Staff & Board

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).

Erin San Antonio

Youth Vote Coordinator

Contact about Election Internships
erin@nextuporegon.org

With roots reaching all the way to the Luzon Islands of the Philippines, Erin’s experience as a queer, first-generation, daughter of immigrants helps her navigate her day-to-day. She brings in a strong desire to advocate and support marginalized communities at a systemic level with means to create equitable and institutional change in the hopes of living in a fully decolonized and free world. Erin is Board Secretary of Momentum Alliance and also works as a Volunteer Coordinator at Portland State University’s Women’s Resource Center.

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 member (now 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).

Meet the Fall 2020 Youth Vote Interns!


Our staff is 60% people of color, 100% women, 100% LGBTQ, 100% bada** and all are under the age of 35.

Next Up Board of Directors

Sanne Stienstra

Sanne Stienstra

Chair

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

WLnsvey Campos

WLnsvey 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 Democratic Nominee for HD 28. She is well connected in Washington County and has extensive organizing experience and a desire to see more Latinx representation in public service. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board

Rep. Akasha 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

Kenya Juarez

Kenya Juarez

Money & Parties 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 Action Fund Board

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

Change & Governance Chair

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

Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Board Member

Jonathan is a gay white man with significant fundraising, non-profit program evaluation, and non-profit financial experience. Jonathan works at Cascade AIDS Project, and contributes toward growing the fundraising and financial management skills of other board members. *Also serves on the Next Up Action Fund Board as Treasurer

Luis Velasco

Board Member

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.

Aslan Newson

Board Member

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. 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. 

Michelle Hicks

Board Member

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

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 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


Our Next Up Board of Directors provides oversight and support to our work. They are 12 people with a richness of experience, ranging in age from 17-34. Our board is 83% women, 75% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and 25% LGBTQ. Our Board of Directors is comprised of fierce community advocates who are deeply committed to the success of our organization. 

Next Up Action Fund Board of Directors

Courtney Graham

Courtney Graham

Chair

Courtney Graham, a Political Strategist at SEIU Local 503, devotes her time to supporting candidates and campaigns that are committed to advancing economic, racial, gender, and reproductive justice for all Oregonians. She is passionate about increasing voter access and expanding opportunity for young Oregonians in order to address system inequities and building long-term power.

Robin Ye

Robin Ye

Board Member

Robin Ye is the Intermin 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 work. They are 16 people with a richness of experience, ranging in age from 23-34. The Next Up Action Fund board is 68% women, 62% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), and 25% LGBTQ. 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.)

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