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Dustin joined the OLCV team in September 2013 after having participated in the Bus Project’s Politicorps fellowship, an intense summer-long program geared toward preparing leaders for careers in public service. Newly degree-minted, Dustin recently graduated in May 2013 from Willamette University where he studied economics and politics. Throughout his college career Dustin has involved himself in varying political spheres, from interning with Senator Alan Bates (D – Ashland) in the legislature to campaigning for Governor John Kitzhaber in 2010. He’s also observed first-hand the machinations of state while interning with the Legislative Revenue Office. When he’s not building an army of enviros, you’ll probably catch him out for a run, reading at Powell’s or simply exploring and appreciating life’s nuances.
Robin joined OLCV's staff after serving as Development Director at Columbia Riverkeeper and as Development Associate at Environment Oregon. She started her career running field and fundraising offices for progressive causes and political campaigns. A native Northwesterner, Robin grew up in Seattle on the Puget Sound and has lived in Oregon for five years after a brief stint in Los Angeles. Robin got her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and currently serves on the board of EarthShare Oregon and Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board. She was inspired to work on environmental issues by her grandmother Helen Engle, a longtime environmental advocate, organizer, and general muckraker. Her perfect day consists of a kayak, a river, and a local IPA.
Willamette Valley Engagement Organizer
Megen joined the OLCV team in April 2014 after working as an organizer with SEIU on the Affordable Care Act enrollment campaign. She first got involved in organizing and Oregon politics after completing a fellowship with the Bus Project. Megen grew up in the suburbs of Portland before graduating from University of Oregon in Economics and Public Policy. In college, she focused on alternative transportation options, issues certainly dependent on the quality of the environment. Megen likes to travel and has spent time in South Africa and the Netherlands, allowing her an international perspective on social justice, environmental policy, and social policy. In her free time, Megen can be found tossing a softball around, cruising on her bicycle, and knitting hats.
Doug joined the OLCV staff in December 2011 after more than eight years on Capitol Hill, where he held senior positions with two Members of Congress, including serving as Chief of Staff for former Representative Jim Marshall.
Doug has an extensive background in electoral politics ranging from grassroots organizing to managing multi-million dollar campaigns. He’s worked on both statewide and congressional levels and has won several competitive races. In 2006, Doug’s management of Representative Jim Marshall’s campaign won praise from the Washington Post’s political column, “The Fix”, which called the campaign one of the ten best incumbent campaigns of the cycle.
Originally from Northwest Indiana, Doug’s interest in conservation began at a young age while swimming near the steel mills along the Lake Michigan shore. He is a voracious reader and also enjoys hiking, rafting, and spending time outdoors.
Phone: 503-224-4011 x 211
Hood River Engagement Organizer
Lauren joined the OLCV team in July of 2014. She graduated in 2013 from Willamette University with a degree in Politics and French Studies. Lauren first got involved in Oregon Politics during college, interning for Representative Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard, Portland) and then Representative Tobias Read (D-Beaverton). During the 2012 Campaign cycle, Lauren worked as Representative Doherty’s Field Director and was then hired on as a Legislative Assistant for the 2013 Legislative Session. Most recently, she managed Teddy Keizer’s Primary Campaign for State Representative in House District 42 from 2013 to 2014, which included the OLCV Primary Campaign for the Environment. In her spare time, Lauren can be found walking around SE Portland, playing piano, traveling, and cooking.
Derek joined the OLCV staff in November 2013, after working in development at the Democratic Party of Oregon. Derek has worked for organizations in Africa, Europe, and on both coasts of the US, including One Laptop Per Child and Legacy International. As a journalist, he has written for sites such as Global Post and New Roots News on an amalgam of topics, including local government, dog tracks, beach trash, garage rock, African dive bars, and community projects. In his free time, Derek enjoys traveling, sports, and trying to be a cultural polymath.
Central Oregon Regional Director
Nikki joined the OLCV staff in November 2011. Prior to working as OLCV’s Central Oregon Regional Director she was a Sustainability Advocate at The Environmental Center, in Bend, where she managed The Green Spot's online and print directories, organized monthly Green Drinks events, facilitated elections education, and led the nominations and selection process for the annual Sustainability Awards. Nikki received a BA from Oregon State University in 2005. She enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, bicycles, dancing, playing in the snow and backpacking with her pooch.
Lindsey joined OLCV as Political Director in July 2014. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Lindsey got her start on political campaigns as part of the field team for US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s primary election in 2011. Just prior to joining team OLCV, she served as campaign manager for one of OLCV’s continuing champions, Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. She has spent most of her life in Oregon, enjoying the beautiful landscapes that our state has to offer – those along the Oregon Coast in particular. Given any spare time, Lindsey will be running the trails around Portland, catching up with friends, escaping to the Oregon Coast, adventuring at home or abroad, and generally finding any reason to be outside.
External Affairs Director
Christy Splitt comes to OLCV as our External Affairs Director after serving as Legislative Director and then Acting Chief-of-Staff to Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan (D - Coos Bay). She grew up in Chicago and Northern California before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. She then earned her Master’s degree in Education and became a high school civics teacher. After three years in the classroom, she decided to experience civics first hand by working in Oregon politics. After getting her start at the Bus Project, Christy served as chief legislative aide to State Rep. Ben Cannon (D – Portland) from 2007 to 2011 and helped launch Jefferson Smith’s race for Mayor of Portland. In her spare time, she coaches Lincoln High School's National Champion Constitution Team and spends as much time as possible exploring Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Phone: 503-224-4011 x 201
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