Chris Vogel - Chair
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Chris has been a member of UU since the mid 90’s. She has a background in public relations, business administration, business ethics, micro-economics, statistics and education. She served as a consultant on stakeholder relations and regulatory affairs for various electric, gas, telephone and water utilities in the USA and Canada, supporting executives in implementing social responsibility policies and practices, advising companies to operate customer advisory panels to change internal operations, and listening through public-participation.
Re-purposing career skills, she advocates for vulnerable populations; she has a particular interest in equity, inclusion, poverty prevention and children at risk; helping to help shape legislation and encourage funding to assist historically underserved at-risk populations. She follows revenue and tax reform and is Educaon Policy Coordinator, LWVOR Legislative Action; teaming with colleagues who cover Social Policy, Governance and Natural Resources within the Oregon Legislature
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville
Kathleen attended both the GA in Phoenix on immigrant rights and the recent one in New Orleans with a focus on white supremacy. She worked one winter in Phoenix for the Welcome to America project, which helps refugees.
She is on the Unidos Bridging Community board of directors and teaches citizenship classes. She reads to Kindergarteners in the SMART program at Sue Buell elementary, which is 50% Hispanic.
She has been involved in various immigrant rights marches and local activities and attended the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) annual training for the past several years as well as workshops by PCUN, the farmworker rights organization.
Although immigrant rights is her main passion, she has been active in various social justice efforts.
John W. Raymonda
Florence Unitarian Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
John is from Florence OR. and is the Social Justice elected leader for the fellowship. John's major social justice concern is with income inequality and the need to replace a minimum wage with a living wage.
First Unitarian Church, Portland OR
Anne Nesse is the founder and director for SustainableEconomiesNW.com , an organization of professionals that presents testimony on legislation that can gradually lead to increasing the resiliency of our state towards health and justice.
She has been a member of the Unitarian Church in North Idaho and in the Portland area for over 15 years. She has earned Bachelors Degrees in
Nursing and Psychology from the University of Washington, as well as certificates in K-12 Education from Portland State University and North Idaho College. Following completing over 20 years of work in nursing and education, she became politically involved with state law concerning justice and income inequality. She authored and led the fight for an initiative law in Idaho to increase the minimum wage.
She has studied extensively in the last 10 years about how our current world systems of energy, agriculture, economy and money contribute to our lack of resiliency on our planet. She lives in Gresham, Oregon with her partner, and attends First Unitarian Church in Portland. She belongs to several groups within the Church, including a book study on economic justice.
David e. Delk
First Unitarian Church, Portland; Wy'East Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portland
David has been a democracy activist/advocate for many years, having served as a chief petitioner for two statewide initiatives (46/47) to allow and then to place limits on campaign contributions in Oregon elections. Those measures were on the ballot in 2006. In 2011, he founded the Portland chapter of Move to Amend immediately following the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Move to Amend advocates amending the US Constitution to overturn the court created doctrines that money = speech and that corporations are people.
He lead the Portland chapter of the Alliance for Democracy and is also the national co-chair.
Several years ago, he formed the Portland Public Banking Alliance to advocate for creation of a city of Portland Public Bank.
At the First Unitarian Church, he was a member of the Economic Justice Action Group where he organized speaker events, documentary film screenings and gathered signatures on various local & state level initiatives.
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship
Josie has been involved in social justice, especially issues of income inequality, since moving to Portland in 1998. She was an active member of the Economic Justice Action Group (EJAG) of the First Unitarian Church in Portland where she worked on the issues of fair trade. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Tax Fairness Oregon, a citizen watchdog group that studies Oregon’s revenue and tax expenditure bills and advocates to promote a tax system that serves the common good that is fair, progressive and adequate. Since the group’s inception, she has focused on wealth inequality, such as preserving the estate tax, and reducing tax giveaways to special interests and the wealthy. As a member of the Oregon Democracy Coalition, she has advocated against the influence of money at all levels of government, and has worked with other coalition partners on a variety of topics, partners including Jobs with Justice, the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Our Oregon, ACLU and Common Cause.
Presently, she is co-chair on the Washington County Unit of the League of Women Voters and is a member of the State League’s Action Team. She wrote about Medicaid health care funding (Measure 101) for the LWV Voters Guide, and currently researches and reports on government transparency for the League.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis (UUFC)
Claudia has been a UU member since 1989 when she joined First Unitarian Church of San Jose in California. She has a background in business support finance and worked for a global technology firm for 30+years. During the 1990’s as a member GLBT community she advocated with a number of faith and secular groups to address the anti GLBT Ballot measures. In 1996, UUFC Corvallis and First Unitarian Portland both had Anti Hate RED Ribbons around their buildings.
Her interest in social justice work was rekindled in 2012 during a Wild Goose (interfaith) festival weekend in Corvallis Oregon. In retirement she serves as the LWVOR Action Committee Climate Emergency Coordinator, LWV Corvallis board member and chair of its Climate Change committee and member of the LWV U.S. Climate Team. She has recently worked on Immigration, Hate / Bias Crime and Human Rights portfolio via LWV Oregon Action advocacy, including a LWV convention climate migration/immigration / human rights caucus program and a immigration LWV convention resolution. She is also interested in energy efficient affordable (net zero capable ) housing using 21st century factory modular technology and community land trust based models that ensure permanent affordable housing solutions.