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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is the Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. Tonia brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in public policy and direct service for children. She served for nine years as Executive Director of the Children’s Center in Clackamas County. There, she oversaw the development and significant expansion of services at the child abuse assessment center, and led a successful capital campaign to build a new medical center for children suspected to be victims of abuse. During the last two years, Tonia has worked as Director of Marketing and Development at the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon. Earlier in her career, Tonia served with Children First for Oregon for seven years as Policy Director and manager of Oregon’s KIDS COUNT project.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Policy Manager, is responsible for implementing the organization’s Fostering Success initiative. She aged out of Oregon’s foster care system at 18, and went on to graduate Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a BA in Spanish and has been an advocate for child welfare reform for nearly 10 years. She represents Children First on the Child Welfare Advisory Committee (including the Future Issues Workgroup, and Chairing the Safety in Foster Care Subcommittee). Pamela founded and acts as Program Director for the Oregon Foster Youth Connection, a program of Children First that brings together current and former foster youth to improve the system through advocacy, activism, and leadership. She also volunteers as a Board member for Bridge Meadows, an inter-generational community for adoptive families and elders, and as a Steering Committee member for A Home Within, a network of volunteer mental health practitioners committed to providing emotional support to current and former foster youth. In the past, Pamela volunteered as a Board member for the Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls and has been a spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, traveling, and wondering the aisles of Powell’s for the next great story.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Foundation Relations Manager, is responsible for coordinating Children First’s grant reports and proposals. With over four years of experience in development and donor relations, Deb is also the nicest person in the office, and can be relied upon to provide encouragement, sympathy and a great recipe for home-made marshmallows. Deb received her undergraduate degree in History from Reed College. When not at Children First, Deb can be found reading, crafting, and contemplating gender studies and the local food economy.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Communications Manager, earned her Master’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon and her work has appeared in Ms. magazine, Portland Monthly magazine, and Eugene Weekly among other titles.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Data Analyst, is responsible for coordinating KIDS COUNT publications, including the annual Progress Report and County Data Book. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Manager, brings diverse professional experience in community development, public health and advocacy. She holds an M.P.A. from California State University East Bay. After spending 16 years in the foster care system, she has a distinct understanding of the real issues facing foster youth.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Office Coordinator, works with the Executive Director to ensure that the office is functioning smoothly and efficiently.

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