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Yasmin Ibarra was born in Hermiston, Oregon and got her start in politics in college at Western Oregon University. Involved in student groups and student government as Student Body President, Yasmin organized and lobbied on tuition equity and affordable education. These experiences showed her the power of individuals to address issues of racial and economic injustice. To continue movement building work for marginalized communities Yasmin joined the Oregon Student Association, first as a field organizer and later as the events & development director before joining the team as the current Executive Director. In her free time she enjoys watching her favorite basketball player Lebron James dominate the court and dancing to her favorite banda or bachata song.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Rachel attended University of Portland, where they majored in Theology and played bass in the jazz band. After graduating in 2010, Rachel began organizing at VOCAL New York, where they worked on campaigns around affordable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, health policy, and criminal justice reform. Since then, Rachel has occupied their time with electoral engagement in New York, the 2012 Vote OR Vote campaign, a stint in the Oregon Legislature in 2014, and worked for OSA as the University of Oregon Campus Organizer for two and a half years before becoming the Organizing Director. In their free time, Rachel tries to drink their body weight in coffee.
Office Phone: (541) 346-0629
Email: Rachel [AT] orstudents.org
Devin was born and raised in Alaska, but ended up attending Southern Oregon University where she earned a degree in Communication. She served as OSERA co-chair and Director of Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity for the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. Devin also worked for the Event Planning Involvement Committee on her campus and was a building manager for the student union at SOU. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, attending concerts, drinking coffee, traveling, and snowboarding
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477 ext. 106
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.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Email: Lamar[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.
Office Phone: (541) 552-6561
Andrew Rogers (pictured right) was raised in Southern Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Philosophy and Spanish. During his time at the UO he worked as Communications Director with the ASUO and as a fundraiser for the UO’s Annual Giving Program. In his free time he enjoys making music, writing poetry, and hiking.
Email: andrew [AT]orstudents.org
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
Zach is from College Station, Texas where he attended both Blinn College and later Texas A&M University double majoring in economics and political science. He was active in several organizations including the geography club, math club, Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law academic fraternity), student government association, Texas A&M Democrats, and Texas A&M Pre-law, Sport Management, and Economics organizations. He also worked as a camp counselor at camp for children in Bryan, TX and volunteered at the Houston food bank and the Bryan-College Station Boys and Girls Club, along with working multiple jobs during undergrad. Before coming to OSA Zach worked as an educator at Bethel school district in Eugene, OR while completing a fellowship with the Raise the Wage Oregon campaign. He has also been involved in a number of other campaigns including a State Representative, a City Council race, and multiple ballot initiatives here in Oregon, and Wendy Davis for governor (TX). He has also worked at polling stations in Texas for elections before he moved to Oregon. He enjoys yoga, riding his bike, his dog Wookie, the outdoors, and he is a diehard fan of Texas A&M sports.
Kaylynne was born and raised in Michigan, but ended up attending college in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona, before finally finding her home in the PNW. She attended Northern Arizona University, where she earned a BS in Psychology and Gender/Sexuality Studies. During her undergrad, she worked as a mentor to freshman LGBTQ+ students, served as President of Associated Students for Women’s Issues, and participated in voter registration campaigns that specifically sought out folks from traditionally marginalized groups. Outside of work, Kaylynne enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry, traveling, and hanging out with her cat Basil.
Email: Kaylynne [AT] orstudents.org
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477