women, caregivers, and their families. Melanni has a background in strategic and digital communications and has worked on statewide electoral and legislative campaigns, as well as with nonprofits, public-sector organizations, and socially responsible businesses in Oregon.