Staff Biographies

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.

Charlie, a blonde nonbinary person, peaks their face out of a blue tent while camping in the forest.
Charlie KrouseCommunity Organizer[email protected]Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Charlie KrouseCommunity Organizer[email protected]Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Charlie‘s career as an organizer started in reproductive justice work. They worked at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to run organizing events throughout Portland and went on to work as a campaign manager for large-scale state campaigns. Charlie has over nine years of direct community organizing experience and have worked directly with Oregonians to pass crucial climate legislation in the capitol with Our Climate Leaders.
Charlie developed a passion for anti-hunger, and their goal is to support Oregonians in direct community outreach. When not working Charlie loves hiking with their dog Marley, spending time with friends, and writing.
Chris BakerLegislative StrategistAdministrator, Oregon Hunger Task Force[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 313Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chris BakerLegislative StrategistAdministrator, Oregon Hunger Task Force[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.

David WielandPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 312Pronouns: He/Him/His

David WielandPolicy Advocate[email protected](503) 595-5501, ext. 312Pronouns: He/Him/His


After growing up in a small town in Washington, David learned how to organize when he couldn’t afford college. Fighting to expand access to education and support services turned into a life of fighting for the dignity and future of our neighbors all across the West, from youth-led projects in Alaska to agricultural communities in the Dakotas.

David joined Hunger-Free Oregon’s team in 2023. In his role, he develops equity-informed anti-poverty policies and issue campaigns, with a focus on the Federal Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs). In his free time, he enjoys learning how to cook new vegetables, bikepacking, and learning everything about the land.

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

Jacki Ward KehrwaldCommunications 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.

Jaz BiasCo-Executive Director[email protected]Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Jaz BiasCo-Executive Director, Team Support[email protected]Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Jaz is an Afro-Caribbean, queer, non- binary – heart-centered – educator, activist, farmer, forager and herbalist. They have a rich history in food systems work and have deep reverence for land and the communities who have acted as life-giving stewards since time immemorial.

Jaz is coming into their role as the Team Support Co-Executive Director with almost a decade of immersive food access, food justice, education, and land sovereignty experience. Alongside many years of working as a farm and garden educator, an equity consultant, a community organizer, a food systems program coordinator and manager, and a farmer; Jaz currently runs an Herbal Medicine Shop and platform called Heart Space Healing – which centers accessible and affordable herbal grief medicines. Our free medicine shop provides free herbal medicine to folx that hold marginalized identities across the country. They also co-steward a homestead and sanctuary called Ground Down Homestead that centers access to land, education, rest, community connection and food for Black, Brown, Trans and Queer folx. Jaz sees great promise that the practices of ancestral reclamation, somatic integration, and community care will create a fulfilling foundation to support in our liberation and the liberation of the generations to come.

When not at work you can find Jaz under a canopy of old growth trees, by a river, with their berry- stained hands in the soil, and their nose in a book (that’s probably about plants).

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

Mara HusseyGrants & Appeals Lead[email protected](503) 595-5501 x300Pronouns: 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 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.

Meg is a nonbinary person with short buzzed hair, wire-rimmed glasses and green earrings. They are wearing a black tank top and tattoos peak out of their sleeve.
Meg SchenkIndividual & Corporate Giving Lead[email protected](458) 214-2530Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Meg SchenkIndividual & Corporate Giving Lead[email protected](458) 214-2530Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Meg is a writer and development professional grounded in community-centric fundraising and the power of collective storytelling. They joined the team in 2023 after a recent move to direct their energy toward giving back to their hometown. Meg brings years of experience working in nonprofit arts administration in Chicago, New York, and along the West Coast, and holds a degree in English, Anthropology, and Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising from Portland State University and the People’s Nonprofit Accelerator.
When not at their desk or in the corner of a coffee shop, they might be kicking a soccer ball, sitting in a darkened theatre, or reading a book in the shade of a tree.
Sarah Weber-OgdenCo-Executive Director -- Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 595-5501Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sarah Weber-OgdenCo-Executive Director -- Community Food Justice[email protected](503) 595-5501Pronouns: 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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