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 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.

Claire Carmony, MSW Intern

Claire is in her final year of the Masters of Social Work program at Portland State University. After growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduating from New Mexico Highlands University, Claire moved to Oregon in 2014. Claire has spent her career working in residential treatment facilities for both youth and adults. Through a combination of both professional and volunteer positions, her focus has been on youth in state custody.  She will be interning with Commissioner Jayapal’s office until June 2019.  

Cara Koch, MSW Intern

Cara is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelors of Social Work in 2016. She has a background in direct service with at-risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities. She moved to Portland in February 2017. She is now a social work graduate student where her concentration is practice and leadership with communities and organizations. She will be interning under Commissioner Jayapal's office until she graduates in June 2019.