Elisa Andrade

Regional Organizer, Salem
Elisa@familyforward.org

Elisa is a first generation immigrant from Mexico City, Mexico and has established deep roots in the U.S. Growing up in the small town of Silverton, Oregon her initial work in nonprofit was her involvement with Silverton Food Bank and Silverton Together as a young volunteer. Elisa has drawn inspiration from her mother’s involvement in the Latina farmworker and immigrant organization Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas. An organization she holds dear to her hart to this day and one she continues to support as a lead member of the organization. Elisa has invested much of her time to serving immigrant families having worked for PCUN Service Center as a Partially Accredited Representative, approved by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent immigrants before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. More recently she continues to assist low income families and immigrants in the Salem area as a Resource Navigator for Mano a Mano a sister organization of PCUN with in the CAPACES network. She is a proud mom of three: two boys 3 yr., 10 month old, and a 10 year old stepdaughter.

Sharon Bernstein

Deputy Director
Sharon@familyforward.org

Sharon oversees our finances and operations, and provides support to our organizing program. She has more than 20 years of experience working in non-profits and education, with a focus on leadership development, equity, and social justice. Sharon was one of the original founders of Family Forward back in 2009 and has loved seeing the organization grow. When she's not working, Sharon loves to be out in nature as much as possible.

Tiffany Chapman

Regional Organizer, Portland
Tiffany@familyforward.org

Tiffany is a solo mom, business owner, and former early childhood educator. Volunteering has always been central to her life, from AmeriCorps to SEEDs for Early Literacy to Students Talk About Race. (In fact, she got her start with Family Forward as a volunteer in 2017!) In 2018, PDX Parent named her as “one of the people making Portland a great place to raise kids” for her Star Wars- inspired yoga class for kids. Tiffany brings multiple perspectives of how Oregon’s child care system is failing: As a parent as well as a former teacher, center director, and business owner, she understands how heavily the economic burden of child care weigh on both parents and providers. Tiffany is excited to continue breaking down barriers and advocating for affordable, accessible child care.

Regan Gray

Child Care Policy Advisor
Regan@familyforward.org

Regan Gray is the Child Care Policy Advisor for Family Forward. With 18 years of legislative experience in the Oregon State Legislature as staff, lobbyist and advocate, she has proven to be a strong leader on policies for women, children and families throughout her career. A native Oregonian and Portland State University graduate, Regan lives in Oak Grove with her partner and three young children.

Courtney Helstein

Political Director
Courtney@familyforward.org

Courtney brings nearly a decade of political and policy experience to the team. She led the lobby effort to pass the most inclusive paid family & medical leave and reproductive healthcare access policies in the nation. Courtney has also brought her valuable political experience to ballot initiatives, like No on 106: No Cuts to Care, and nearly a dozen candidate campaigns. She kickstarted her career with the Oregon Student Association executing a statewide, record-breaking non-partisan voter registration drive, and worked to pass groundbreaking legislation on tuition equity and justice reinvestment.

When she is not working or spending time with her husband and dogs, Courtney serves on the City of Portland Open & Accountable Elections Commission. She grew up in Southern Oregon but has called Portland home for over a decade. Courtney earned a B.A. from the University of Oregon.

Amy Hojnowski

Development Director
Amy@familyforward.org

Amy Hojnowski joined the Family Forward Action and The Mother PAC board in 2013 and then joined staff in 2018. She brings to the organization two decades of advocacy experience on behalf of many progressive organizations like Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, America Votes, MoveOn, National Environmental Trust, and Basic Rights Oregon. As a mom of two young kids, she believes that Oregon has the unique opportunity to create economic equality for all families if we center the needs of moms and women of color in our policymaking. Before becoming a mom, Amy and her husband visited 17 countries around the world and once spent 6 months traveling cross-country in their orange '77 Westy. Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Nichi Linder

Organizing Director
Nichi@familyforward.org

Nichi is a long-time feminist who believes strongly in the power of grassroots movement to create real social change in our communities. When women, particularly women of color, are lifted up, we all win. She has dedicated her professional career to creating positive change that betters the lives of Oregonians. With nearly a decade of experience in the reproductive rights & justice movement, Nichi is well-versed on what it takes to win. She’s an activist, a mother, an aspiring gardener, and a dedicated social justice warrior who knows learning never stops – and the fight for justice is worth it.

Danielle Rhodes

Operations Manager
Danielle@familyforward.org

Danielle has over 20 years experience supporting a variety of legal organizations and small businesses, and began her work at Family Forward in 2011 first as an event volunteer and supports all departments at Family Forward. She is a mom to three boys and one goldendoodle.

Andrea Paluso

Executive Director
Andrea@familyforward.org

Andrea is a social worker turned community activist and fervent policy wonk. She has worked in public education, community health clinics, and in international development. She has master’s degrees from Columbia University in social work and public health and a work history in public policy and nonprofit program management. Andrea hopes that our work will inspire and help parents, employers and policy-makers to create the kinds of policies that work for today’s families. Andrea is the mother of two kids, ages 6 and 8.