See Eun Kim joins as executive appointments director, Shannon Singleton becomes equity and racial justice director
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced several staffing changes, including the appointment of See Eun (pronounced "she-in") Kim as executive appointments director, effective February 9. In this role, she will engage with a variety of stakeholder groups across the state to identify qualified candidates to serve on Oregon’s more than 250 boards and commissions, while balancing their needs and goals with demographic considerations such as geography, race, ethnicity, age, gender, military status, and experience.
"I am pleased that See Eun is joining my office as executive appointments director, especially as we work to build diversity among our state boards and commissions," said Governor Brown. "Her strong, collaborative leadership skills and community connections will help me make meaningful progress in appointing qualified and knowledgeable Oregonians from diverse communities statewide."
Kim comes to the Governor's Office from the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC), where she has served as director of leadership development and training for the past year. In this role, she established leadership pipelines in county and state government, business, and non-profit industries in Oregon; led a team of program managers to deliver leadership programming for the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American, Latinx, Slavic, and African communities; and worked to position CCC as the resource hub for BIPOC leaders in Oregon. With nearly a decade of experience in project management and organizational development, she brings leadership in developing sustainable programming, cultivating interdisciplinary collaboration, and building capacity. Prior to this, her professional experience includes positions with the New Leaders Council and Medical Teams International. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Kim fills the vacancy created by the departure of Mary Moller. A headshot is available here
In addition to Kim's appointment, the Governor announced the following changes to her policy staff.
• Shannon Singleton has been named as director of equity and racial justice, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Sophorn Cheang. Singleton currently serves as the Governor's housing policy advisor and co-coordinator of the Governor's Racial Justice Council. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, she was the executive director at JOIN, a nonprofit organization in Portland that provides street outreach and housing placement support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. She has a background in social work and racial justice, with experience in Philadelphia, Taos, and Los Angeles, and has served actively on boards of community organizations and nonprofits. 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. This appointment is effective February 22.
• Linda Roman will serve as policy advisor for the Racial Justice Council. Roman currently serves as the Governor's health policy advisor and previously served as the deputy health policy advisor and deputy legislative director. Prior to her work in the Governor’s Office, Roman worked to expand access to health care and held leadership roles with the Oregon Latino Health Coalition and the Oregon Health Equity Alliance. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. This appointment is effective February 22.
• Kristin Sheeran, the Governor's climate and energy policy advisor, will add transportation to her portfolio, effective immediately. Sheeran joined the Governor's Office in 2017, and she brings a background in energy and natural resource policy, environmental markets, and economic development. Her career includes leadership positions in policy, government affairs, management, and academia, including director of government affairs and policy at 3Degrees Group; Oregon director at Climate Solutions; and vice president of knowledge solutions at EcoTrust. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from American University and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Drew University.