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.
Before joining our board in 2012, Imran interned at Partnership for Safety and Justice as a Research and Policy Associate and co-authored Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon’s Youth. An Oregon native, Imran is an Assistant Appellate Defender for the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago. In addition to his academic achievements, Imran tutors students in basic reading and writing skills through the Chicago Youth Programs. He received his BA from Reed College, an MA from the University of Chicago, and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Gina worked as a policy associate at Partnership for Safety and Justice before joining the board in 2017. In addition to advocating for a fairer justice system in Oregon and beyond, Gina recently began pursuing a second career in fitness and wellness. She’s a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer, and she also volunteers as an exercise coach in a fitness program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. She holds a BA degree in Sociology from New York University and is currently pursuing certificates in Exercise Science and Healthy Older Adult Fitness.
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 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's bio is coming soon.
Diane's bio is coming soon.
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 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's bio is coming soon.
Terry Leckron Myers
Terry has been a board member since 2006. She is the 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's bio is coming soon.
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.