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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.

Iden Campbell. Iden is the Racial Justice and Trans Justice Program Director at Basic Rights Oregon, where he develops and designs workplace equity trainings for community businesses, government agencies, and other non-profits. A nationally-recognized LGBTQ activist and speaker, focusing on social justice for transgender people, Iden is also an advocate for those with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities and works in suicide prevention and mental health activism. Iden enjoys collecting comic books, comic con, college sports, camping, sailing, and power boating. Pronouns: Iden/He/Him/They/Them

Philip Kennedy-Wong. Phillip is the Senior Government Relations Specialist for Oregon at Strategies 360. A graduate of Western State Center's leadership institute on community organizing, he has nearly two decades of expertise in community relations, political communications, and legislative coalition building. Previously, Phillip led Oregon Food Bank’s state advocacy program where he was successful in securing public funds and advancing policies to fight hunger. He has also served as Government Relations Manager for Multnomah County and Director Of Public Policy for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

Jes Larson. Jes Larson is the Housing Policy Program Manager at Metro, where she works to advance housing policy solutions for the region, to ensure home is a place everyone in greater Portland can count on. Previous to her work in public policy, Jes spent a decade as a case manager helping seniors and people with mental health conditions move from homelessness into housing stability. Later she helped to build and direct the Welcome Home Coalition, a grassroots movement that led successful campaigns to secure new funding for affordable homes. In addition to affordable housing, Jes likes cats, marching bands, and a fried egg on everything.

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.

Deborah Riddick. Deborah is the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), representing the interests of 15,000 unionized Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners in Oregon. A public policy and community engagement expert, Deborah has nearly 30 years of experience, advancing nursing practice, health equity and community initiatives in Oregon, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As an educator, she has taught courses in U.S. Health Policy, and Health Law & Ethics, and has presented, nationally, on topics such as health equity, social determinants of health, strategic advocacy and community engagement. She is a registered nurse who holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Social Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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.