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.

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Patty Katz- Portland Organizer

Patty’s life as an advocate began with trainings as a community organizer through the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) and the Recovery Association Project.

Her career path has taken many focuses; a work with at-risk youth and a Cultural Competency Trainer, in 2006, Patty joined the Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) and is still involved with the Governor’s Re-Entry Council and the ROAR Alliance. Some of her work in the criminal justice reform has been instrumental in eliminating the “Have you ever been convicted of a felony” question for prospective employees in Multnomah County and the city of Eugene.

Patty says her passion will always be to help people reclaim their personal democracy. Recently she started a small 501c3 non-profit “Hands Across the Bridge Project. Patty sits on the national board of directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery.

Patty is the newest member of the team at Oregon Action- she joined staff the first of November and is the Portland – Metro Organizer.

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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.

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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.

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Nancy Castillo - Organizer, Oregon Health Plan Outreach Assister

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