Ana del Rocío (she/her/hers), State Director of Color PAC, is a first-generation Chicana/Peruana based in Portland, Oregon. Ana is a mother of two young boys and is the past policy director to Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson. Ana was elected to Director for Position 1 of the school board in the David Douglas School District (east Portland) and joined Color PAC as its first State Director in January 2018.
Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis is a sustainability professional, focused on safer chemical use and chemical policies. She has managed successful coalitions and legislative campaigns at both the local and state level, working with a diverse array of interest groups including education, environment, children’s advocacy, health professionals, and public health. Renee’s work in children’s environmental health led to her interest in joining the board of Family Forward where she could broaden her role in working to improve the lives of women and children. Renee has 2 high school aged children and when not spending time with them, her spouse, or working, she can be found on a muddy running trail in Forest Park.
Elleanor Chin is a lawyer living in Portland Oregon. Professionally her interests are litigation management and the intersection between dispute resolution and complex data. She has three children, two in public school and one who is a full time, free lance climber of furniture and parents’ legs. When not contending with all of the above, Elleanor writes fiction, tries to coax things to grow in her garden, and makes collages in various media.
Rujuta Gaonkar has been living and working in the Pacific Northwest for the past 19 years, doing conducting research and developing, managing and evaluating programs in the public health field, always focused on the intersection between public health and social justice. Since her transition to motherhood in early 2010, Rujuta has become more keenly aware of and passionate about the importance of assuring that all parents and caregivers have the support they need to maintain healthy families.
Veronica Lopez Ericksen has been an advocate for the Spanish-speaking community for 15 years, first as a Community Health Worker and now as a Community Health Nurse. In her work she seeks to empower and advocate for families affected by poverty, institutional racism , and the immigration system. As a participant in her employer resource group, she first learned about Family Forward and was interested in the work to build stronger families through policies that support working parents. She has been on the Family Forward Oregon c3 Board for about 3 years. She enjoys dancing, swimming, and reading, and mostly spending time with her family.
Sara Ryan has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations over the last few decades. She got to know Oregon quite well working for the nonprofit SOLVE, encouraging volunteers around the state to clean up our rivers and plant trees. But, being allergic to most of the outdoors here, decided to switch gears and encourage volunteers to get involved in her top priority, our messy democracy. She has been running the Oregon Labor Candidate School since 2012, and is proud to be part of the Labor movement by supporting leaders who strive to pass policies that improve the lives of all Oregonians. Before moving to Oregon, Sara served homeless families in South Bend, Indiana, worked at the Center for AIDS services in Oakland, CA, learned from the poorest of the poor in Guatemala, and provided support to a family resource center serving immigrant families in San Francisco. She now spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her young kids and sneaking in a book or two.