Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

Ames Kessler
Legislative Strategist
[email protected]
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Ames Kessler
Legislative Strategist
[email protected]
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Starting off as a music major at Montana State University, Ames quickly became interested in politics when introduced to a non-profit working towards LGBTQIA2S+ justice.

Since then, Ames has continued to be involved with social justice oriented projects and non-profits. Upon graduating, Ames left their home state of Montana to move to Portland, Oregon and started working with a local non-profit as the Leadership Development Director. Ames also has state government experience, serving as Chief of Staff to a State Representative and the Clackamas County Regional Field Director for Governor Kate Brown’s re-election campaign. Directly before joining the PHFO team, Ames worked at a women owned and led consulting firm and helped strategize campaign plans and statewide legislation.

In their role at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Ames works with their colleagues state leaders to design legislation and policy that focuses on hunger related issues in Oregon.

Angelita Morillo
Policy Advocate
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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Angelita Morillo
Policy Advocate
[email protected]
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Angelita joined Hunger Free Oregon’s Policy team in 2022. She is passionate about local government and ensuring that policy makers are led by the community they serve, and not the other way around.

Angelita moved from Paraguay to the United States as a child and her experiences growing up as an immigrant shaped and developed her interest in government and policy. She went on to study Political Science and Legal Studies, and worked in local government as Tribal Relations Policy Advisor and Constituent Services Specialist.

Chris Baker
Legislative Strategist
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 313
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chris Baker
Legislative Strategist
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 313
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


As part of the Community Food Justice Team and Administrator for the Oregon Hunger Task Force, Chris helps create, coordinate, and support key initiatives and programs that engage with the community through leadership development, advocacy, organizing, and policy. Chris also co-facilitates the SNAP Client Advisory Board and manages our Hunger-Free Campuses work.

Chris identifies as a white, queer, cisgender woman who is dedicated to unlearning and disrupting the white supremacist systems that she, and her ancestors, have benefited from. Chris’s advocacy work and passion for social justice activism are rooted in her lived experience with situational poverty and food insecurity as a single mom. She believes our shared liberation is of utmost importance and it can happen through political advocacy, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, and community healing.

Outside of work, Chris practices activist-led grantmaking as a Grantmaker Board Member for Seeding Justice and lives on stolen land in the suburbs of Portland with her two grown boys, an absurd amount of houseplants, and two wacky dogs, all of which are the center of her universe.

Fatima Jawaid Marty
Campaign Manager, Food for All Oregonians
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 307
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fatima Jawaid Marty
Campaign Manager, Food for All Oregonians
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 307
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Prior to working at Hunger-Free Oregon, Fatima had an extensive background in the social service sector where she worked to connect individuals to community resources, federal benefits, employment, stable housing, and other needs. Her experience in direct service work is where she believes her journey in advocacy work really began as she was often the first line of defense for many clients–educating them on their rights, helping them advocate, and navigating complex systems that were designed to exclude them. People are at the core of Fatima’s motivation–and she is deeply passionate about the movement for racial justice, the lifelong journey of achieving equity and justice, and work that supports grassroots social change. She strongly believes that in order to eradicate unjust systems, we have to center community voices and funnel the strength of those collective voices toward deep, structural changes.

Originally from northern Minnesota from a town located on the tip of Lake Superior, Fatima is generally judgemental about lakes and finds a nearby source of water essential for her survival. In her spare time, Fatima enjoys all things food related and thinks of cooking as her meditative space. Whenever she has a moment, Fatima loves traveling and is constantly in search of new experiences, so you may find her aimlessly wandering around the Portland Metro area. Fatima has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a BA in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Jacki Ward Kehrwald
Communications Lead
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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jacki Ward Kehrwald
Communications Lead
[email protected]
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Jacki has a passion for social justice, impactful design, and strategic thinking. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Gender Studies, and has spent over a decade in arts, nonprofits, and social justice spaces. She brings an intentional and community-centric approach to communications.

A Portland native, Jacki also enjoys hand-lettering, mini-farming, and circus arts.

Mara Hussey
Grants & Appeals Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Mara Hussey
Grants & Appeals Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501 x300
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mara joined Hunger-Free Oregon in 2022, bringing more than five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and administration. She is passionate about supporting the sustainability and growth of organizations working collaboratively and collectively toward social change. Originally from Washington D.C., Mara worked with several organizations in New Orleans operating at the intersection of food, hospitality, and social justice, before moving to Portland in 2020. She is a recent graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising course at Willamette Valley Development Officers, and a firm believer in the power of organizational storytelling, community building, and community-centric fundraising principles.

When she’s not at work, you can find Mara making a mess in the kitchen or taking long walks with her partner and their dog.

Marianne Germond
Operations Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 306
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Marianne Germond
Operations Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ext. 306
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Marianne directs operations for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, including, budgeting, finance, human resources, information and risk management, and staff resources.

When not doing all of the above, Marianne enjoys walks and exploring Oregon, especially any place with interesting plants or geology to learn about and appreciate.

Nel Taylor
Individual & Corporate Giving Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ex. 314
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Nel Taylor
Interim Co-Executive Director | Individual & Corporate Giving Lead
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ex. 314
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Nel Taylor (they/them/theirs), Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, is a development professional with nearly 10 years of donor relations and storytelling experience in the arts. Their introduction to fundraising came out of their transition from homelessness when they were 18 years old, advocating as a program participant in fundraising efforts. They have served on the board of directors at the Circus Project, graduated the Art of Leadership program through Regional Arts and Culture Council, and are currently taking the certificate in nonprofit fundraising course at Willamette Valley Development Officers. Nel was born and raised in Portland, OR, is an active participant in the social justice and activism community in Portland, and is a strong advocate for equity in nonprofit work. They are a musician and performer, an avid meditator, and an NBA fan.

Venus Barnes
Organizer, Community Food Justice
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ex. 301
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Venus Barnes
Organizer, Community Food Justice
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501, ex. 301
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Venus Barnes began her career at Partners For Hunger-Free Oregon early September 2019. At Partners for Hunger Free Oregon, Venus focuses on increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access for Oregon college students by implementing a “train the trainer” model around informational outreach, positive messaging, stigma, and student eligibility. In addition to this work, Venus facilitates the SNAP Client Advisory Board, supporting SNAP participants in increasing equitable access to the program and shaping policy.

Previously, she served at Portland Community College as an Americorps member with Confluence Environmental Justice. She was the Learning Garden Coordinator and taught students and the community how to grow their own food and challenge our Western society food systems. A cornerstone of these efforts focused on the students experience and definition of food insecurity as food sovereignty.

For the last two years, Venus has worked closely with Resolutions Northwest, a Portland-based non-profit, and has served as a board member for the past year. This organization facilitates honest dialogue around race and racism to resolve conflict and advance racial and social justice through training and consultation in order to build skills and capacity within a community or institution. As part of this work, Venus recently designed and co-facilitated a Food and Race Workshop highlighting the intersection of racial justice and food systems in Oregon.

Sarah Weber-Ogden
Co-Executive Director -- Community Food Justice
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sarah Weber-Ogden
Co-Executive Director -- Community Food Justice
[email protected]
(503) 595-5501
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Sarah is passionate about aligning her labor with the work of collective liberation.  As the Community Food Justice Co-Executive Director, Sarah brings a richly diverse background in mutual-aide work, movement building, policy development, and nonprofit leadership to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Sarah’s history of liberation work includes aiding in resettling Iraqi refugees, consulting for nonprofit organizations up and down the West Coast, and co-founding Sunrise PDX. Sarah also served as the Director of Community Advocacy for Oregon House Rep. Zach Hudson’s office and in 2021 she secured ~$3M for a homeless services and workforce development hub in Rep. Hudson’s district.  She has also served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Lori Kuechler.

Sarah is a queer, cis, white mother to five children and spouse of an Emergency Room nurse. She is never outside of liberation work, but she is often outside – you may sometimes find her on her knees with a child on her lap examining a mushroom on the forest floor in the foothills of Wy’East.

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Partners

Together, we can end hunger in Oregon

Ending hunger in Oregon requires many partners!

Thank you to everyone who joins us in this community effort to reduce stigma of food assistance and fight for just policies that ensure every Oregonian has access to healthy, nourishing, and culturally appropriate food.

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Anti-Hunger Movement Partners

Statewide

2-1-1Info


Children First for Oregon


Fair Shot for All


Familias en Acción


Oregon Center on Public Policy


Oregon Department of Human Services


Oregon Department of Education


Oregon Education Association


Oregon Food Bank


Oregon Law Center


Oregon Ready Coalition


Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA)


Oregon Student Association


National

Albertsons


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Feeding America


Food and Research Action Center



National Immigration Law Center


Share Our Strength


Safeway


Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium


Thank you to everyone who is a Partner in ending hunger!

We couldn’t do this work without our individual partners who choose to make monthly or annual donations to sustain programs and advocacy. Thank you!

Become a Partner

Special thanks to our monthly donors!

See our 2021 Donor List

Learn how to be a partner

Interested in supporting our work? Contact Mara Hussey at [email protected] to discuss options!


Employment

Join Our Team!

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon values the unique talents and diverse perspectives of our staff and board. We believe that each employee contributes directly to our success, and we take pride in our team. We believe that all of us can make a positive difference toward ending hunger in Oregon – that includes you! Please consider joining our team.

Job Openings

Hunger-Free Oregon is Seeking a Team Support Co-Executive Director | Application review has begun so please apply now  | Salary range: $80,000-$90,000/year

Are you passionate about ending hunger while also working to dismantle historic and current systems of inequity and oppression that lead to hunger and poverty? Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (Hunger-Free Oregon) seeks a Team Support Co-Executive Director who, along with the Community Food Justice Co-Executive Director, will collaboratively guide our organization as we work towards an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nourishing and culturally appropriate food. Note this position has been reopened after an initial posting in September-October 2022. 

How to Apply: 

  1. Please review the Team Support Co-Executive Director Job Duties and application instructions
  2. Submit a (1) resume (2) cover letter and 3) racial justice statement (see job description)

Send via email as a PDF to r[email protected]Please use this email to request an accommodation.

Volunteer Opportunities

We do not currently have any open volunteer positions, but check our Events page for more information.

Note: We do not offer unpaid internships. We only accept interns if we are able to provide compensation. 

Winter Event Internship (paid)

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About Us

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is a tenacious state-wide advocacy nonprofit led by a committed board and passionate staff that embraces the values of equity, integrity and teamwork.

We envision an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nourishing, and culturally appropriate food.

To bring that vision into reality, we raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes.

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Strategic Plan & Annual Report

We work with partners across the state to prevent hunger in Oregon.

Strategic Plan

We have a strong track record of influencing public policies to lift people out of poverty. Every year, we help connect thousands of children to healthy meals year-round and provide information to tens of thousands of Oregonians about SNAP. We train and equip local partners to find solutions to hunger in their own communities. We convene the formidable experts of the Oregon Hunger Task Force for collective action.

In developing our new strategic plan, we heard from dozens of partners, volunteers and people we serve about how to best increase food security over the next two years.

The result is a clear set of objectives and a focus on three goals: pursuing equity, building the anti-hunger movement and strengthening the capacity of our organization.

In our pursuit of equity and justice, we reaffirm the founding declaration of the Oregon Hunger Task Force that “all persons have the right to be free from hunger” and recommit to work on behalf of those disproportionately denied that right. In the next two years, this means digging into the root causes of hunger, like racism, and shifting the way we advocate to include the leadership of those most impacted.

We appreciate the many supporters who help us achieve our mission and look forward to partnering with you!

Strategic Plan

Annual Report

This annual report is a bit different than previous years–because it happened during a global pandemic! The novel coronavirus upended our work at Hunger-Free Oregon. It also sharpened our focus on the most critical priorities–ensuring Oregonians, especially those who are historically excluded or marginalized, can and do access food assistance programs.

From the first moments of the pandemic, our team has worked to ensure families have information about school meals during closures, everyone can access SNAP safely without unnecessary barriers, and more financial support for everyone who needs a little extra help to put food on the table. Read on to hear about the work we’ve done in the past year from passing the Hunger-Free Campuses bill to securing Pandemic EBT benefits for families.

430,000

430,000

students provided with P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year totalling $591 million in food assistance

$234,000

raised and awarded in small grants to schools, districts, and nonprofits to buy needed equipment and ensure students could access meals during emergency closures

31

waivers won to make SNAP, WIC, and school meals as widely available as possible during this crisis, including increasing SNAP benefits

31

20

20

grassroots nonprofits statewide supported with grants to ensure people can access SNAP, targeted to BIPOC-led and culturally-specific organizations

grassroots nonprofits statewide supported with grants to ensure people can access SNAP, targeted to BIPOC-led and culturally-specific organizations

Legislative success

We celebrated the passing of bills in Salem that:

We celebrated the passing of bills in Salem that:

  • Establish benefits navigators at every Oregon community college and public university to connect students to resources to meet essential needs like housing and food assistance (HB2836),
  • Increase funding and diversify membership of the Oregon Hunger Task Force (HB2833 and HB2834),
  • And ensure schools are fully implementing the Hunger-Free Schools provisions to expand access to meals at no charge (HB2536).

What's next

In 2022, we are looking forward to:

  • Building the Client Bill of Rights campaign, preparing for Legislative Session in 2023
  • Publicly launching the Food for All Oregonians initiative starting with listening sessions to identify solutions and increase access to food for immigrant communities
  • Deciding on a permanent leadership structure for the organization
  • Launching our new signature storytelling event in Spring 2022
  • Recruiting new board members

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Vision & Values

Together, we can end hunger in Oregon

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Vision

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon envisions an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nourishing, and culturally appropriate food.

To bring that vision into reality, we raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Values

Lived experiences: We listen closely to and raise up the voices and stories of people who directly experience hunger and poverty. 

Building Power: Communities are resilient and know what they need to thrive. We are committed to collectively organizing, advocating, and working in solidarity inside our communities to make the changes we need. 

Challenging Power: We build collective grassroots power to challenge and disrupt the existing power structures of white supremacy and oppression.

Accountability: We recognize and are responsible for our power and position. We will listen to feedback and criticism.

Social, racial, and economic justice: We are focused on achieving justice for all by dismantling historic and current systems of inequity and oppression that lead to hunger and poverty.

Land Acknowledgment

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon gratefully acknowledges that our office and staff’s homes reside on the stolen land of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and the many other tribes who have stewarded this land. Throughout the state of Oregon, where we do our work, there are nine federally recognized tribes and at least ten tribes without federal recognition.

We are on this land today because of the colonization and genocide forced upon Indigenous people. Capitalism, white supremacy, and colonization continue to affect their descendants today. As an organization working to end hunger and poverty in Oregon, we must work toward our collective liberation from these systems of oppression.

We celebrate the vibrant cultures, contributions and diversity of the tribes in Oregon, and commit ourselves to fighting for Indigenous food sovereignty by paying an annual land tax, building and strengthening our relationships with Indigenous communities, and dedicating resources to Indigenous-led projects and campaigns.

Statement on Black Labor

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon acknowledges that the United States was established on the labor of enslaved Black people; and that much of this nation’s culture and economic growth is built out of the systemized terror inflicted on Black people. This is not only the horrific acts of transatlantic trafficking and chattel slavery, which supported most industries in this nation’s first century, but a legacy that endures with new racist policies like segregation, Jim Crow, redlining and this nation’s unjust carceral system.

Racism has been entrenched in Oregon for nearly two centuries. When Oregon became a part of the U.S. in 1859, the state explicitly forbade Black people from living here, the only state to do so. In more recent times, many cities have taken on “urban renewal” projects, such as the construction of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland, that destroyed a center of Black community. The legacy of these policies have far reaching impacts, for example, hunger rates for Black Oregonians are disproportionately high, with 11.2% of Black residents experiencing hunger, as compared to 4.0% of white residents.  We celebrate Black community, art, food, literature, culture and joy as resistance to these systemic threats and violence.  Recognition of Black joy is not a negation of harm done, nor a way to romanticize struggle. Black joy is a survival mechanism created by and for Black people, and it lends all of us the political imagination required to create a better world. 

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon recognizes the contribution and importance of Black Oregonians and commits to advocating for policies and providing resources to issue campaigns that further Black liberation and justice, like reparations and food sovereignty; and building relationships with and supporting Black-led organizations that are doing liberation work.

History

The Oregon State Legislature created the Oregon Hunger Task Force in 1989 in response to a statewide crisis. At that time, Oregon’s rates of hunger were among the highest nation-wide, and the legislature declared upon founding the Task Force that “all persons have the right to be free from hunger.”

Over the decades this diverse group of advocates, social service providers, state agencies and elected officials consistently pushed for policies, programs, research and investments to address the root causes of hunger. In 2006, the members of the Oregon Hunger Task Force founded a private nonprofit organization, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, whose staff provide the capacity to help advocate for and implement the Task Force’s policy recommendations.

Since then, this unique public task force and private nonprofit have focused on addressing the root causes of hunger, while increasing access to food through policy change.

Find out what we accomplished last year

See our Annual Report

Team

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon values the unique talents and diverse perspectives of our board members and staff.

Board of Directors

Andrew Hogan, Chair

Street Roots

Donalda Dodson, Treasurer

Oregon Child Development Coalition

Tracey Henkels

Living Room Realty

Violeta Rubiani

Seeding Justice

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