Chief of Staff
Sara serves as Commissioner Jayapal’s chief of staff. She has more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations in both direct service and systems change. Her breadth of experience includes service and policy work related to homelessness, HIV and AIDS, immigrant services, international development, labor, environmental restoration, and many years in civic and volunteer engagement. Sara serves on the Board of Directors for Family Forward Oregon, NOPO Soccer League, and on the Site Council for Chief Joseph Elementary School. She holds a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Sara grew up in eastern Washington and has lived in North Portland since 2004. She enjoys hanging out in her vibrant neighborhood, playing softball, playing with her kids, and urban walks with friends.
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.