Rujuta Gaonkar

Rujuta 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.

Rae Jesequel

Rae is currently a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids, ages 5, 9, 16, and 19. She has also been a working mom, a single mom, and now a married mom. Her experiences with motherhood opened her eyes to the serious lack of systemic support in this country for caregivers, and she became involved in activism with many different organizations, finally devoting most of her time to Family Forward. When she is not smashing the patriarchy, she enjoys making art, getting tattooed, reading, weightlifting, and horseback riding.

Thuy Tran

Dr. Tran graduated with a BS from UCLA in 1990. She obtained her Doctor of Optometry in 1994 from Pacific University: College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR and opened Rose City Vision Care a year later. Alongside of being the owner of Rose City Vision Care, Dr. Tran is also apart of the American Optometric Association and the Oregon Optometric Physician Association. Her specialty is primary care optometry. Dr. Tran’s goal as a provider is the listen to patients’ needs and provide various options and best solutions for them. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three children – Minh, Oscar, and Vera as well as fulfilling her duties as a traditional Air National Guardsman at the 142 Fighter Wing – Medical Group.

Kathryn Weeks

Kathryn was born and raised in Albany, Oregon. After living away for several years in various parts of the US, Kathryn returned to the Northwest and worked as a nurse in women's health in hospitals and in family planning and maternity case management at community health centers. She became involved with the work of FFO after the birth of her first child in 2015 and now the whole family and the family business is involved! Kathryn and her husband, Ben Verhoeven, are the second-generation owners of their family wholesale nursery business Peoria Gardens. They have implemented various family-friendly policies at the nursery, including full pay parental leave. Kathryn spends her free time creating permaculture gardens for herself and friends and chasing chickens and children.

Raahi Reddy

Raahi Reddy is the Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Her team is responsible to ensuring Metro’s programs, investments and internal practices lead with a racial equity lens to effectively advance equity in the region. Prior to joining the Metro team, Raahi served as faculty at the University of Oregon where she founded the Equity in the Economy Initiative. She has co-authored several groundbreaking reports on the experiences of low-wage working Oregonians including "The High Cost of Low Wages in Oregon” detailing the economic reality for Oregon’s low-wage workers of color and women in the post-recession economy. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. has served on several boards including currently on the Board of Family Forward Action and formerly as board chair for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).

Amy Donahue

Amy Donohue is a Principal with Bora Architecture & Interiors and has over twenty-five years of experience designing spaces for education, performance and collaborative work. Trained in Design Justice and Critical Race Theory, Amy has been instrumental in the creation of Bora’s equity framework and action plan toward ending systemic racism. She is currently leading the firm’s effort to co-develop workforce housing for young Black professionals in the AEC industry, seeking to grow the pipeline of diversity in the profession. Amy and her husband, architect Paul McKean, live in Portland with their two young daughters. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, gardening and exercising with friends.

Samantha Lehman

Bio coming soon!