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Chair Stephanie Vardavas

Stephanie Vardavas - Portland
Stephanie Vardavas has enjoyed a varied career spanning more than 30 years in the sports business. She was one of the first two people hired in the Major League Baseball executive development program and spent ten years at MLB, then eight years in the sports agency ProServ and almost 14 years at Nike. She retired from Nike in 2011 and is now the principal of Irenic, LLC, engaged in mediation and arbitration.
Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree from Yale and is a graduate of Fordham Law School in New York City.
 
Stephanie was a cofounder of the Children’s Charities Foundation of Washington, DC and is an active volunteer in the Portland community, where she served two terms as President of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. In recent years she has volunteered for EMERGE Oregon and the Classroom Law Project.
 
Her interests include reading, writing, traveling, photography, the arts, architecture, city walking, and other urban pursuits. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She lives in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Northeast Portland with her husband Mike Radway.


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Vice Chair Jeanne Burch

Jeanne Burch - Fossil
Jeanne Burch was born in Port Angeles, Washington but has called Oregon her home since 1947. Jeanne actually started school in a small Territorial School in Talkeehna, Alaska when her father was employed by the Alaska Railroad. She graduated from Wheeler County High School in Fossil, Oregon and went on to attend the University of California at Berkley.
 
While in California Jeanne met and married Howard Burch who worked for an oil company. Howard was soon sent on assignments out of the United States and an adventure of living in many foreign counties followed for the Burch family, which by this time included two daughters.
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Commissioners
Commissioner Megan Jacquot 
Commissioner Megan Jacquot

Megan Jacquot - Coos Bay
 
Megan Jacquot is a mother and attorney who works with primarily disadvantaged populations in Coos and Curry County, Oregon, and the Oregon Court of Appeals.  She is dedicated to improving the situations of women and children through advocacy work at all levels of government.  Ms. Jacquot concurrently serves on the North Bend School District Board of Directors.  She enjoys camping and fishing with her family and has served on the Commission for Women since September 2007.

 

 

 



Commissioner Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna
Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna - Portland

Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna was born and raised in Texas to Mexican immigrant parents. Jessica grew up traveling to Mexico throughout her life visiting her extended family, allowing her to understand and adapt to both cultures.

Jessica has a decade of experience working with non-profits and communities of color domestically and internationally. Her areas of focus have been on women’s rights issues, community development, conflict resolution and mediation, facilitation, and training development. Jessica served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and has lived and worked in China, Chile, and Nicaragua. Her additional experiences include working with Community Action Agencies in Texas to establish a unified legislative agenda and working across rural Oregon to facilitate collaborative project implementation.

Currently, Jessica is a Project Manager for Oregon Consensus at Portland State University, Oregon’s official program to help Oregonians work together to address contentious public policy issues. Jessica has an M.A. degree in Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute, and a double B.A. degree in Communications and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University.

Jessica lives in North Portland with her husband Scott Montegna and they are expecting their first child in the fall.
 
 
 


 
Commissioner Barbara Spencer
Dr. Barbara Spencer, Ed.D - Portland

Is a consultant for leadership and organizational development with experience in the public, private and academic sectors.  She was responsible for leadership development in the New York insurance and banking industries and was an assistant professor of organizational development at Columbia University.  After a career change, she worked in public transportation for over 20 years, serving for 11 years as Executive Vice President, the second person in charge of the mass transit system in New York City.  She has a BA from Lehman College and an MA and Ed.D from Columbia University.
 
In 2009 she left her transportation career and moved with her husband to Portland, OR for a lifestyle and professional change.  Presently she is actively involved in local women and transportation leadership issues.  She is co-president of the Portland branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) and a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is Board Secretary for the Portland Streetcar Inc., a member of the TriMet Budget Task Force, and a citizen representative for Multnomah County on ODOT’s 2015-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP).

 

 
Commissioner Mariahm Stephenson
Commissioner Stephanie Swanson
Stephanie Swanson - Portland

Over a career spanning 25 years, Stephanie Swanson has worked directly in government, business, and media and collaboratively with non-profit and academic organizations focused on framing sustainable development issues for market and organizational change. 
 
While at the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development she worked closely with elected officials, and across large city bureaus to promote sustainable policy that is now a widely accepted standard-bearer in one of the nation’s most ‘sustainable’ cities.  She built a company, MarketShift Strategies, serving national and international clients tapping expertise in climate policy, green building, energy and community engagement.   She began her career at CNN as an international assignment editor, winning numerous news coverage awards, including an Emmy for producing coverage of the 1993 US Marine invasion of Somalia.
 
She applies expertise in market development, strategic communications strategy, public policy, collaborative partner and community development to her position on the Multnomah County Business Advisory Council, and in pro bono work with groups such as the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
 
She recently launched a boutique strategic communications consultancy, Leaven Inc., to expand reach and impact for social and business innovation. 
 
Stephanie lives in Portland with her husband of 24 years, and their two teenage daughters. 

Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives
Representative Betty Komp 
Representative Betty Komp
Representative Betty Komp, D - Woodburn, District 22
 
Betty was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in November 2004 and sworn into office on January 10, 2005. “We’ve come a long way since I was elected, but there’s more work yet to be done,” she said. 
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Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson 
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, D - District 25
 
Laurie Monnes Anderson was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2004 after serving 2 terms as a Representative for District 50. She currently represents Senate District 25, which encompasses the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale & Wood Village. She is a long-time resident of Gresham and attended Gresham High School. She is a retired public health nurse and manager. 
Outside of the Legislature, she serves on many boards, including the West Columbia Gorge Chamber, and the Human Solutions Board. She is a member of the Oregon League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Gresham United Methodist Church, the Oregon Child Care Commission and Stand for Children.