April Christenson joined OLCV as Communications Coordinator in September 2015, after relocating to Portland from Omaha, Nebraska where she worked in marketing for the Girl Scouts. She studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and worked in a few different marketing roles before discovering that she wanted to pursue a career in nonprofit communications and development. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to a number of different publications. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking and exploring her new home in Oregon.
James joined the OLCV in the summer of 2015 after working as a legislative aide for Oregon State Representative Chris Gorsek. Born and raised in Oregon, James has lived in all parts of the state, enjoying the amazing natural wonders Oregon has to offer. James is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies. At SOU, he was the director of environmental affairs with the student government and played a leading role in the team that developed a new on campus sustainability center. A lover of hiking, climbing, and general exploring, Oregon has never ceased to surprise him.
Hailing from Boston, Raphaela joined the OLCV staff in May 2016 after graduating from Reed College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Throughout her collegiate years, Raphaela conducted research on atmospheric and environmental chemistry, worked for an environmental consulting firm, and taught science to local elementary school classrooms in Portland. With an unrelenting passion for the outdoors, Raphaela will try almost any mountainous activity (barring BASE jumping) and can usually be found climbing, hiking, and biking when not at work.
Adam joined the OLCV staff in February 2015 after half a dozen years working on state and federal policy. In Oregon, Adam encouraged healthy communities by volunteering as an EMT, teaching outdoor education to youth, and working on legislative policy issues in the Oregon State Legislature. In Washington, D.C. Adam engaged in transportation, energy, and community issues through his work at Transportation for America, The National Complete Streets Coalition, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and with America Walks. In 2014, Adam ran across the United States to search for ways to connect individuals, support communities and encourage improvements to our public systems. He spoke with over 100 education, business, and local governance community leaders. Adam is a native of Portland. He shares a love for Oregon’s natural beauty, Portland’s vibrant culture, and the importance of community engagement.
Doug joined the OLCV staff in December 2011 after more than eight years on Capitol Hill, where he held senior positions with two Members of Congress, including serving as Chief of Staff for former Representative Jim Marshall. Doug has an extensive background in electoral politics ranging from grassroots organizing to managing multi-million dollar campaigns. He’s worked on both statewide and congressional levels and has won several competitive races. In 2006, Doug’s management of Representative Jim Marshall’s campaign won praise from the Washington Post’s political column, “The Fix”, which called the campaign one of the ten best incumbent campaigns of the cycle. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Doug’s interest in conservation began at a young age while swimming near the steel mills along the Lake Michigan shore. He is a voracious reader and also enjoys hiking, rafting, and spending time outdoors.
Central Oregon Regional Director
Nikki joined the OLCV staff in November 2011 in the Bend, Oregon office. Prior to working as OLCV’s Central Oregon Regional Director, she was a Sustainability Advocate at The Environmental Center in Bend, where she managed The Green Spot’s online and print directories, organized monthly Green Drinks events, facilitated elections education, and led the nominations and selection process for the annual Sustainability Awards. In 2009, she organized a climate change rally as part of the International Day of Climate Action and in 2010 she helped organize voter forums for local elections. Nikki received a BA from Oregon State University in 2005. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, bicycles, dancing, playing in the snow and backpacking with her pooch.
Mallory joined OLCV in the summer of 2014 after working in nonprofit offices after college. She grew up in beautiful NE Portland and, except for the four years spent earning her degrees, has always lived in Portland. Mallory graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology and a degree in English. After doing communications and events for the Charlie Hales for Portland Mayor Campaign and the Center for Innovative School Facilities, Mallory knew she wanted to focus on nonprofit work. In her free time you’ll find her cheering on the Ducks, hiking in the gorge with her dog, Kona, or wandering around Northwest in search of the perfect local beer.
Lindsey joined OLCV as the Political Director in 2014. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Lindsey got her start on political campaigns as part of the field team on US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s primary election in 2011. Just prior to joining OLCV, she served as campaign manager for one of OLCV’s continuing champions, Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. She has spent most of her life in Oregon, enjoying the beautiful landscapes that our state has to offer – those along the Oregon Coast in particular. Given any spare time, Lindsey will be running round Portland, catching up with friends, escaping to the Coast, adventuring at home or abroad, and generally finding any reason to be outside.
Christy Splitt joined OLCV in 2012 after serving as Legislative Director to Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan. She grew up in Chicago and Northern California before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. She then earned her Master’s degree in Education and became a high school civics teacher. After three years in the classroom, she decided to experience civics first hand by working in Oregon politics. After getting her start at the Bus Project, Christy served as Chief Legislative Aide to State Rep. Ben Cannon from 2007 to 2011, and helped launch Jefferson Smith’s race for Mayor of Portland. In her spare time, she coaches Lincoln High School’s National Champion Constitution Team and spends as much time as possible exploring Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.