Angela Donley is a third-generation Oregonian from Bend. She’s a proud mother of her son, Simon, and daughter, Elizabeth, with her high school-sweetheart, Brian. She graduated from the Family and Human Service Program at the University of Oregon with her Bachelors in Education and a minor in Drug and Alcohol treatment. Angela spent over eight years working directly with low-income families, adjudicated teens and foster youth before she received her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, with a focus on Administration and Leadership and an interest in policy change.
After graduation, Angela decided to leave direct service and focus on systems change within Oregon’s government. She started work in the Governor’s office in 2014, working directly with constituents and quickly moved up to become the Policy Assistant for the Public Safety, Housing and Human Services Policy Advisors. After two years in the Governor’s office, Angela moved on to become the Chief of Staff to Senator Sara Gelser where she stayed until coming to work for Commissioner Jayapal. When not working for Commissioner Jayapal, Angela works as an adjunct professor in the Portland State University School of Social work teaching both field seminar and field placement and Social Welfare History and Policy.