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.
Paige joined OLCV in June 2016 as our lobbyist for the Oregon Conservation Network. Prior to joining OLCV Paige had been the Policy and Communications Advisor to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, and Chief of Staff to Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward. Originally a southerner, Paige graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Comparative Literature. She moved to Oregon in 2010 and received her J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Portland’s Lewis & Clark Law School in January 2014. Honors include induction into the Cornelius Honor Society, a stipend for an environmental litigation internship through the Public Interest Law Project, and multiple Pro Bono Honors Awards. Paige is also on the 501(c)(4) board of the Bus Project. She loves traveling internationally and throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is often found around Oregon’s mountain slopes, beaches, and forests, or at bluegrass concerts.
Starting as an intern, Ryann joined the OLCV team in spring of 2017. Since then, she has found a true passion in combining her love for the environment with political action, moving from intern to full-time organizer. She is currently finishing her B.S. in Environmental Studies at Portland State University and has enjoyed playing 4 years of club lacrosse during college. Outside of work, some of her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, reading, and exploring new coffee shops in Portland.
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.
Francesca joined OLCV in June 2018 as the Digital Coordinator. In 2015 she received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and in 2018 she received her M.A. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Before coming to OLCV, Francesca worked as an intern with Nearby Nature, Oregon Wild, HEAL Utah, and the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club. She is also the author of three environmentally-themed novels– Call of the Sun Child, Listen, and The Seas of Distant Stars. Francesca grew up playing in the forests of Oregon, and she is passionate about protecting the natural world. In her free time she enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including hiking, yoga, figure skating, playing piano, identifying wild plants, and generally staying active in the outdoors.
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.
Chandler joined OLCV in March 2018 after serving as an Office Assistant at The Nature Conservancy. She grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and later graduated in December of 2016 from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering with an emphasis in water quality and natural treatment systems. Throughout her collegiate years, she interned for the Santa Cruz Coastal Watershed Council and The City of Watsonville focusing on sampling local water bodies and educating the general public. In her free time, she enjoys baking, camping and backpacking, gardening, and playing with her two rescue dogs.