Kelly brings more than twenty 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 three times 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.
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 Lamars (she/they) 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.
Katy is a recent graduate of Earlham College, a small liberal arts college with Quaker roots located in the Midwest. She will be working with Oregon PSR over the next year. Raised in Sheridan, OR, Katy is excited to bring her perspectives to our work surrounding mass incarceration as a health issue, as well her past experience researching and reaching out to her community about the dangers of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. One of Katy’s primary projects will be developing our Peace Program’s annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship.
Damon leads Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program advocating for a just transition from fossil fuels exports, fossil fuel infrastructure, and nuclear power to clean, renewable energy. They represent Oregon PSR in a variety of Pacific Northwest coalitions, including Power Past Fracked Gas, Stand Up To Oil, and the Portland Clean Energy Fund. They coordinate Oregon PSR's climate lobbying efforts to ensure that public health is well-considered by environmental policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Damon has been with Oregon PSR since 2016 and was originally a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow after graduating from Haverford College. A life-long Quaker from Colorado, Damon enjoys cooking, singing, and cycling around the city of Portland.
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.