From left: Janine Gates, Angela Donley, Commissioner Susheela Jayapal and Sara Ryan

Sara Ryan

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

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.

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 at 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.

Vladimir Salas Moreno, C2C Intern

Vlad is from the Portland area, born and raised, a proud son of immigrants. A first-generation student now a Sophomore at George Fox University studying Political-Science. His passion is social justice, specifically serving immigrants and people of color. He has spent the last four years serving in LatinX organizations and developing his leadership skills to one day represent his community. He will be interning with Commissioner Jayapal’s office until August 2019.

Tenzin Kartsang, SummerWorks Intern

Tenzin is currently a policy intern for the Office of Commissioner Jayapal for the summer of 2019. He is a son of Tibetan immigrants from northern India and grew up in Northeast Portland for most of his life. 

He graduated from Parkrose High School as valedictorian in 2018 and is an incoming sophomore at Stanford University. With a deep interest in government, politics, and American history, he’s deciding between a major in Political Science or American Studies. Prior to working with the commissioner, Tenzin worked as an executive assistant for the Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB), a federal agency aimed at achieving better interagency coordination and communication among federal departments and activities outside of Washington DC. 

Tenzin will be interning until August 30. Afterward, he will go back to Stanford for a summer course/research on political polarization in America.