Meet the Staff

Darlene Huntress— Executive Director

Darlene’s background is in capacity building, leadership development and political advocacy. She has developed and facilitated capacity building and leadership development seminars for the Maine Democratic Party, A Rising Tide Civic Leadership Training, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  She is originally from Portland, Maine, where she worked for seven years as Public Policy Director with EqualityMaine, and  helped pass four major LGBT civil rights laws during that time.  In 2009, Darlene directed the legislative campaign in which Maine became the first state in the country to pass a gay marriage bill into law.  She also served as Statewide Field Director for the Maine Marriage Equality Initiative. Darlene was the recipient of the Maine Democratic Party’s 2007 Harry S. Truman Award for Community Activism, The Maine Initiative’s 2008 Watering Can Award for Civic Leadership, and a nominee for the Maine Democratic Party 2009 Women Who Lead Community Activist of the Year Award.

Email Darlene – Darlene (at) oregonaction (dot) org

Michelle Glass – Lead Regional Organizer for Southern Oregon

Michelle is the lead organizer in the Medford Oregon Action office, where she leads work in Health Equity and Racial Equity. She has a background in rural organizing, women’s rights, healthcare, green jobs, and housing, and holds a degree in sociology from Southern Oregon University.

Email Michelle: Michelle (at) oregonaction (dot) org

Alex Budd – Organizer

Originally from Colorado, Alex is an organizer in the Rogue Valley Office where he focuses on economic and health justice issues. He joins Oregon Action with experience organizing around climate, environmental justice, and racial justice issues. He lives in Grants Pass and is excited to join the Oregon Action team and help expand our work into Josephine County.

Email Alex – Alex (at) oregonaction (dot) org

Eliza Conchas – Organizer, Healthcare for All Children Organizer

Eliza is a Southern Oregon native and High School student. She is passionate about her community, but recognizes that it needs a lot of changes. She is excited to work with Oregon Action to start that change process. Eliza leads our Healthcare for All Children campaign, as well as doing outreach and committee work for the End Profiling, Student Debt, and Immigrant Justice campaigns.

Email Eliza- Eliza (at) oregonaction (dot) org