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James joined the OLCV in the summer of 2015 after working as a legislative aide for Oregon State Representative Chris Gorsek. Born and raised in Oregon, James has lived in the North, South, and middle of the state all while enjoying the amazing natural wonders Oregon has to offer. James is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental studies, where he was the director of environmental affairs with the student government and played a leading role in the team that developed a new on campus sustainability center. As a watershed technician with the Medford Water Commission James knows how to protect our natural resources and led a successful voter registration and get out the vote campaign at Mt. Hood Community College with the Oregon Student Association. A lover of hiking, climbing, and general exploring, Oregon has never ceased to surprise him.
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.
Brooks joined OLCV as our Development and Administrative Intern in June of 2015. Having recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a Major in Political Science, Brooks decided to act on his love for politics and the Pacific Northwest by revently moving to Portland. As the Development and Administrative Intern, Brooks helps execute OLCV's Membership and Communication programs. With OLCV, he hopes to gain insight and knowledge that will help him make an impact in Oregon politics and non-profit organizations.
When Brooks isn't digging into any aspect of OLCV's work he can get his hands on, he enjoys staying active by playing soccer, basketball, and exploring the nature that surrounds the Portland Metro area.
As a native of Portland and an active member of the community, Adam has experienced and shared in the joy of Oregon’s natural beauty, Portland’s vibrant culture, and the importance of community engagement.
In Oregon, Adam encouraged healthy communities by volunteering as an EMT, teaching outdoor education to youth, and working on legislative policy issues in the Oregon State Legislature. In Washington, D.C. Adam engaged in transportation, energy and community issues through his work at Transportation for America, The National Complete Streets Coalition, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and with America Walks.
In 2014, Adam ran across the United States to search for ways to connect individuals, support communities and encourage improvements to our public systems by speaking with over 100 education, business, and local governance community leaders.
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.
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Organizing and Advocacy Intern
Tess joined OLCV as the Organizing and Advocacy Intern in July 2015 after working in conservation and education in such places as Mexico, Micronesia, California, and Alaska. Her experience in Alaska inspired her love for the Pacific Northwest. Tess came to OLCV to obtain knowledge of grassroots environmental policy and activism. Drawn by OLCV’s direct community engagement, Tess hopes to build on her background in ecology and conservation to better prepare her for her upcoming Master’s program in Environmental Resource Management.
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.
Mallory joined OLCV after a string of nonprofit internships (and a brief foray into the retail world). She grew up in NE Portland and, except for four years spent earning her degrees at the University of Oregon, has been there ever since. Mallory graduated from the U. of O. with a degree in Sociology and a degree in English. After doing communications for the Charlie Hales for Portland Mayor Campaign and the Center for Innovative School Facilities, Mallory knew she wanted to focus on nonprofit communication work. In her free time you'll find her cheering on the Ducks, Blazers, and Timbers, hiking in the gorge with her dog, or wandering around Alberta Street in search of the perfect local beer.
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 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.
Corran joined the OLCV team in the spring of 2015. She moved to the U.S. from Scotland as a young teen and after graduating from high school, she spent several years travelling and having adventures before settling down in Oregon. A graduate of PCC and PSU, she began working in Oregon politics during the 2014 election, completing a fellowship with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and also working with a bipartisan coalition to successfully defeat a ballot measure. Excited by what can be accomplished through grassroots organizing, she is inspired to motivate others to participate in the democratic process. In her free time, Corran likes to spend time with her family and two dogs, attend Thorns and Timbers games, travel, and enjoy all the wonderful beer Oregon has to offer.
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Bob Del Gizzi and Michele Dickson (pictured above with canine companion Zeus)