April Christenson joined OLCV as Communications Coordinator in September 2015, after relocating to Portland from Omaha, Nebraska where she worked as Marketing Specialist for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and worked in several 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 trail 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.
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.
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.
Krista joined OLCV in March of 2017 and is proud to be an advocate with OLCV as their Digital Coordinator. Her past experience includes lobbying and campaign experience, as well as time spent working in local theatre. A native Californian, she lived all over the state: driving past the sandstone cliffs of Pescadero to get to high school and the granite bluffs of Yosemite to get to community college. She has an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Portland and a BA in political science from the University of California, Riverside. Since moving to Oregon in 2014, she has enjoyed coaching the Speech & Debate Team at the University of Portland, as well as performing with ComedySportz Portland.
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.
Malena joined OLCV in August 2016 after relocating from Madison, Wisc. Born and raised in Southern California, Malena graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Since graduation, she has worked in the legal field and is excited to get back to her environmental roots. Growing up, she spent many summers volunteering with environmental groups, including the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Malena enjoys a wide range of hobbies, from hiking and swimming to cooking and knitting. She is excited to explore Portland and get lost wandering around Oregon.