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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
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Jazmin attended Southern Oregon University and graduated with a degree in political science. Jazmin has served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University, Co-Chair for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition, VoteORVote Committee Chair and was an active member of the Latino Student Union throughout college. Jazmin was the OSCC Field Organizer for OSA. Jazmin has also dabbled in theatre and was part of a competitive jump-roping team once upon a time. Today, down time consists of reading, yoga, and playing ukulele. Not to mention finding, making, and eating delicious vegan food.
Email: Jazmin [AT] orstudents.org
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
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
Born and raised on the southern Oregon coast, Melinda Joy has engaged in organizing activities since grade school when she collected signatures for a local election. Her passion for civic engagement grew after attending Oregon Girls State, so much that she returned as a County Lead the following year. Melinda studied Community Health Education and Health Science at Portland State University. While attending college she has held multiple leadership positions, including Civic Engagement Activities Director, Student Senator and the Administrative Liaison for a student safety coalition. In her free time, she will be relaxing with friends, reading a good fantasy novel or stacking rocks by the river.
Email: melinda [AT] orstudents.org
Office Phone: (541) 552-6561
Anayeli was born in Hidalgo, Mexico and moved to Eugene, Oregon at the age of two. She ran her first campaign in middle school and proudly won her seat in office. Shortly after being the first in her family to graduate high-school and pursue a higher education, Anayeli began writing about her life experiences of being bi-cultural and publishing them for a local magazine. She explored her leadership interests and in 2014, was elected student body Vice-President at Lane Community College and served as Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of OSA. During this time, Anayeli served as the community college student representative on the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and represented undocumented students nation-wide as Chair of the DREAMers Caucus for the United States Student Association.
Brandi was born in Salem and grew up in Redmond, Oregon. Brandi got involved with the Associated Students of Central Oregon Community College and has had a passion for organizing ever since. During her time as a student with ASCOCC she organized the first Vote OR Vote drive in Central Oregon. After her time at COCC Brandi worked for OSF as a Vote organizer in 2014 and 2016 before becoming a Field Organizer. Brandi’s hobbies include camping, fishing, crafting, and listening to her favorite tunes.
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