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Chair Isaac E. Dixon  
Chair James I. Manning

James I. Manning, Jr., Eugene

OCBA Chair, James I. Manning, Jr., is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a U. S. Army retiree. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army James and wife Lawanda relocated to Eugene where he serves in a number of civic positions including appointment to the Eugene City Police Commission and a previous appointment to the City’s homelessness task-force. He is a certified mediator and provides volunteer mediation services to Lane County Circuit Court Small Claims Department. He has served on nonprofit organizations including the United Way of Lane County (2011 campaign) and a board member Pearl Buck Center Inc. He was elected to the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in 2012. James believes education equity is the right of all Oregonians and all Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Chair
 
Vice Chair James Morris
James Morris, Portland

James is a South Carolina Native though, after living in Portland for 15 years he considers himself an Oregonian, born into a family of life-long educators.  His parents have engrained the importance of achieving an education in him since early childhood.   He is an Air Force veteran and attended a small liberal arts college in SC by the name of Lander University.

James believes in the importance of everyone having the opportunity to have a voice in the political process.  He also believes that the best way to make that happen is for people of conscience, from varied cultural backgrounds, to come together, break down barriers and work collaboratively towards common goals.
 

 

Commissioners
 


Commissioner Robin Morris Collin
Robin Morris Collin, Salem

 
Robin Morris Collin is the Norma J. Paulus Professor of law at Willamette University College of Law in Oregon.
 
Her latest publications include
•    “Restoration and Redemption” in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (a collection including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, and others) and
•    the Encyclopedia of Sustainability: volume 1: Environment and Ecology, volume 2: Business and Economics, volume 3:Equity and Fairness (coauthored with Robert William Collin). 
 
She is the first US law professor to teach sustainability courses in a US law school.  She has been awarded the Oregon Woman of Achievement  Award for 2012, David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Oregon State Bar, the Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability, and the national Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work with the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force.
 



Karol Collymore, Portland

Commissioner Karol Collymore 

Karol Collymore has spent her career in public service. She started in politics at 21 in New Mexico, working first for Gore/Lieberman 2000 and hasn’t looked back. She is a community activist, volunteering with many non-profit around Portland and conducted a year-long experiment hosting progressive dinner parties for small non-profits like Schoolhouse Supplies and P:ear. For fun she enters cooking contests and writes bad dating tales to share with strangers and friends alike.

 

 

 

Isaac E. Dixon, Portland

 
Commissioner Isaac E. Dixon 
Isaac E. Dixon, PhD., SPHR, currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Lewis and Clark College located in Portland.  He  has enjoyed a long career in HR having worked with Providence Health and Services, Unitus Community Credit Union, Nike and many government agencies and has been awarded the Northwest Human Resources Management Association’s Distinguished Member Award on two different occasions.  Dr. Dixon is most proud of his history of community service on the Board of Directors of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Urban League of Portland, and on the boards of a wide variety of other community based agencies. 
 
Isaac is an adjunct faculty member at both Portland State University and Portland Community College. He resides in Portland with his wife Lauri. 

 

 

Julie Grey, Jacksonville

Julie Grace Grey is a veteran legislative analyst and


 
Commissioner Julie Grey
management consultant specializing in research design, survey administration, program evaluation, and evaluation capacity building. She is also a licensed construction contractor and an Oregon-certified emerging small business owner. Julie earned a double BA in applied mathematics and statistics from California State University, Sacramento and a Master's in management from Southern Oregon University. Ms. Grey resides in the Historic town of Jacksonville amidst the wine, music, and theater of Southern Oregon's wild and lush Rogue Valley with her husband, Dennis, and two cats.

 

 

Kayse Jama, Portland


 
Commissioner Kayse Jama 

Bio coming soon.

 

Commissioner Gwendolyn Trice
Gwendolyn Trice, Enterprise

Gwendolyn Trice, a native of La Grande Oregon, moved back to the country after a career with Boeing in Seattle. Gwen has dedicated the past several years to uncovering and documenting her family’s migration to the West -- African American loggers in search of promise in the early 1900’s. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, a federally recognized non-profit organization in Wallowa County.

Her experience growing up with a large family in eastern Oregon spurs Gwen’s commitment to infusing cultural history education opportunities to the core of Oregon’s curriculum standard.

Gwen’s experience and work in front of the camera plays a key role in her videography work providing a keen eye to the development of a legal video/audio, marketing and oral history business.
 
 
Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives
Senator Rod Monroe  
Senator Rod Monroe
Senator Rod Monroe, D- Clackamas and Multnomah County, District 24 
 
Rod Monroe has been a life-long educator.  He taught high school and college and has served on the David Douglas School Board and currently is on the Mt Hood Community College Board.  Rod has been elected to public office 14 times.  He has served in the Oregon Legislature for 15 years and previously served on the Metro Council for 12 years.  Rod is an active runner and outdoorsman.  He currently serves as State Senator from District 24 (East Portland and Happy Valley). 
 

Representative Lew Frederick  
Representative Lew Frederick
Representative Lew Frederick, D- Portland, District 43 
 
Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick took office on October 30, 2009 during a swearing-in ceremony in the House Chambers of the Oregon Capitol Building. Professionally he is a Strategic Communications Consultant, focusing on Strategic Planning, Community Relations, Science/Technical issues and Media Crisis Communications. With an academic background in biology, theater, and political science, his professional life includes seventeen years as a television reporter at KGW-Channel 8 in Portland, thirteen years as the Director of Public Information for the Portland Public Schools, teacher, actor and ranch-hand. [see full bio]