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Lamar was born in Houston, Texas (also the same place Beyonce was born), but was raised in Hillsboro, Oregon most of his life. He got his start in student government politics when he was first elected President of his 4th grade class. He attended the University Of Oregon where he received a degree in Political Science. In his time at the UO, Lamar served as a student Senator and as Chief of staff in his final year. He also worked at the Student Recreation center on campus and served as the University Representative on the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Lamar served as the OSA Legislative Director for a little over two years before becoming the Executive Director.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Email: Lamar [AT] orstudents.org
Perla was born in the State of Mexico and moved to Portland in 2006. Perla participated in numerous on campus and OSA campaigns while attending the University of Oregon. As a UO student, Perla served as Co-Director for the Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER), internal director for MEChA and Co-Director of the University of Oregon’s Multicultural Center among other experiences. She took on a leadership role on the Oregon Students of Color Coalition serving as a co-chair in 2014-2015. Perla has also participated in various campaigns and programs with the Multnomah Youth Commission, Momentum Alliance, Oregon Young Scholars Program and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Organizers in Training Program. Prior to becoming the Legislative Director Perla served as the OSCC Field Organizer. Perla enjoys reading Xicana literature, spending time with OSCC Alumni and loves, loves dancing cumbia, salsa, and huapangos.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Cell: (503) 358-2927
Email: Perla [AT] orstudents.org
Born in Santa Rosa California, Torii has been fighting on behalf of the students of Oregon since her Freshman year at Southern Oregon University. She has held leadership positions such as chair of The OSCC Board, Statewide Vote Committee Chair, OSA Executive Committee Chair, and Student Body President at SOU. She has seen the incredible power of statewide student associations and their ability to build electoral power to enact change. Torii joined the OSA team with the hopes of continuing to provide students the opportunity to develop as student leaders, build collective power and change the way the state of Oregon views public higher education. In the rare moments that she is not plotting her next move to advance student causes, she enjoys being outdoors, dancing to live music, and learning new things like why you never make the 1st or 3rd out of an inning at 3rd base.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Email: Torii [AT] orstudents.org
Andrew was raised in Southern Oregon. During his time as a student at the UO, he worked as Communications Director with the ASUO and as a fundraiser for the UO’s Annual Giving Program. He has worked in nonprofit social media management and sales and was previously OSA Campus Organizer at the University of Oregon. In his free time, he enjoys making music, writing poetry, and hiking.
Phone: (541) 292-3870
Email: andrew [AT]orstudents.org
This is Devon Backstrom. Devon was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He later moved to Seattle, Washington, and then he moved to McMinnville, Oregon. Devon studied Business Administration but later changed in major at Portland State University to Biology. While at PSU Devon served as an elected member of student government in ASPSU and was appointed to numerous positions as a student leader and a student voice. Devon first joined OSA in 2012 as a board member for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSCC) for PSU, and later became the treasurer, administrative director and consistent representative for OSA in the capitol. Devon later worked for OSA as a Vote or Vote organizer before finding his current position as the SOU Campus Organizer. Finding a love of organizing, policy along with his longtime interest in science changed Devon’s aspirations from Medical school to Law-school. Devon enjoys debate, politics, and all things science but loves to collect obscure trivia regardless of genre. In his free time Devon watches copious amounts of anime, plays Dungeons and Dragons and cooks elaborate meals. Devon is cool. Be like Devon.
Email: Devon [AT] orstudents.org
Office Phone: (541) 552-6561
Homegrown right here in Oregon, Mike Jones was born in Portland but raised in Albany for most of his life where he graduated from Linn-Benton Community College in 2015. During his time their he served as the Legislative Affairs Director for two consecutive years and sat on the OSA Board of Directors. Mike has also worked on projects such as the 2014 Vote OR Vote campaign, the Student Fee Autonomy Committee and several governance boards during his time at LBCC. Aside from student advocacy and Higher Ed, Mike’s passions include Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and all manner of video games.
Email: Mike [AT] orstudents.org
Office Phone: (541) 463-3237
Molly was born in Seattle, Washington and has lived in Oregon since they were 2 years old. They attended Portland Community College for 4 years, where they became involved in student government. Molly first worked with OSA as a student during the 2016 Vote campaign. As the District Student Council Chair, they were the first non-voting student representative appointed to the Board of Directors at PCC, and during their time in student leadership, they worked to increase in the Student Activity Fee to bolster club programs and resource centers. Most recently, Molly was the Vote Organizer for the PCC Cascade and Southeast campuses for Spring 2018. In their free time, they enjoy reading science fiction, watching science and sociological documentaries, and spending time with friends.
Email: Molly [AT] orstudents.org
Emily was raised in Tigard, OR and graduated with a degree in political science from Southern Oregon University. During her time as a student, Emily served as an ASSOU senator, director of governmental affairs, and student body vice president. Additionally, she sat on OSA’s board of directors for three years, serving as OSA’s executive committee chair during her senior year. Outside of organizing, Emily enjoys listening to live music, reading, and hiking.
Email: emilyp [AT] orstudents.org
Office Phone:(503) 286-0477