Staff Biographies

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

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


In her role as Community Advocacy Manager, Chris helps coordinate and support key initiatives and programs that engage with the community, helps support the organization as a whole through meeting and technology support, and supports the operations, development, and program teams with ongoing and specific projects and events.

Chris holds a B.S in Women, Gender & Sexualities Studies with a minor in Community Health Education and a B.S in Liberal Studies with a minor in Indigenous Nations Studies, both from Portland State University. Before coming to Hunger-Free Oregon, Chris served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland. She 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.

Chris lives in the suburbs of Portland with her two boys and her beloved dog Lucy.

Venus BarnesSNAP Outreach Coordinator[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 301Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Venus BarnesSNAP Outreach Coordinator[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.

Julieta CastroOperations Specialist[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 312Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella

Julieta CastroOperations Specialist[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 312Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella


Julieta joined Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon in September 2019. In her role as Operations Specialist, Julieta provides office support and efficiency to the Partners team. Prior to this role, Julieta spent several years working as a Librarian assisting the Oregon community access literature, skills development, and facilitated literacy programs for migrant youth in Washington County.  Julieta graduated with a B.A. in Womxn’s Studies and Latinx Studies from the Honors College at Portland State University, constantly working to create knowledge about womxn, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship status, ability, income level, educational level, and how other sociodemographc identities are grouped and labeled, while confronting the realities and systemic patterns of poverty and violence. Her work at the PSU Women’s Resource Center for four years, and serving as the university’s governmental Equal Rights Director have provided a trauma informed politic dedicated to bringing profound justice and love to our world.

Chloe EberhardtSenior Program Manager, SNAP[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext.308Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chloe EberhardtSenior Program Manager, SNAP[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext.308Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Chloe joined Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon in July 2015. As the Senior Program Manager, SNAP, she works with local communities and statewide leaders to identify access barriers, provide training, tools and support to community partners, and increase SNAP participation statewide.

Previously, Chloe worked with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, supporting AmeriCorps members throughout the Northwest, and Ten Rivers Food Web, as a community organizer focused on local food system efforts in Lincoln County, Oregon. She also served as a RARE AmeriCorps member in eastern and coastal Oregon conducting community food assessments. Chloe holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Fordham University in New York.

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

Marianne GermondOperations Director[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 technology.

Before joining PHFO in 2012, Marianne provided contract research and writing services, and previously worked for Community Action Program of East Central Oregon. Marianne graduated from Grinnell College and has volunteered in schools and with the League of Women Voters of Oregon.

Fatima JawaidSenior Program Manager, Child Hunger Prevention[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 307Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fatima JawaidSenior Program Manager, Child Hunger Prevention[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 307Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Fatima joined Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon in August 2018. In her role as Program Manager, Child Hunger Prevention, Fatima provides support and outreach to help nutrition program providers connect with parents to increase the number of children participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the After School Meals and Snack Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program.

Prior to working at PHFO, Fatima had an extensive background in the social service sector where she worked to connect individuals of diverse backgrounds to community resources, employment, stable housing, and other needs. She has a strong passion for social justice, equity, and grassroots organizing. Originally from northern Minnesota, 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.

Alison KilleenSenior Program Manager, Community Engagement[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 305Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alison KilleenSenior Program Manager, Community Engagement[email protected](503) 595-5501, ex. 305Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Alison builds collaborative partnerships with individuals and organizations statewide using community organizing strategies, volunteer opportunities, and legislative advocacy. A Minnesota native, Alison previously served at an interfaith social justice coalition in Minneapolis directing its legislative advocacy network.

Alison holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and a Master in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Alison is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, with her calling in the social justice arena.

Annie KirschnerExecutive Director[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 309Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Annie KirschnerExecutive Director[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 309Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Annie leads our efforts to prevent hunger across Oregon. Previously she acted as Hunger-Free Oregon’s program director, development director, and for seven years oversaw our childhood hunger efforts, managing statewide outreach for the Summer Food Program and After School Meal and Snack Program, building partnerships and increasing awareness. Annie came to the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year, before joining the staff of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon in 2006.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and previously worked with a teen anti-drug media project and taught ESL to recent refugees.

Lizzie MartinezDirector of Development and Marketing[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 300Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lizzie MartinezDirector of Development and Marketing[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. She joined the Hunger-Free Oregon team in the spring of 2018.

She volunteers as a member of the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board and as board chair with MRG Foundation. She leads the Fundraisers of Color affinity group, through Willamette Valley Development Offices. In her spare time, she likes to travel around the world, read good books, and enjoy the beautiful PNW!

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

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


Etta joined Hunger-Free Oregon in February 2017 as the Communications and Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA. In their current role as Communications and Research Strategist, they manage all external communications for the organization, work with advocates with lived experience of poverty to build their stories and seek out new research to explore the breadth of hunger and poverty, especially how these issues disproportionately affect people from marginalized communities. They are committed to anti-poverty work led by those who have experience and a liberative future for all people.

They hold a degree in American and Comparative Government and Applied Statistics from Smith College.

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