Jane Hardy Cease*, Vice Chair, 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.
Kim Skerritt Duncan* 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 also the incoming chair of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Darr Durham 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 chairs the Drammy Committee, which awards excellence in local theatre. As an elected Precinct Committee person, she can be seen going door to door in NE Portland during election seasons. She works at LNS Captioning.
Nikki Fisher is the former Executive Director of the Oregon Bus Project, empowering and engaging youth in their community and politics at large. Presently she is working in Governor Kate Brown’s office. She has served as Senator Sara Gelser’s Chief of Staff in the historic 2015 legislative session, where she helped Sen. Gelser pass landmark laws protecting domestic workers, campus sexual assault survivors, and LGBTQ Oregonians. Before that, she served as Sen. Gelser’s campaign manager. Before her foray into candidate politics, she ran the Eugene Office for Oregon United for Marriage, and spent four years running field and advocacy with the ACLU of Florida.
Mary Lou Hennrich 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.
Jewel Lansing 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.
Ariel Nelson left the City of Portland Office of Government Relations to direct legislative activity for the Oregon Housing and Community Services division. Prior to joining the office she served as the Legislative Aide to State Senator Ginny Burdick, where she focused on tax policy, gun safety legislation, and constituent services. A Pacific Northwest native, Ariel was raised in Medford, Oregon. She earned her undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Politics and Spanish and her law degree from the University of Oregon with a focus on public interest law and public defense. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping on the West Coast.
Diane Rosenbaum served in Salem on behalf of Senate District 21 in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie since 2008. Diane has been the Senate Majority Leader and the President Pro-Temp. 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 also served as Chair of the Oregon Commission for Women and of the Oregon Women’s Health & Wellness Alliance.
Andee Short*, Chair, attended the George Washington University where she studied US History. She now works as Legislative Assistant to House Speaker Tina Kotek and has worked for former State Senators Jackie Dingfelder and Suzanne Bonamici, all former WINPAC candidates. Recently completing her Master’s degree from Lewis & Clark, she is prepared to teach in- and out – of the classroom. Andee teaches US history to high school seniors as a volunteer coach of the national championship winning Grant High School Constitution Team.
Alison Towle-Moore*, Treasurer, has lended her talents to WINPAC after being an on going supporter. With 2017 spurring her into action, Alison is using her experience in project management and finance to keep us compliant with the state ~ ensuring that every penny available can go to elect women to serve in Salem.
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Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson was elected to her Gresham-area seat in the Oregon Senate in 2004 after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. A proud mother of two and a retired public health nurse, she has spent her career looking after the health and well-being of Oregonians. In addition to her work in the Legislature, she serves on many boards including the Human Solutions Board, the Oregon League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Oregon Child Care Commission and Stand for Children.
Speaker Tina Kotek 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.
House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson has been representing West Portland House District 36 since 2012. After her first term in the Oregon House, Jennifer was elected Majority Leader. Throughout her professional career as a successful attorney, Jennifer has continuously advocated to protect women’s rights and promote inclusive health care policies for all Oregonians, serving as Chair of the Board for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and on the Board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Representative Barbara Smith Warner has represented House District 45 (NE Portland, Maywood Park and Parkrose) since December 2013. Prior to her appointment to the state legislature, Barbara served as Portland field representative for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, where she worked to ensure that the people’s voices were heard in DC. Prior to working for Senator Wyden, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as a grassroots and community organizer, giving working families have a stronger voice in government and fighting for economic fairness. Representative Smith Warner has two children, and is an involved PTA member and community volunteer.
Niki Terzieff has been WINPAC’s Executive Director since 2013 and has been working to direct finance for successful campaigns and various PACs since 2004.