About Mel

I am a strong progressive who is dedicated to social justice and defending the environment.

I have a decade of experience as a political activist in Oregon championing public health and economic opportunity. I worked to get the worst junk foods out of Oregon schools, create Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden Program, and implement an age limit on the use of e-cigarettes that will result in fewer youth smoking and vaping.

IMG_1750I am a fifth generation Pacific Northwesterner from a very modest background. My single parent mother worked hard to make ends meet, which taught me determination and compassion for working families.

I love Portland because of the beauty and creativity of this city. I live in the Richmond district with my two beautiful girls, aged 3 and 6, and my wonderful wife of 11 years.

Boards, Task Forces, and Alliances that I’ve Served On – Current and Past

  • Board Member, Health Share of Oregon
  • Advisory Committee Member, Oregon Climate Change and Health Resilience Plan
  • Steering Committee Member, Oregon Health Equity Alliance
  • Community Advisory Committee, Multnomah County Community Health Improvement Plan
  • Portland City Club Task Force, Children’s Dental Health
  • Multnomah County Steering Committee, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Oregon Conservation Network

Awards Received

  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Emerging Leader Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • Policy Champion Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • Policy Determination Award, Children’s Dental Health Campaign
  • Policy Champion, Coalition of Community Health Clinics

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