New staff joining with roles in housing, education, and regional solutions
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced recent and upcoming additions to her policy staff.
Sarah Means joined the Governor's Regional Solutions team in May as the South Valley/Mid-Coast Regional Solutions Coordinator. Means came from the community and economic development division of Lane County, where she served as a resource for businesses and communities in the region and state. Prior to her time with Lane County, Means was a land use planner for the Cities of Roseburg and Happy Valley. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon, and is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Alyssa Chatterjee will join the Governor's team as the deputy education policy advisor on August 12, where her main focus will be on early childhood education. Chatterjee has served in a variety of roles at the Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) engaged in policy and planning, most recently as a policy advisor and legislative coordinator for the agency. As a member of the ELD executive team, she helped guide the state’s early learning strategic planning process for the 5-year statewide early learning system plan, Raise Up Oregon, and represented the agency through the recent legislative session. Chatterjee holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University.
Shannon Singleton will join the Governor’s office on September 3 as the new housing policy advisor. Singleton was most recently the executive director at JOIN, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon that provides street outreach and housing placement support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. She has previously worked as a social worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Taos, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California. Singleton has worked at organizations including the Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, and the Portland Housing Bureau, and has served actively on boards of community organizations and nonprofits including the Welcome Home Coalition, Housing Oregon, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Home for Everyone, and the Metro Housing Bond Oversight Committee. Singleton received her undergraduate social work degree from Temple University and a master's degree from Portland State University, where she also teaches in the Graduate School of Social Work.