Morgan joined our team as our Climate Organizer for the 2019 Long Session. She is originally from Southern Oregon, where she graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies in 2017. During her time at SOU, she was a heavily involved student with OSPIRG students, a student-run nonprofit organization that taught her about climate organizing. After graduating she became a Campus Organizer with OSPIRG students and trained new organizers how to make a difference on issues they cared about. A few things that she likes to do in her spare time include; exploring new hiking spots with her family, spending time in the kitchen cheffing up a delicious meal for friends and family, and when the weather is right, learning new hula hooping tricks.
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.
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.
Marquis joined in the winter of 2019. Marquis first got involved with activism and outreach in college at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Starting fall of 2016, he led as a Student Officer for the WWU chapter of Amnesty International for nearly 2 years. From there he want on to be involved with event organizing with the TEDxWWU conference where he learned the importance of the transfer of knowledge and storytelling about the human experience. His start in environmentalism came after being challenged and inspired by environmental coursework, which lead him to pursue an internship. As a Clean Energy Policy Intern with Resources for Sustainable Communities, he witnessed firsthand the immense value of grassroots organizing. Now having recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Community Engagement, he is ready to tackle environmental justice and equity work. When not working he enjoys volunteering, “being a nerd,” and karaoke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tanya joined OLCV in the summer of 2018 after graduating from Portland State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She moved to Portland from the midwest in 2014 to surround herself with the tranquility of the forests, oceans, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and was inspired to help protect Oregon’s natural beauty. Before OLCV, Tanya was an intern with the nonprofit Green Empowerment, where she became interested in the dynamic and engaging work in the environmental nonprofit field. Outside of work, she enjoys working on her project to help teach Lao youth English, hiking with her dog, playing the ukulele, and snowboarding.