Meet the people who make the work happen.

Staff

Samantha Gladu

Executive Director

Contact about partnerships, advocacy and media inquiries samantha@nextuporegon.org

Samantha (she/her) is a queer white woman who believes in addressing power inequities by building representative and progressive anti-racist leadership. With a degree in community development and a background in organizational development, Samantha has worked on issues globally at the United Nations, regionally as board vice president for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, statewide and locally on campaigns, and in both chambers of the legislature. She also serves as a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon board of directors and was a founding board member and co-director of New Leaders Council Portland. When she’s not working to make the world a better place, Samantha is playing bass in her feminist punk bands, cuddling her dog Pierre, or sampling the best of Oregon’s food, wine and beer with her spouse Zach.

Devin Ruiz

Devin Ruiz

Community Engagement Organizer

Contact about volunteer opportunities or events devin@nextuporegon.org

Devin Ruiz (she/her) is a queer Latina from Los Angeles, CA and finds revelatory opportunities in community work. Devin has an unwavering commitment to centering Black, Indigenous, people of color, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and youth in their grassroots community engagement work. She obtained dual degrees in Political Science and Women’s Studies from PSU and wrote her thesis on how white supremacy is reproduced through racial grammar. When Devin is not deep in theory or YouTube, you can find her at the spa or overdressed and trying to find any and all warmth in Portland (usually in the form of community, chisme, and food). 

Isabela Villarreal

Youth Leadership Coordinator

Contact about high school opportunities isabela@nextuporegon.org

Isabela (she/her) is a queer mestiza youth advocate. She received a BA in Community Development from PSU and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Participatory Budgeting Oregon. Her experience co-founding a non-profit in high school and subsequent work with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (PSU), Verde, SOLVE, and Habitat for Humanity instilled in her the power of youth and community work to bring about social and political transformation. In addition to her love for all things justice-related, she also enjoys chasing sun spots, reading afro-futurism and woc centered sci-fi novels, and eating anything made out of potatoes (especially curly fries and ajiaco).

Anna Duley

Development Intern

Anna (she/they) is currently studying Sociology with a concentration in critical race theory. Anna grew up in Tokyo, Japan which is where her interest in social justice on a global level began. Anna’s passions are specifically rooted in human rights and civic engagement. They are excited to be a part of Next Up and advocate for systemic change through youth-led organizing! 

Emily Bookstein

Development Associate

Contact about donations or monthly memberships emily@nextuporegon.org

Emily (she/they) is a white queer person committed to moving resources to fund grassroots community organizing, as led by the communities most impacted. As a Portland chapter leader of Resource Generation and a Giving Project Board Member with Social Justice Fund NW, she has developed organizing and fundraising skills rooted in social justice principles and a belief in personal transformation through collective action. Previously, Emily had a day job as a software engineer. She appreciates great fiction, nerding out about organizing and facilitation, and taxonomies of personality (personal stats: type 1/INFP/Virgo/Gryffindor).


Our staff is 50% people of color, 100% women, 100% LGBTQ, 100% bada** and all are under the age of 35.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of fierce community advocates who are deeply committed to the success of our organization. 

Next Up Board of Directors

Luis Velasco

Chair

Luis is a first-generation Mexican-American student at the International School Of Beaverton & PCC, where he will receive his IB Diploma & Associates Degree in General Studies. As a low-income student, he’s vocal about investing resources into underprivileged communities. Luis is passionate about changing our education system and hopes to reform it into an equitable system that serves all.

WLnsvey Campos

Representative-Elect Campos

Treasurer

Wlnsvey is the daughter of immigrants and brings knowledge from growing up in Bandon, OR and making her adult life in Aloha. She works as a Case Manager at Family Promise of Beaverton and is the youngest woman ever elected to the Oregon legislature, serving House District 28 (Aloha & Beaverton). She has extensive organizing experience and a desire to see more Latinx representation in public service. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Representative Lawrence-Spence

Board Member

Akasha is a Black, Caribbean American woman who represents SW Portland in the Oregon State Legislature. She is the Founder & Principal Designer of Fifth Element, and Founder of Melanated. Her work is at the intersections of financial empowerment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and community stewardship, with an emphasis on frontline communities. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Aslan Newson

Secretary

Aslan (she/her) is a queer, Afro-Indigenous member of the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon. She attends Wilson High School in Southwest Portland, where she will be serving her second year as President of the Black Student Union. Over Summer 2020 she helped co-create and lead the group Fridays4Freedom. Aslan is passionate about creating an equitable education system for underprivileged students, as well as uplifting the voices and experiences of BIPOC communities in all forms of leadership. 

Amanda
Squiemphen-Yazzie

Amanda
Squiemphen-Yazzie

Board Member

Amanda is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs where she was raised on her family’s cattle ranch. She recently graduated from PSU’s undergraduate Social Work program. She is a proud Navajo, Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakima woman who brings significant perspective, community organizing, and communications prowess. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Hannah Alzgal

Hannah Alzgal

Board Member

Hannah is a Palestinian-American woman who is first generation in the U.S. Her experience in organizing and politics has shaped the driving force for her work to bring a diversity, equity, and inclusive lens. She has vocalized for a racial justice method for the voting methodology of the organization that will be implemented past leadership transitions. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Winta Yohannes

Winta Yohannes

Board Member

Winta was born in Eritrea and raised in Portland, where she graduated from Reed College. She is passionate about building community power and brings experience as a nonprofit executive, with a background in research, policymaking, and local government. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Sanne Stienstra

Board Member

Sanne brings meaningful social justice philanthropy experience from her activism with Social Justice Fund NW and Resource Generation. She is a white woman and holds a masters in public administration, with a focus on nonprofit management and environmental policy. She brings a willingness to help with literally any project. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Lex Jakusovszky

Board Member

Lex cares deeply about opening doors and providing support for new leaders. They have been able to create affinity groups with the Oregon State Legislature and bring people together for support that makes it more possible for them to stay in spaces that are hostile to non-dominant culture folks. Lex is a non-binary white person, and is also a Board Member of the Center for Women’s Leadership, and a proud alum of the Catalyst Transgender Leadership Program with Basic Rights Oregon. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Michelle Hicks

Change and Governance Chair

Michelle (she/her) is a mixed, chronically ill, Korean American from California who currently works as a Field Organizer at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) where she lives and loves everything political. She is passionate about creating radical access to resources and movements through community organizing and democracy reform. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board


Our Next Up Board of Directors provides oversight and support to our work. Our Board of Directors is comprised of fierce community advocates who are deeply committed to the success of our organization. They are 11 people with a richness of experience, ranging in age from 16-33. Our board is BIPOC women lead, with the board being 81% women, 81% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and 18% LGBTQ.

Next Up Action Fund Board of Directors

Kenya Juarez

Chair

Kenya grew up in Woodburn, Oregon with her first-generation Mexican immigrant family. She is a communications professional who has shared her expertise in our rebranding strategy and major donor campaign. *Also serves on the Next Up Board

Robin Ye

Robin Ye

Treasurer

Robin Ye is the Interim Political Director at Oregon Futures Lab and grew up as a first-generation Chinese American in Beaverton, Oregon. Robin is an organizer by trade, and political junkie at heart who brings a deep breadth of experience on statewide campaigns and political organizing.

Joséluis Jimenez Maldonado

Joséluis
Jimenez Maldonado

Base Building & Policy Chair

Joséluis is a Latino immigrant that grew up in Salem, OR where his work in the community inspired him to take political matters into his own hands. He is a seasoned organizer and teacher, that believes collectively uniting and demanding action and accountability is imperative for political transformation.

Hayden Miller

Hayden Miller

Secretary

Hayden Miller was born in Beaverton, raised in Hood River and has been a passionate political organizer, legislative aid, and spokesman for a statewide ballot measure campaign. They now work in the office of Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson. They are committed to making Oregon a state where all who call it home have access to what they need to be happy, healthy, and successful.

Justin Low

Board Member

Justin is a Chinese and Filipino-American, who grew up in a rural part of Oregon City, OR. He works as a Criminal Defense Paralegal for indigent defendants and serves as the Director of Student Programming for the Oregon Association of Student Councils. His commitment to criminal justice reform and experience in youth organizing, are what guide his political advocacy for a more just and equitable Oregon.


Our Next Up Action Fund Board of Directors provides oversight and support to our C(4) work. Our Board of Directors is comprised of fierce community advocates who are deeply committed to the success of our organization. (Additional members are listed under Next Up Board of Directors because they direct both organizations.) They are 13 people with a richness of experience, ranging in age from 16-34. The Next Up Action Fund board is 85% women, 77% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and 15% LGBTQ.

Hear from our Squad

Ep. 1 Joséluis Jimenez

Joséluis is a Latino immigrant who grew up in Salem, OR where his work in the community inspired him to take political matters into his own hands. He is a seasoned organizer and teacher, that believes collectively uniting and demanding action and accountability is imperative for political transformation. Learn more about the Oregon DACA Coalition at oregondacacoalition.org.

Ep. 2 Wlnsvey Campos

Episode 2 of Next Up’s Democracy Done Right Podcast featuring Wlnsvey Campos. Wlnsvey is the daughter of immigrants and brings knowledge from growing up in Bandon, OR and making her adult life in Aloha. She works as a Case Manager at Family Promise of Beaverton, has extensive organizing experience, and a desire to see more Latinx representation in public service.

Past Board Members

Helena Huang
Heather Kmetz
Ethan Krow
Kelli Horvath
Gerik Kransky
Nolan Lienhart
Sarah Masterson
Jeff Malachowsky
Evyn Mitchell
Alberto Moreno
Jake Oken Berg
Justin Pabalate
Mac Prichard
Sara Ryan
Mike Radway

Maurice Rahming
Linda Roman
Amy Ruiz
Andrew Scott
Matt Singer
Jonathan Singer
Jason Skelton
Joel Shapiro
Representative Jefferson Smith
Joe Smith
Dan Torres
Nathan Howard
Kathleen Stuart
Tara Sulzen
David Vernier

Amy Sample Ward
Becca Uherberlau
Christel Allen
Susan Allen
Lizzy Atwood Wills
Caitlin Baggott
Brendan Barnicle
Representative Brent Barton
Joe Baessler
Sarah Baessler
Steph Barnhart
Cyreena Boston Ashby
Representative Ben Cannon
Sam Chapman
Ryan Christensen


Charles Denson
Saul Ettlin
Kate Fagerholm
Joel Fischer
Senator Lew Frederick
Josh Goldberg
Ian Greenfield
Carmen Vintro
Auna Castellón
Zoe Bluffstone
Mahala Ray
Gabrielle Cosey
Amira Tripp-Folsom
Courtney Graham
Jonathan Frochtzwajg