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 at nonprofit organizations in both direct service and systems change. 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 has a BA in Sociology & Theology 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 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

A rural Oregonian from a small town by the Columbia River, Monique also has strong ties to North and Northeast Portland. She has a strong background in housing issues, having served as the Homeownership Program Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East where she provided pre-purchase support to Preference Policy homebuyers and led the Homeownership Team’s outreach plan. She also worked for the Welcome Home Coalition, a metro-wide coalition that advocates for adequate funding for affordable housing and supported the Metro Affordable Housing Bond. Monique advocated for adequate education funding, revenue, housing, and immigrant rights as Legislative Assistant for East Portland State Representative Diego Hernandez. With equity as a central tenant in her work, she focuses on community engagement strategies for policies and programs to reflect the community’s needs. Monique earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Portland State University. She loves spending time with her family and their dog, tending to houseplants, playing video games, and talking about astrology.