Staff Biographies

Alison KilleenTeam Support Strategist[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 305Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alison KilleenTeam Support Strategist[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 305Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


As the Team Support Strategist at Hunger-Free Oregon, Alison is passionate about how we do our work – even as much as the work itself.

When she joined Hunger-Free Oregon in 2014 as the organization’s first community engagement staff, Alison learned firsthand how an organization’s internal practices and policies can have harmful impacts not only upon staff, but also on the communities it serves. Drawing from the teachings of adrienne maree brown and others, she became convinced that to build the world we want, we must begin with transforming our own relationships, communities, and organizations, spiraling outward toward large scale change. On the daily, this shows up in Alison as curiosity about group facilitation, team accountability, building culture, and a deep obsession with Asana.

A queer ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Alison searches for meaning in mystery, community, and justice. Prior to her time with Hunger-Free Oregon, Alison organized for social justice among interfaith communities in Minnesota and New York City. When in doubt, she returns to Cornel West’s words as a central sacred text: “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

When not at work, you can find Alison walking the neighborhoods of Portland with her partner Brian and their kiddo, Haneul.

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

Ames KesslerLegislative 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.

Chloe EberhardtPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext.308Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chloe EberhardtPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext.308Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Chloe joined Hunger-Free Oregon in 2015. In her role as Policy Advocate, Chloe advocates with state agencies and lawmakers for equitable policies that effectively address community needs. Chloe also strategizes and leads coordination on several of our key initiative campaigns that engage with the community through advocacy, organizing, and policy development.

In her time with Hunger-Free Oregon, Chloe has focused on expanding SNAP access in Oregon, establishing our SNAP Client Advisory Board, and co-leading our Hunger-Free Campuses initiative. Chloe believes that policy development and systems change should be grounded in the lived expertise of those most impacted by our unequal and unjust systems. She’s informed in her own work by experiences accessing SNAP and navigating public benefit systems.

Prior to her work at Hunger-Free Oregon, Chloe supported AmeriCorps members throughout the Northwest and worked as a community organizer focused on local food systems development in coastal and eastern Oregon. Chloe grew up in the “other Portland” in Maine and Ohio. She holds a B.A in International Political Economy from Fordham University in New York.

Outside of Hunger-Free Oregon, Chloe can be found spending time with her family, being outside, and playing soccer.

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

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


As part of the Community Food Justice Team, Chris helps create, coordinate and support key initiatives and programs that engage with the community through leadership development, advocacy, organizing and policy. Outside of her work on the Hunger-Free Campuses Campaign, she provides administrative support for the Oregon Hunger-Task Force, co-facilitates PHFO’s SNAP Client Advisory Board, and lends support to our Community Driven SNAP Outreach Coalition.

Chris holds two degrees in Gender, Race and Nations with emphasis on Community Health Equity from Portland State University. Chris has 10 years of lived experience with situational poverty and food insecurity and is dedicated to surrounding herself in work that supports grassroots social change, women’s empowerment and advocacy, and policy changes that reduce racial, social and gendered disparities. Outside of work, Chris serves on the Grantmaking Committee for Seeding Justice and lives in the suburbs of Portland with her two grown boys, an absurd amount of houseplants, and a wacky Great Dane mix named Luna, all of which are the center of her universe.

Etta O’Donnell-KingResearch and Communications Lead[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 310Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Etta O’Donnell-KingResearch and Communications Lead[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 310Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Etta’s work focuses on sharing with communities about our work, how they can be involved and direct our work. To this end, they direct all our external communications and lead research for the organization to support understanding, legislative goals, initiatives and more.

Etta joined Hunger-Free Oregon in 2017 as an AmeriCorps member focused on communications and community engagement. They have held several positions in the organization with some focus on communications and research. They come to this work from their own experiences of intergenerational poverty and hunger, as well as a fat, Trans, queer and disabled person. A systems-focused thinker, they concentrate on how this work can demystify and dismantle the institutions that oppress and marginalize people and a vision of anti-poverty work led by those who have experience and a liberative future for all people.

Born and raised in Portland, Etta is proud to work in their own hometown. They also hold a degree in American and Comparative Government and Applied Statistics from Smith College.

Outside of Hunger-Free Oregon, they are a painter, illustrator and designer, as well as a proud dad to their beloved dog, Edgar and about a million houseplants.

Fatima JawaidPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 307Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fatima JawaidPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 307Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Fatima joined Hunger-Free Oregon’s team in 2018. In her role as Policy Advocate, Fatima advocates with state agencies and lawmakers for equitable policies that effectively address community needs. Fatima also strategies and leads coordination on several of our key initiative campaigns that engage with the community through leadership development, advocacy, organizing, and policy.

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.

Lizzie MartinezLead Fundraising Organizer[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 300Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lizzie MartinezLead Fundraising Organizer[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 300Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Lizzie is passionate about using fundraising and communications to connect people with social justice and anti-poverty initiatives. In Portland, she has worked as a fundraiser for Housing Oregon (formerly Oregon Opportunity Network) and Latino Network. Prior to that, she lived in Washington, D.C. and spent time fundraising for public radio and for national service programs. Her family came to America by way of Mexico and Spain; and she is proud to be a Mexican-American.

She joined the Hunger-Free Oregon team in the spring of 2018. At Hunger-Free Oregon, she leads on all things grant related, and co-leads on all individual and corporate giving initiatives with colleague Nel Taylor. She gets excited about meeting donors, budgets, and using Asana to contribute toward building a movement for a hunger-free state.

When she’s not at work, she is proud to be the board chair of the MRG Foundation, supporting grassroots social justice movements statewide. She is also a co-founder of the BIPOC Fundraisers Affinity Group, which meets monthly to support BIPOC fundraisers in the Portland metro area. As an avid bookworm, she loves serving on the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys planning her next trip, experimenting with new recipes, and biking around town.

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

Marianne GermondOperations Lead[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 306Pronouns: 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 TaylorLead Fundraising Organizer[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 314Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Nel TaylorLead Fundraising Organizer[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 314Pronouns: 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 BarnesOrganizer, Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 301Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Venus BarnesOrganizer, Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 301Pronouns: 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.

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