oUR TALENTED TEAM
Rachel Sowray - Founder and Board Member
Rachel is a mom and local attorney who has always cherished a healthy American democracy and engaged communities. She spent time working on healthcare, housing, and education policy on Capitol Hill while earning her Masters in Public Policy. After law school, Rachel continued as a public servant and became a prosecutor. She is excited to build Politisit's program and empower families.
Gillian Wildfire - Strategist
Gillian is a Renaissance woman who has led successful referendum campaigns, traveled the world, and starred in musical theater productions. She earned her MBA and MPP from Carnegie Mellon and has since managed brand marketing and analytics for several companies. Gillian moved to Oregon a few years ago and continues to be heavily involved with community issues through her service on the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Budget Committee.
Kim Olson - Board Member
Kim is the mother of two young children and serves as policy advisor to an elected official. In her previous life/career, she earned a Master's of German and European Studies and served overseas in the U.S. diplomatic service. Since the move back to Oregon, she's been focused on state and local policy and its impact on women and families. She believes increased civic involvement will lead to better policy solutions and is excited to help families overcome a major barrier to getting involved.
Melissa Erlbaum - Board Member
Melissa is a leader in our community, working to diversify and expand women’s participation in civic engagement and leadership. She is currently the Executive Director at Clackamas Women's Services, which provides support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Melissa has worked in the field of public safety, criminal justice, victim services and homeless services for over 20 years, beginning as a volunteer at St. Luke’s Rape Crisis Center in New York City. Additionally she spent two years working in the field of environmental education, primarily for under-served youth. Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Energy and Environmental Policy from Hunter College, NYC.
Hannah Vasey-Vehrs - Board Member
Hannah has two young children and has been involved in her community through her work at Well Mama, a non-profit that supports mothers. She is the owner of Legal Risk Solutions, a firm that assists businesses in handling their risks and liabilities. She previously worked on risk management at the University of Oregon and as a civil litigator prior to that.
Angela Zahas - Outreach Coordinator
As a trained public health educator and social worker, Angela is ever imparting information and keeping communities working collaboratively together. She developed and managed adolescent health promotion and drug and alcohol prevention programs in Clark County, WA for eight years. Currently, she is the marketing manager for an urban planning consulting firm and a mom of two young children. Angela is thrilled to be joining Politisit as Outreach Coordinator, ensuring our message and service is used by families and communities throughout Oregon.