Chief of Staff
Katie serves as Commissioner Meieran's chief of staff. Katie's professional experience includes positions at the City of Portland, Oregon Legislature, Metro, Oregon Community Foundation, and the U.S. House of Representatives. She earned a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University. Originally from Ohio, Katie is a lifelong Buckeyes and Reds fan. She has lived in Portland for nearly a decade, and in her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and bicycling.
Renee Huizinga is Commissioner Meieran's Policy Director. Prior to joining Multnomah County, Renee worked in the Oregon Legislature, in higher education administration, and in a wide range of advocacy, policy, and research roles serving women, families, and survivors of violence. Renee grew up in southern Oregon and first moved to Portland 12 years ago to study psychology at Lewis & Clark College. She returned in 2011 to focus on public health and social work at Portland State University. Outside of the office, Renee loves playing and watching soccer, getting outside, and spending time with her family.
Constituent Relations and Policy Liaison
Julian Hanlon-Austin works as Commissioner Meieran’s Constituent Relations and Policy Liaison. He joins District 1 after four and a half years at Willamette University where he studied politics and played Varsity soccer. Julian has spent time working in Baltimore and New York City doing communications for an education-reform consulting firm and a non-profit fellowship program. He took advantage of his time in Salem by landing a communications internship with the Offices of Governor Kate Brown. Julian is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion through policy and community action. Outside of work, Julian is an avid sports fan and enjoys dabbling in fashion.
Policy Advisor (Part Time)
Shannon Pullen is Commissioner Meieran’s Policy Advisor. Shannon is a passionate mental health educator and advocate and works part-time on the District 1 team with a particular focus on mental health issues. She has a background in non-profit management and has worked for organizations such as NAMI Multnomah, Oregon Food Bank and Mercy Corps International. Shannon graduated from Lewis and Clark with a degree in Religious Studies. To maintain her mental wellness, Shannon spends time with her family, reads, makes cakes and pies, swims and sings in a women’s choir.
Intern (Master's in Social Work)
Chelsea Penning is working as a Masters in Social Work Intern for Commissioner Meieran's office through June 2019. After completing her Bachelors in Social Work at Northern Arizona University, Chelsea relocated to Portland in 2010. She has ten years of experience in the social work field, primarily serving survivors of domestic violence. Chelsea is studying social work at the system-level, hoping to advance equitable and evidence-based interventions in public policy. When not working or in school, Chelsea can be found walking along the Oregon Coast, hiking to a nearby waterfall, or reading a book in a local coffee shop.