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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.

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.

Amanda Manjarez. Amanda Manjarrez is the Public Policy and Government Affairs Director of the Chalkboard Project. Previously, Amanda was the Director of Advocacy at Latino Network, where she developed the organization’s statewide policy agenda, oversaw civic leadership programs, and managed coalition relationships at the federal, state, and local level. She has also served as Advocacy Director for the Coalition of Communities of Color, and as Chief Strategist at the Center for Civic Policy in Albuquerque. Amanda brings creative leadership and a deep commitment to promoting social justice in her community.

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.