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
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.
Denise Welch, Communication and Development Associate, Ext. 201
Denise joined Partnership for Safety and Justice in January 2007, after three years as a member. She brings with her more than thirty years of administrative experience and a passionate commitment to criminal justice reform. Denise’s work experience includes many years of government and public service. As a person with personal experience with the criminal justice system, Denise brings a unique combination of professional and personal experiences which make her a valuable contributor to PSJ.
Brandy Sears, Administrative Assistant, Ext. 201
Brandy originally came on board as an Administrative Assistant for 18 months in 2009, and she joined us once again in January 2017. Between her two stints at PSJ, Brandy spent six years at the Bridgeport United Church of Christ, a Welcoming Congregation, where she skillfully ran the office to ensure that faith leaders could focus on worship, community, and their values of openness and affirmation. All the while, her interest in both legislative affairs and criminal justice continued to deepen, which makes her the right person to manage PSJ’s front desk.