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Jamal Fox is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner with the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. Fox’s professional experience ranges from private sector to politics to education to government. In 2013, Fox was first elected to the Greensboro City Council representing District 2 as the youngest ever elected in Greensboro, NC. In 2015, he was re-elected to the Greensboro City Council and served through 2017. Prior to being elected, Fox worked for three years at the City of Greensboro in the City Manager’s office and the Department of Planning and Community Development. He is also a former North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Political Science Adjunct Professor, Social Studies and Leadership Teacher with Guilford County Schools, community advocate, youth mentor, and political leader in North Carolina. Fox was born in Fredericksburg, V.A. and raised in Greensboro, N.C. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Capella University. Fox’s philosophy is to always believe in yourself, your dreams and to always strive to make a difference in the lives of others.
Lawanda Joyce Manning has been actively engaged in public service since she moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2007. She is deeply involved in strengthening public education systems, and is a strong advocate of social justice reform, equity treatment, and full healthcare for all Oregonians. She co-founded the Oregon Black Education Foundation (OBEF), a nonprofit that has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to underrepresented and low-income students to further their education or pursue a technical or skills trade.
Angela E. Addae is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she focuses on Civil Rights Law, Social Enterprise Law, and Race & the Law. Her research examines how municipal redevelopment policies affect neighborhood institutions in urban settings. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Addae practiced as a litigation attorney, primarily representing Oregon’s small businesses and large corporations in federal court.
Djimet Dogo has been the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's (IRCO) Africa House since it was established in 2006.
Mariotta Gary-Smith is a native of Portland, OR; & a 3rd generation social justice activist/agitator deeply committed to working towards social justice, public health & sexual equity, in particular for communities of color/ethnic identity.Mariotta completed her undergraduate & graduate work in Atlanta, GA (Agnes Scott College ’95; Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University ‘08); and was one of 5 nationally selected scholars for the 2008-2009 Inaugural Class of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH) Scholars Program at Morehouse School of Medicine. In 2009, she helped co-found the Women Of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN; www.wocshn.org), a domestic & international online resource collective for women of color sexuality professionals.With over 15 years of experience working with diverse/multicultural communities and organizations on reproductive/sexual health and justice, sexuality & health education and harm reduction, Mariotta continues to advocate for & provides safe spaces for open discussion/collaboration, as well as presenting at professional conferences, conducting trainings & workshops that educate women and girls of color about identity, sexual health, sexuality, safer sex behavior practices & sexual health advocacy.Currently, Mariotta serves as the ASHEP (Adolescent Sexual Health Equity Health Program) Health Educator in the STD/HIV Program for the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR.
Musse Olol was born and raised in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. He later immigrated to Oregon in the United States, where he would live for the next 33 years. He eventually became an American citizen.For his post-secondary education, Olol attended the local Portland State University. There, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.Publicly, Olol is noted for his social work with the Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO), serving as its Chairman and official spokesperson. His duties with the organization include volunteering as a counselor, facilitator, interpreter and co-sponsor. SACOO offers guidance to new Somali families and works closely with city, state and federal authorities to strengthen civic relations.For his many contributions to the community through SACOO, Olol was presented in Washington, D.C. with the FBI's 2011 Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The prize is issued annually to individuals or groups that have earned distinction through service to society.
Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence is the Founder & Principal Designer of Fifth Element—a conscientious real estate development firm fortifying small businesses through commercial property ownership. She believes that when communities have ownership and control of their resources, they are more resilient, self-sufficient and dynamic.
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The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office (OACO) responds to requests for public records in the general way described in the Oregon Department of Administrative Services' (DAS) Public Records Requests policy (pdf).The DAS Public Records Requests Fees and Charges policy outlines the fees the department charges for records, and the process the agency uses to fulfill requests.Please choose one of the following methods to request public records from OACO:1. Email your request to Lucy Baker, the Administrator of the OACO with "PRR" included in the subject line.OR2. Mail a written request to this address:
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