This crisis is far from over.

by Ana del Rocío Family Forward Board Member If you’ve been following the news lately, we’re sure you can agree how traumatic it has been to view images of children being torn apart from their families — often from their mothers. As a mother of two, I am haunted by the recorded screams of babies… Read more »

Job Opening: Campaign Communications Strategist

Title: Campaign Communications Strategist Reports to: Political Director Direct Reports: 0 Location: Portland, OR Salary: $3,400- $3,750 per month (for 30 hours per week) Type: Part-time, 30 hours per week, although we are open to hiring someone for as few as 20 hours per week. There is also potential for the position to become full-time… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Rujuta Gaonkar

Tell us a little bit about yourself! First and foremost, I am the parent of an 8 year old who is spirited, loving, infuriating, brilliant, creative, funny and compassionate….sometimes all at once!  In Portland for nearly 13 years, I’ve worked at the intersections of public health and social justice for 20 years, most recently with… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Elisa Andrade

Tell us a little bit about yourself! I am an immigrant from Mexico City, Mexico and grew up in Silverton, OR until I moved to West Salem where I’ve been since 2001. I started volunteering in the nonprofit world while I was in junior high at the Silverton Food Bank and at Silverton Together. My… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Neon Brooks

Tell us a little bit about yourself! I’m a medical science writer and the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old living in Northeast Portland. I grew up here and moved back to town with my husband, daughter, and our dog when my daughter was about a year old so we could be close to family. I love… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Kaylan Adams

Tell us a little bit about yourself! I live in Salem with my husband, Dan, and toddler, Emerson. I am a project manager for a web development agency in Portland, and I also have my own small business helping newly expanded families and babies get more sleep. We love throwing themed house parties (Kentucky Derby… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Tiffany Chapman

How long have you been volunteering with Family Forward and how did you get started? “Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art Activists must be bold- They must have the audacity to believe that they can change entrenched power-structures that exploit women, oppress people of… Read more »

Job opening: Organizing Director

Title: Organizing Director Reports​ ​to:​ ​Executive​ ​Director Direct​ ​Reports:​ ​3 Location:​ ​Portland,​ ​OR Salary:​ ​$65,000-$72,000 Type:​ ​Full-time/exempt Position Summary: We are seeking an Organizing Director, who will be responsible for overseeing our statewide organizing program and ensuring that it meets organizational goals. We are building a new organizing program, one that will combine elements of transformational… Read more »

We celebrate women every day

Today we recognize International Women’s Day, in honor of laboring women across the nation and around the world. For Family Forward it’s not just about today. We honor a history of women’s strikes and their paid and unpaid labor every day, in our ongoing advocacy to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. Women deserve to be… Read more »

Activist Spotlight: Samantha Lehman

Tell us a little bit about yourself! I grew up in Sacramento California the child of a single mom who was a public school teacher.  I was introduced to activism going to union meetings with my mom.  In fact, my first memory of going to work with my mom was going on strike with my… Read more »