Cyreena Boston Ashby
Cyreena is the Program Director for the policy group, the Portland African American Leadership Forum, and last worked as the Deputy Director of Economic and Business Equity for Governor John Kitzhaber. Her political career began in 2005 as Oregon’s Constituency Director for the Democratic National Committee. In 2008 and 2009, she ran for the Oregon House of Representatives. She served as Campaign Deputy for Oregon for President Barack Obama and as Field Representative for Multnomah County for US Senator Jeff Berkley. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including Portland State’s Center for Women, Politics & Policy, the Urban League of Portland, North by Northeast Health Clinic, Open Meadow Alternative Schools, and Multnomah County’s Citizen Involvement Committee.
Jane Hardy Cease
Jane has long been active in her community and is a past president of the Portland League of Women Voters and the Portland Area Women’s Political Caucus.” She is a former State Representative and State Senator, serving a combined 13 years in the Oregon Legislature. She was the first woman to chair a legislative revenue committee. Jane is recognized as an architect of historic legislation in transportation and water policy. She was the first woman to direct the Oregon DMV. Jane is retired and currently serves as the chair of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Representative Margaret Doherty
Margaret was appointed to the Oregon State House of Representatives in August of 2009 and was elected for another two-year position in November of 2010. She spent most of her adult career working with public schools and public school educators. She taught high school at Milwaukie High School for 10 years, then went on to be a labor consultant for the Oregon Education Association for the next 22. Margaret is active in the Tigard community and serves on the Tigard Planning Commission, volunteers at the Tigard Public Library and is on the Advisory Board for the Tigard Chief of Police.
Kim Skerritt Duncan
Kim has a long career in marketing, communications, and government relations. Before her recent retirement, she was TriMet’s Executive Director for Marketing and Customer Service. Prior to that, Kim spent nearly ten years as the Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Planning at Oregon Public Broadcasting. She served Oregon’s Deputy Secretary of State under Clay Myers, was the first director of the state Government Practices and Standards Commission, and was twice elected to her local school board. Kim is the current chair of the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots.
Darr has been a passionate advocate for a woman’s right to choose for most of her adult life. She served on the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Board of Directors twice, including two stints as President (20 years apart). Darr is currently Office Manager for Lift Urban Portland, an ecumenical organization devoted to helping elderly and low-income residents of NW Portland. Darr is an active member of the Drammy Committee and an elected Precinct Committee person.
Mary Lou Hennrich
Mary Lou began her career as a public health nurse and is currently serves as the Executive Director of Oregon Public Health Institute. OPHI is an independent policy and advocacy organization dedicated to progressive public policy focused on preventing illness and promoting health in all people, especially those bearing the heaviest burden of disease–poor and vulnerable women and children. In 2006, Mary Lou ran for State Representative in House District 46, coming in second in a five-person Democratic primary. She has been and continues to be active as a volunteer in many campaigns, especially supporting progressive women candidates.
Representative Tina Kotek
Tina represents North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon House and is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. First elected in 2006 and in her third term, Representative Kotek is the House Democratic Caucus Leader and Co-Chair of the House Rules Committee. Before being elected, she worked as the Policy Director for the advocacy organization Children First for Oregon and as a Public Policy Advocate for the Oregon Food Bank. WINPAC supported Representative Kotek in her first race in 2004 and then again in 2006, when she garnered 50% of the vote in a three-way primary.
Jewel is one of the founders of WINPAC. She is the author of Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001, published in 2003, and is also the author of two books about women and politics (both now out-of-print). Jewel, who is a CPA and has a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, served twelve years as Portland’s elected city and county auditor. She was the Democratic nominee for Oregon State Treasurer in 1976 and 1980. Jewel is also the co-author, with journalist Fred Leeson, of Multnomah, The Tumultuous Story of Oregon’s Most Populous County, published in 2012.
Senator Diane Rosenbaum
Diane has represented District 21 in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie since 2008. Diane is the Senate Majority Leader. She previously served as Senate Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the Commerce & Workforce Development Committee. Prior to serving in the Senate, Diane served 10 years in the Oregon House, including many years in leadership positions such as House Speaker, Speaker Pro Tempore, House Democratic Whip, and Chair of the House Elections, Ethics and Rules Committee. Diane serves on the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force. She has served as Chair of the Oregon Commission for Women and of the Oregon Women’s Health & Wellness Alliance.
Cory recently completed an eight-year term as head of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, the state’s largest consumer protection and regulatory agency. She was previously general counsel to the Port of Portland, and before that legal counsel to the Governor. She has served on the boards of the Oregon and national ACLU, the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service, and the Portland Farmers’ Market. Currently, Cory is a founding board member of Oregon’s Health CO-OP, a start-up member-controlled health insurance alternative; serves on the Portland City Club Research Board; and works part-time as a financial counselor for NEDCO, a non-profit community development corporation involved in foreclosure prevention and financial education.
Lauren is WINPAC’s former Executive Director and is currently working as Finance Director for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. Her experience includes political campaigns, non-profit fundraising, and engaging college students in the political process.
Joan has been WINPAC’s Treasurer since 1995. She is a CPA and is the Chief Financial Officer for REACH Community Development, Inc.
Cheryl joined WINPAC as Office Manager in November 2010. She brings more than 25 years of non-profit office management experience to WINPAC.