Staff

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Andy Ko, Executive Director, Ext. 205

Raised in the Northeast, Andy has spent half of his professional life in the Pacific Northwest. An attorney by training, he spent the first decade of his career litigating homelessness prevention cases in New York City and providing general legal services to low income people in Washington State. Andy later served as Director of the Drug Policy Reform Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and State Strategies Counsel for the Drug Law Reform Project of the national ACLU. Andy came to PSJ following three years as Campaign Manager for the Campaign for a New Drug Policy at the Open Society Foundations. He attended Tufts University and New York University School of Law.

Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, Ext. 210

Raised in Portland, Shannon spent two years working for the Metropolitan Public Defenders before moving to New Orleans in 1994. She spent almost fourteen years there working for criminal justice reform primarily in the area of juvenile justice. Initially hired as an investigator/mitigation specialist working on death penalty cases, she later co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. Before moving back to Portland, she spent two years as the Policy Director for Innocence Project New Orleans. She joined PSJ in March 2008.

Cleo Tung, Development Director, Ext. 208

Born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Southern California, Cleo is a second generation Taiwanese American. She joined PSJ in August 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s individual and foundation development efforts. Previously, she worked in development at UCLA. Her time there was dedicated to improving mentorship and access to STEM education for students of color and raising support for the university’s research, education and community outreach programs in women’s health. Cleo received a BA in Criminology from UC Irvine and MPhil in Criminological Research from University of Cambridge.

Anita Rodgers, Finance & Operations Director, Ext. 202

Anita joined the staff at PSJ in November 2015, but she has been a part of the PSJ family for over a decade, serving on our board of directors from 2004 to 2012 and taking on leadership roles as both board treasurer and board chair. Since 2003, Anita had worked with our friends and supporters at the MRG Foundation where she held key grantmaking and leadership positions including serving as Deputy Director. MRG’s Executive Director Sharon Gary-Smith – also a past member of PSJ’s Board of Directors – has described Anita’s “incredible talents” and predicted that “Anita’s expert strategic, operational, and financial thinking” will deepen and fortify our work.

Talia Gad, Communications Director, Ext. 207

Talia’s commitment to social justice developed throughout her roundabout path to PSJ. In the political sphere, Talia logged the 2015 legislative session in Salem, after which she helped develop a broad policy platform as campaign manager for a competitive local race. Prior to that, she spent about a decade doing crisis advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and another decade managing public health prevention education programs. She’s an all-around fan of Oregon’s natural beauty, gluten, and the serial comma.

Amy Davidson, Crime Survivor Program Director, Ext. 204

A long-time advocate and family service provider in Bend, Oregon, Amy comes to us with over 15 years of experience supporting and advocating on behalf of crime survivors. Through policy work, professional development, and community engagement, Amy’s developed a keen understanding of intersectionality and the complexity of crime victim and survivor work. She takes pride in being slightly rough around the edges when it comes to her interests in wood splitting, old episodes of Soul Train, and whitewater canoeing, but can really stand behind sophisticated pens and a good debate about anything.

Aron Klein, Program Associate, Ext. 201

Aron joined our team in January 2018 after volunteering with PSJ for several years, starting with his first Lobby Day in 2014. He spent 10 years supporting stigmatized populations and understands that rehabilitation is possible when people have access to help, communal support, and hope for the future. Aron has worked on a variety of social justice campaigns, including California’s equal marriage campaign. He’s a fan of Portland’s local food scene and has spent several years working in gourmet grocery. When he’s not working, you’ll probably find Aron square dancing, ringing hand bells, making breakfast, partially finishing crossword puzzles, or playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Beezie Burton, Crime Survivor Program Intern

Born and raised in Portland, Deolanda “Beezie” Burton is a Graduate Student at Portland State University studying Conflict Resolution. She has an associate degree in Psychology, an associate degree in Women’s Studies, and a Bachelor’s in Social Science. After working jobs that didn’t mean a whole lot to her, she decided to get her degree and do something that was meaningful to herself and the community. Her interests include criminal justice, gangs and gang violence prevention, the prison system, coloring, and hiking to waterfalls with her husband and dogs for relaxation.