- Kelley Weigel, Executive Director
- Steve Mayes, Director of Finance and Operations
- Jamee Greer, Community Relations & Resource Development
- Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Director
- Tashia Harris, Racial Justice Program Director
- Owen Smith, Capacity Building Manager
- Jackie Altamirano, Trainer and Organizer
- Yee Won Chong, Senior Strategy Consultant
Kelley Weigel brings a passion for justice to her decades of community organizing – a plus when looking at her resume of front line efforts to fight the right in the Pacific Northwest. Kelley started with the Center in 2002 and has been instrumental in the Center’s multi-issue approach to working for social justice. Organizations credit the Center’s support in advancing their own wins and successes for racial and gender justice.
She is a graduate of the Center’s first intensive leadership program, the Western Institute for Leadership Development. WILD clinched Kelley’s commitment to organizing. She developed skills with Community Alliance of Lane County and then the Rural Organizing Project. Kelley also has worked on ballot measure campaigns proactive and defensive.
Kelley is a lifelong learner and that keeps her feeling fresh in this work. Having a seven year old son also keeps her on her toes.
- Superhero power to fight social injustice? The power to have individuals recognize that small and incremental change is just as powerful as splashy media moments.
Phone: (503) 893-3812
As the Director of Finance and Operations, Steve has been able to help the Center cut costs and implement new accounting systems that streamline our financial reporting work.
Steve joined the Center in 2010. Prior to coming to the Center, Steve was the Financial and Administrative Manager for Oregon Action a state-wide organization dedicated to building new leaders from underrepresented community members. In 2003, he began to focus on organizations devoted to social and economic change. Steve has assisted large and small businesses with fiscal management, technology, high level management and board consulting. He has served as treasurer on several nonprofit boards and currently volunteers for the local performing arts theaters.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing in a mountain cabin, hiking trails and cycling. You can always find him at the Alpenrose Velodrome enjoying cycling events put on by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.
- Theme song while fighting social injustice? Public Enemy's “Fight the Power” because the song is completely damning the systems of overt power, it’s also a statement of intent of wiping the social injustice slate clean, not only for black people but for all people.
Phone: (503) 893-3807
Tashia joined the Center's team in 2016 as Racial Justice Program Director. They bring years of experience in training, community facilitation, and mentoring work while in leadership at George Mason University's Women and Gender Studies Department. Tashia's focus on equity, inclusion, assessment and sustainability is rooted in the value of long term vision and that our movement needs to pace our work for the long haul to be successful. Tashia also served in a faculty capacity with courses in Women and Gender Studies, with a focus on using an intersectional lens for policy analysis and developing strong media critique.
They hold a M.A. in Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University and a B.S. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Mississippi College. Tashia comes from Montgomery, Alabama.
- Theme song while fighting social injustice? Anita Baker's “Giving You The Best That I Got” - We are all together in this fight for justice, so to speak, and investing the best of ourselves into it. Though this work becomes heavy, that known symbiosis keeps me going, and helps remind me that I’m also not in this alone. Plus, I just love Anita Baker- so soulful!
Phone: (503) 893-3805
Pronouns: they/them/theirs and he/him/his
Jamee is communications and fundraising staff at Western States Center, a dynamic training and organizing institute based in Portland, Oregon that works to build powerful social justice organizers, organizations and movements by addressing the wedge issues that divide us and building shared values and vision for action. He was part of the Center's VOTE (Voter Organizing Training and Empowerment) cohort from 2009-2013. Prior to joining the Center’s team, he worked at the Montana Human Rights Network for six years as Organizing Director and Lobbyist at the State Legislature. He was the lead organizer on the campaign to pass Montana’s first LGBT nondiscrimination protections through the Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman municipal governments, and provided technical assistance to a similar effort in Butte. Jamee served as lobbyist for three state legislative sessions, working on policy related to LGBTQ rights, reproductive and economic justice, immigration policy, racial equity, expanding access to healthcare, and countering the far right.
Jamee has experience in HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, and prevention with the Montana Gay Men’s Task Force and served on the Governor’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council for four years. Jamee has also served on the Board of Directors for ACLU of Montana and NARAL Pro-Choice Montana.
- Your theme song while fighting social injustice and why? "People Have the Power" by the poet Patti Smith: because she's right!
Phone: (503) 893-3803
Amy brings two decades of organizing, program, and policy experience to her role at the Center. Born and raised in Oregon, she spent much of the 2000s in Texas as a Senior Policy Analyst for a Latino health and social policy organization where she worked on everything from health equity, immigration, reproductive healthcare, voter suppression and redistricting, to San Antonio’s LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.
Amy has been committed to capacity building and leadership development by creating transformative spaces that build and support long-term organizing and organizational capacity. As a skilled facilitator and convener she has experience in bring together individuals from a cross-sector of expertise – community members, policy makers, researchers, service providers, and government. She has a long history working toward racial, economic, social, and health justice in an array of capacities with grassroots and national organizations.
Amy holds an M.P.A. from The University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a B.A. from The University of Oregon.
- Superhero power to fight social injustice? The ability to be in to be in multiple places at once- true multi-tasker!
Phone: (503) 893-3806
Owen brings over ten years of organizing and facilitation experience to the Center as Capacity Building Manager, working across all our programs to support trainings and leadership development. Owen is formally the Program Director at Equality Utah, where they worked on LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy. Prior to moving west, Owen worked for Equality Maryland, focusing on both the DREAM Act and marriage equality. Owen has facilitated many trans-inclusive trainings, and has worked to build leadership programs for transgender organizers with support from Gender Justice LA.
Owen believes strongly in community empowerment and engagement. They are a founding member of Baltimore's Team Trans Collective, a group focused on trans-inclusive trainings, and the Charm City Boys, a gender performance theatrical troupe.
- Your theme song while fighting social injustice and why? “Firework” by Katy Perry - I really like this song when thinking about social justice because it speaks to the power in each of us and when we share our stories for ourselves, it can change the world one person at a time.
Phone: (503) 893-3810
Jackie has over six years of experience working for immigrant justice and reproductive justice. An alum of the first We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) cohort, Jackie got her start on DREAMER advocacy and organizing around tuition equity. She served as a fellow at Western States Center before joining the staff, as a researcher on reproductive justice-related public policy and as Lead Coordinator for AMP (Activists Mobilizing for Power). Jackie is a graduate of Portland State University, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies.
- Your theme song while fighting social injustice and why? “Benny Lava” by Swetshop Boys, because the beat is moving and the lyrics are so spot-on and motivating for social justice work.
Phone: (503) 893-3809
Before becoming a consultant, Yee Won was the Development and Communication Director for Western States Center from February 2008 to April 2014. During Yee Won's first four years on staff the number of donors grew by 500%. Yee Won introduced new methodologies, changed the internal organizational culture and revamped the communication strategies at the Center. Yee Won translated these direct experiences into trainings and workshops to help grassroots organizations in various ways including storytelling, using new technology and centralizing relationship building in fundraising efforts.
In 2012, Yee Won presented "Beyond the Gender Binary" at TEDx Rainier in Seattle about growing up in Malaysia, being an immigrant and transgender. Before moving to the Northwest, Yee Won was the Development Specialist of United for a Fair Economy and Development Director of Haymarket People's Fund. Yee Won is currently on the board of directors for Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training.
Phone: (503) 893-3811