Board

Board 2017-10-31T09:40:08+00:00

Thanks to our hard-working Board members.

Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Board Chair

Kalpana Krishnamurthy joined PSJ’s board in April 2012. She currently is the National Field and Policy Director for Forward Together, a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Her work includes developing state-based organizing and field programs in Oregon and New Mexico, as well as national policy organizing and support. She previously worked at Western States Center from 2005 to 2013 where she most recently served as the RACE Program Director and Gender Justice Program Director. Kalpana grew up in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. Her family includes two fabulous boys, Sachin and Kavi.

Debbie Burke, Treasurer

Debbie has worked professionally for over 35 years in Human Resources in high technology, and she recently retired. As an Executive Vice President for the past 12 years, she was a member of the senior staffs of a $400M and a $900M company and was involved in overall corporate policy and strategy for the two multinational companies. She has worked overseas extensively, mostly in SE Asia, and had longer term expat assignments in Israel and Malaysia.

In addition, she served on the board of Basic Rights Oregon as a board member and on the executive committee for 13 years, stepping down just recently. Basic Rights Oregon is a state-wide organization dedicated to ensuring that all LGBTQ Oregonians experience equality by building a politically powerful movement, and achieving policy victories. While on the Basic Rights Oregon board, Debbie helped the organization through many transitions, often providing HR and Organizational Development consulting. She really values the opportunity she had at BRO as they grew significantly and were influential in driving historical change in the movement. She currently volunteers as a facilitator for Girls Inc. whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. In the past she volunteered as a Long Term Care Ombudsman, advocating for elderly people in long term care facilities.

Jamie Thayer, Secretary

Jamie serves as a Director of Development at the OHSU Foundation where she focuses on raising major gifts for the institution. She most recently led the fundraising efforts for Grist, an online environmental news organization, and served previously as a major gifts officer at Environmental Defense Fund and Stanford University. In her free time she tries to keep up with her two young boys. A native Californian with a BA from Pitzer College, she loves calling Portland her home.

Imran Ahmad

Before joining PSJ’s board in April of 2012, Imran interned with us in 2010 and 2011 as a Research and Policy Associate and is co-author of PSJ’s landmark publication, Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon’s Youth. An Oregon native, he received his B.A. from Reed College in 2004. Imran went on to obtain his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2008 and his J.D. from from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Appellate Defender for the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago. Imran also finds time to tutor students in basic reading and writing skills through the Chicago Youth Programs. In addition to his academic achievements, Imran speaks fluent Urdu and is interested in creative writing, Jiu-Jitsu, basketball and yoga.

Gina Anzaldúa

Prior to joining the board in 2017, Gina worked as PSJ’s policy associate. She recently began pursuing a second career in fitness and wellness. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer and works as a weight room instructor at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland. She also volunteers as an exercise coach with Rock Steady Boxing, a fitness program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from New York University and is currently pursuing certificates in Exercise Science and Healthy Older Adult Fitness at Portland Community College. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue serving PSJ in this capacity and advocating for a fairer justice system in Oregon and beyond.

Lane Borg

Lane Borg is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Public Defenders. After graduating from Pomona College and Lewis & Clark Law School, he started his legal career at MPD in 1985. He has worked as Assistant Director for Multnomah Defenders, Inc. and as a Magistrate for the Circuit Courts. In 1995, he started Borg Strom & Greenlick and practiced law for 13 years before going back to MPD in 2008.

Lane served on the Ag Research Foundation that supports Oregon State University 1999 to 2010. He served on the OSB Ethics Committees, Bar Discipline Board, and Unlawful Practice of Law Committee. Currently, Lane is a member of the State of Oregon Drug and Alcohol Policy Commission and is a member of the State of Oregon Public Safety Task Force. Lane is an Adjunct Professor at L&C Law School teaching trial practice for 16 years and now teaching Ethics for the last seven years.

Lane is the current President of Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Iris Maria Chávez

Iris Maria Chávez is an education advocate and public affairs consultant, currently working with national and Oregon-focused organizations to advance equity by supporting the creation of sound, just policies that better communities in Oregon and across the nation. Iris Maria came to the Pacific Northwest from Washington, D.C., where she worked for over a decade in education policy and advocacy for civil rights and advocacy organizations such as the Education Trust and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Iris Maria’s volunteer work also focuses on community engagement and equity, she served as the Board Chair for the DC Police Complaints Board which oversees the the DC Office for Police Complaints. She also co-founded the Columbia Heights Day Initiative, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Columbia Heights neighborhood by creating local events where residents and visitors can connect and celebrate their community. Iris Maria earned a BA in History, Sociology & African Diaspora Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a MA in Social Policy from the University of Chicago.

Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris is a criminal defense attorney practicing in federal court and counties throughout the State of Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law where she secured a fellowship with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. After graduation, she worked as an associate attorney at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt for five years and served as lead staff for the Oregon Senate’s Committee on Rules and Elections during the 2005 legislative session. In 2007, Tiffany went to Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. (one of Multnomah County’s two public defender offices) and has practiced in the area of criminal defense ever since, as a public defender and now as an attorney in private practice. She served on the legal advisory board of Basic Rights Oregon for the first ten years of her legal career. Before law school, Tiffany won a Thomas J. Watson fellowship to travel to Dakar, Senegal and Paris to study the experiences of West African communities emigrating to France. Tiffany enjoys hiking, jogging, and cheering for her beloved Portland Thorns at home games.

Dana Hepper

Dana Hepper works for the Children’s Institute where she has been the Director of Policy & Program since 2013. She previously worked for nine years at Stand for Children, where her most recent position was as National Director of Policy Development. Before that, she was Stand’s  Advocacy Director and played a leading role in winning several key pieces of legislation to improve Oregon schools; she also was a community organizer for that group. Dana started her career as an elementary school teacher and pre-K teacher. She graduated Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Elementary Education.

Terry Leckron-Myers

Terry has been an active PSJ board member since 2006, having many years of experience working with individuals with multiple barriers to employment. Terry is currently the Mentor Program Director at Bridges to Change, empowering people by strengthening individuals and families affected by addiction, mental health, poverty, and homelessness. Terry has led people in recovery to making social changes as lead organizer for the Recovery Association Project in 2001. As Director of Central City Concern Portland Metro Worksource from 2003-2009, Terry created pathways to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in finding employment and integrating back into society. Terry feels strongly that all people deserve the chance to be tax paying citizens and live their lives with grace and dignity. Her interest in the board of the Partnership for Safety and Justice is to continue creating hope throughout the community by programs that fit in line with her own personal and professional goals.

Rebecca Peatow Nickels

Rebecca Peatow Nickels, MSW is the principle for RPN Strategies where she helps nonprofits be at their best. Her consulting work focuses on strategic planning, board governance, equity, and executive coaching. Previously, she was the executive director of Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line) from 2006-2017, leading the organization as it expanded crisis line services, increased its integration of equity and racial justice, and strove to be a survivor-led organization. Rebecca has been working alongside survivors of domestic and sexual violence in various capacities since 1996. She is a member of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Willamette Valley Development Officers, and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Rebecca has served as a board member since 2012.