Janine Gates

Constituent Services Specialist


Janine Gates was born and raised in Multnomah County. She is a third-generation Oregonian. She and her family primarily live in District 2 and she is excited to serve the district as Commissioner Jayapal's Constituent Services Specialist.

Janine graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta and American University in Washington, D.C. She studied Political Science and International Environment and Development. Her undergraduate studies confirmed her love for government/politics. She interned for former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, and worked with Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and former Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

Janine is passionate about community engagement, startups, higher education, and urban planning. She is currently a masters candidate in Portland State University's Urban and Regional Planning program. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys exploring nature, traveling, hanging out with her siblings, and dancing.