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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
Ricardo Lujan Valerio, aka Rico, was born in Nezahualcoyotle, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of nine. He lived in Hesperia California before moving to Ashland, Oregon during his sophomore year in high school. He graduated from Ashland High School and holds an Associate of Science in Business from Rogue Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Nonprofit Management) from Southern Oregon University. While attending college, Ricardo was an Oregon Student Association board member and served as a student Senator (Junior) and Associate Justice (Senior) at ASSOU. Ricardo’a background also includes being an immigration paralegal and avid immigrant activist. He was State Board Co-Chair for Unite Oregon, a statewide social justice organization, and later turned into the Bilingial/ Bicultural Organizer for Unite Oregon’s Rogue valley Chapter.
Office Phone: (503) 286-0477
Email: Ricardo[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
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
Email:Devin [AT] orstudents.org
Dave has been with OSA off and on for the past couple of years, first as a student at PSU then as a Vote Orgarnizer at LCC, then a Campus Organizer at SOU, now Dave is back again as our Field Organizer. In between he has had adventures working on ballot measures, local levies, partisan political campaigns, and housing advocacy. Dave enjoys learning about new things, hikes and out-door bbqs in the summer.
Email: Dave [AT] orstudent.org
Phone: (503) 286-0477
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
Perla was born in Mexico City and moved to Portland in 2006. Perla has participated in numerous campaigns on campus while attending the University of Oregon as well as OSA campaigns, specifically taking on a leadership role on the Oregon Students of Color Coalition serving as a co-chair in 2014-2015. Since leaving the OSCC board, Perla served as Co-Director for the Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER) and Co-Director of the University of Oregon’s Multicultural Center among other experiences. Perla also brings a large amount of campaign experience off campus, having participated as a volunteer and staff member in various programs including Multnomah Youth Commission, Momentum Alliance, Oregon Young Scholar Program and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Organizers in Training program. Perla enjoys reading Xicana literature and eating pizza.
Phone: (503) 286-0477
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.