Staff Biographies

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

Alison KilleenInterim Co-Executive Director | Team 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.

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

Angelita MorilloPolicy 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.

Ariana OrganizOrganizer, Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 957-6038Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Ariana OrganizOrganizer, Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 957-6038Pronouns: She/Her/Ella


Ariana Organiz is a community and political organizer who is passionate about building people’s power from the ground up; educating communities on the political power they can harness to hold legislators accountable; and making real policy wins happen. She has previously worked on health equity issues that impact Latinx communities on a daily basis with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon by co-founding Raiz Oregon. Ariana understands that access to health care is critical to ensuring that all Oregonians can lead healthy, safe, and empowered lives– no matter where they were born or what language they speak. She believes we must stand up against the systemic racism that has led to disparities in health outcomes. That is why she is so excited to mobilize advocates to fight for a hunger-free Oregon!

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

Fatima Jawaid MartyCampaign Manager, Food for All Oregonians[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 307Pronouns: 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.

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 TaylorInterim Co-Executive Director | Lead 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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