The daughter of a public school teacher and a correctional facility administrator, I grew up alongside two equally strong, intelligent sisters - and as the middle sibling, likely forged my knack for finding negotiated compromises at an early age. As a result, I deeply enjoy tackling problems and bringing together stakeholders to find a common path forward and durable solutions.
In the 2017 legislative session, I was the only legislator on both house environmental policy committees and the natural resources budget committee. I am on the steering committee of the legislature’s bicameral Environmental Caucus and a member of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures. I was also appointed by the Speaker to the Infrastructure Finance Authority, the Oregon Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Board, the Legislative Council on River Governance, and the Public Records Advisory Council.
Legislative work is considered part-time, and I maintain my day job as Associate General Counsel at The Freshwater Trust, working on cooperative solutions to the tough water quality and quantity issues facing our state and Pacific Northwest. I was formerly on the Oregon State Bar Executive Committee for the Environmental and Natural Resources Section, and previous to The Freshwater Trust, supported the in-house real estate department for an Oregon Fortune 500 company.
Service to my constituents and community is at the core of everything I do. I am on the Oregon Food Bank Board of Directors and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, and believe strongly that government should be transparent and accountable. Throughout session and in the interim, I hold town halls as well as constituent coffees most second Saturdays of the month, and am dedicated to working hard to represent you down in Salem.
My wife and I live in Milwaukie with our baby son, four chickens, and two rescue dogs. I commute to work most non-Salem days via the Orange Line and can be found on the weekends around Milwaukie, Sellwood, and perusing the Milwaukie Farmers' Market. Please do say hi if you see me around town!