Sara Ryan

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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 Bachelor's 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

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Policy Director

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 then moving to be 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 spent 2 years focused on foster youth and people with disabilities. Angela currently works for Commissioner Jayapal as her policy director focusing on economic justice, housing and homelessness, and workforce. 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.

Monique Smiley

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Office and Engagement Specialist

Monique is a rural Oregonian from a small town by the Columbia River and has ties to North and Northeast Portland. She comes to us from Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East as the Homeownership Program Coordinator where she provided pre-purchase support to Preference Policy homebuyers and lead the Homeownership Team’s outreach plan. Prior to Habitat for Humanity, Monique worked at Welcome Home Coalition, a metro-wide coalition that advocates for adequate funding for affordable housing, and supported the work of the Metro Affordable Housing Bond. She has been a Legislative Assistant for Representative Diego Hernandez of East Portland where she advocated for adequate education funding, revenue, housing, and immigrant rights. Equity is a central tenant in her work in increasing housing resources for homelessness individuals and families with a mental health condition. She is a recent graduate at Portland State University where she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Sociology. Monique loves to spend her free time with her family and their dog, tending to houseplants, playing video games, and talking about astrology.

Caroline Lopez

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MSW Intern

Caroline is in her senior year of the Master of Social Work program at Portland State University, in the macro concentration, Practice, and Leadership with Communities and Organizations. She has worked in non-profit organizations for over a decade in direct service and program coordination, focusing on racial justice, equity, and access for people experiencing houselessness and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has received training in organizing and social justice through her internship last year at Unite Oregon, focusing on the rights and well being of asylees, TPS recipients, refugees, immigrants, and People of Color. She is the founding member of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) for Racial Equity in Housing and Houselessness of SW Washington and a co-founding member of BIPOC Legislative Advocacy Coalition in SW Washington, both of which hold space for BIPOC residents to increase access in initiating local and state systems policy change through popular education and anti-oppressive practices. She believes in trauma-informed care; focusing on the well-being of staff, and trauma-informed services that reduce power dynamics and trusts people who come for services as the expert in their own lives. 

Caroline loves to spend her free time with her extraordinary partner of 25 years, Leandro, their amazing 9-year-old daughter, Neoma, and their sweet 16-year old-man pug, Tucker. She is also a meditation teacher, loves to hike, run, and relax with friends and family. She enjoys being in her cozy home and walking around her beautiful Portland neighborhood.