Our dedicated volunteer board members help guide our vision and support our work. They come to us with professional expertise and extraordinary passion, and they inspire us every day. We’re deeply grateful for their time, their hearts, and their commitment to our mission.

Jamie Brown
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.

Debbie Burke

Debbie Burke
Debbie worked in Human Resources in high technology for over 35 years. Recently retired, she was involved in senior corporate policy and strategy for two multinational companies. She also worked extensively in SE Asia and had long-term assignments in Israel and Malaysia. As a volunteer, Debbie served on the board of Basic Rights Oregon for 13 years at a time when the organization saw significant growth and influence that ultimately drove historical change in the LGBTQ equity movement. Today, in addition to serving as a board member at Partnership for Safety and Justice, she also volunteers at Girls Inc. whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Iris Maria Chávez, Board chair
Iris Maria is a state and national education advocate and public affairs consultant who’s committed to advancing equity by supporting sound, just policies that better communities. She came to the Pacific Northwest from Washington, D.C., where she worked for over a decade in education policy, civil rights, and advocacy for organizations such as the Education Trust and the League of United Latin American Citizens. She also has expansive volunteer experience in community engagement, equity, and enriching local neighborhoods’ quality of life. Iris Maria earned a BA from Tulane University and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Chicago.

Gary Cobb
Gary has been involved with Partnership for Safety & Justice since our earliest days. A community organizer, social justice activist, and public speaker, Gary has been an advocate for some of our organization’s most pivotal wins. As a member of Central City Concern’s Public Policy Department, he focuses on service delivery in housing, health, and employment. Gary balances his time working on his motorcycle collection and is keenly adept at pushing his older Harley Davidsons when they break down. Gary also practices his drum chops with his band Rot Iron Soul, and he’s constantly learning how to be a better human companion to his dog Stax.

Diane Goodwin

Diane Goodwin
The daughter of an Irish immigrant, Diane Goodwin has dedicated her adult life to fighting for fairness and equality. She brings more than 25 years of communications and organizing experience to her role as an Account Director at Brink Co. Her work includes leading Oregon’s organizing effort for President Obama’s re-election campaign, managing communications strategy for Basic Rights Oregon, and building community support for public transportation at TriMet. Diane specializes in empowering people to share their stories, whether in an op-ed, in front of a camera, or before a legislative committee. An experienced media trainer and storyteller, she uses the power of personal narrative to bring about a more just America.

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. She worked as an associate attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and as lead staff for the Oregon Senate’s Committee on Rules and Elections during the 2005 legislative session. In 2007, she went to Metropolitan Public Defender, and she also served on the legal advisory board of Basic Rights Oregon for ten years. Tiffany enjoys hiking, jogging, and cheering for her beloved Portland Thorns.

Dana Hepper
Dana 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. Dana started her career as a pre-K and elementary school teacher. She graduated Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Elementary Education.

Roberta Hunte
Roberta's bio is coming soon.

Terry Leckron Myers
Terry has been a longtime criminal justice reform champion and Partnership for Safety & Justice board member since 2006. She has led key initiatives that promote healing and safety though criminal justice reform practices. Her work includes Mentor Program Director at Bridges to Change, empowering people by strengthening individuals and families affected by addiction, mental health, poverty, and homelessness. Terry also worked as lead organizer for the Recovery Association Project where she supported people in recovery to make social changes. As Director of Central City Concern Portland Metro Worksource, she created pathways to employment and community integration for formerly incarcerated people. In both her professional and volunteer careers, she’s driven by the belief that all people deserve to live their lives with dignity and grace.

Vanessa Usui
Vanessa's bio is coming soon.

Babak Zolfaghari-Azar
Babak Zolfaghari-Azar is a Community Healing Initiative Family Care Manager for PortlandOIC + Rosemary Anderson High School. He is a first generation Iranian-American and grew up in Beaverton, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University with a Masters Degree in Criminology, he has been dedicated to serving youth and families both in treatment centers and the community. Policy reform and community education, especially as it relates to Measure 11 and youth justice, is a major area of focus for Babak. Outside of social activism, Babak coaches a boys basketball team at Grant High School and spends his free time hiking, playing sports, and traveling the world with his wife.