Kelly brings more than twenty five years of experience in peace, justice, and environmental health organizing to her role as the Executive Director of Oregon PSR. Before joining Oregon PSR in 2009, she served as the Portland Area Peace Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and was a founding co-director of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization that has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Kelly served on the steering committee of the national coalition United for Peace and Justice and worked as the Communications Director for Pesticide Action Network North America, and as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Pesticide Reform. She is a recipient of the 2019 Visionary Leaders Award from National PSR. Kelly currently co-chairs the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Afghanistan Committee and serves on the advisory board of Unfreeze Afghanistan.
David joins Oregon PSR with more than six years of community engagement experience. He earned his MA in history at the University of Iowa, where he designed and taught a course on historical research skills and community engagement approaches. As a grassroots organizer, planner, and community volunteer, he led and managed campaigns and programs related to social, racial, and environmental justice. These experiences include leading community engagement for a flood resilience action plan which received and environmental planning award by the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2021. During the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, he was a field organizer for the Julián Castro Presidential Campaign and volunteered for several other local campaigns in eastern Iowa as both a campaign advisor and canvassing volunteer. As the Healthy Climate Program Director, he is excited to direct and collaborate in programs in community and coalition to advance equity, climate, and environmental justice.
Samantha joined Oregon PSR’s staff in May of 2021 as our Climate Justice Organizer. Her efforts are focused on supporting campaigns and coalitions advocating for climate justice and a just transition to clean renewable energy for all. Samantha works to support coalitions such as Stand Up To Oil, Power Past Fracked Gas, Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance, and the Oregon Just Transition Alliance. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a bachelor’s degree in hispanic studies and environmental studies. After Miami, Samantha considers Portland to be a second home. The enriching friendships she has made while interning at local organizations like Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Portland VOZ, and Growing Gardens has greatly informed her perspectives on the importance of frontline community-led action and intersectional environmentalism. During her free time, she enjoys going on urban hikes, baking recipes from Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz, and exploring new farmers markets around the city.
Jackie is a recent graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She will be working with Oregon PSR over the next year through the Quaker Voluntary Service Fellowship program. Throughout this year, she will be focusing on the development of the 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship and providing social media support. As a Race and Gender Studies major, Jackie participated in a wide array of justice work during college, which included improving school resources for reproductive health and expanding equitable Title IX policies. Her studies were supplemented by enriching internships with the Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Support and Education Academy (2019) and Susquehanna Legal Education for Adults and Youth (2020), which shaped her passions for widespread access to education and humane alternatives to war and prisons.
Carina works as Oregon PSR’s Clean Air Organizer in Marion County advocating for responsible alternatives to incineration of medical and municipal waste. Prior to Oregon PSR, Carina worked for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) as a field organizer for the May 2019 Salem-Keizer School Board races. She also served as Communications Director for Bill Burgess' campaign for Marion County Commissioner and has volunteered with Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and more. A lifelong Oregonian, Carina is passionate about working together with communities to ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy place to live.
Sean began his work with Oregon PSR in March of 2010. He is a longtime peace, environmental, and social justice activist, having previously worked as a communications, membership, and development specialist with American Friends Service Committee, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Sierra Club, and Georgia Council for the Arts. He is the former Membership Chair for the Georgia Chapter of Sierra Club and a former Board of Directors member for Sierra Club's Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) and Columbia (Portland, OR) groups. Sean graduated with degrees in Anthropology and Criminal Law from Valdosta State University (GA) and has worked as an educator and a freelance writer, poet, graphic artist, and social movement organizer in the US and in Mexico.