Cyreena Boston Ashby* 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 Merkley. 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*, 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.
Jamie Damon has lived in Oregon over 30 years and in Eagle Creek, located in rural Clackamas County, for nearly 20 years. Jamie has worked as a mediator and facilitator with individuals, citizen groups and all levels of government to guide individuals and groups through controversial and highly contentious situations. She is recognized throughout the Northwest for her ability to bring people together and resolve longstanding community conflict. Jamie has successfully designed, facilitated and managed the public process around transportation, land use, natural resources, emergency services, internal work teams, historic preservation and legislative issues.
Kim Skerritt Duncan*, Chair, 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 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 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.
Nikki Fisher is presently the Executive Director of the Oregon Bus Project, empowering and engaging youth in their community and politics at large. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ariel Nelson joined the City of Portland Office of Government Relations in September of 2014. 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.
Senator Diane Rosenbaum 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.
Andee Short* 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. Andee also teaches US history to high school seniors as a volunteer coach of the national championship winning Grant High School Constitution Team.
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.
Cory Streisinger 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.
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.
Leslie Wright was driven by her passion for women’s rights early on in life; volunteering at a domestic violence shelter as an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence, organizing high school and college students around reproductive justice issues, and more. Fueled by a desire to create a more equitable political system, Leslie launched into political work working with young people to inspire civic action. She’s worked in the Oregon State Senate for Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and has ran few of campaigns, including Jamie Damon’s campaign for State Senate. She is deeply passionate about women’s rights, and is excited to be apart of WIN PAC to elect more pro-choice, diverse democratic women to office.
Niki Terzieff has been WINPAC’s Executive Director since 2013. She is President of Leading Edge Public Affairs and has been working to direct finance for successful campaigns and various PACs since 2004.
Joan Cook has been WINPAC’s Treasurer since 1995. She is a CPA and is the Chief Financial Officer for REACH Community Development, Inc.
Cheryl Bristah joined WINPAC as Office Manager in November 2010. She brings more than 25 years of non-profit office management experience to WINPAC.