Renee Huizinga (she/her)
Chief of Staff
Renee Huizinga is Commissioner Meieran's Chief of Staff. Renee previously served as Commissioner Meieran's Policy Director since joining her team in 2017. Renee has worked in the Oregon Legislature, in higher education administration, and in a wide range of advocacy, policy, and research roles focused on economic justice and violence prevention and response. Renee grew up in southern Oregon and first moved to Portland to study psychology at Lewis & Clark College. She returned in 2011 to pursue graduate studies in 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.
Julian Hanlon-Austin (he/him)
Constituent Relations and Communications Manager
Julian Hanlon-Austin works as Commissioner Meieran’s Constituent Relations and Policy Liaison. He joined 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, enjoys dabbling in fashion and spending time with his family, friends and mini dachshund, Edna.
Tabitha Pitzer (she/her)
Constituent Correspondence Assistant
Tabitha Pitzer serves District 1 as Commissioner Meieran’s Constituent Correspondence Assistant. Tabitha began her journey in Oregon politics in 2014 by registering students at Oregon State University to vote and lobbying for affordable higher education. She has worked in the non-profit sector, on political campaigns, and as a legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislature before working for the Commissioner. She is passionate about ending the stigma on mental health, supporting survivors of sexual assault, environmental issues, as well as diversity, inclusion, and equity in government. Her greatest joys in life come from spending time with friends and family, volunteering, traveling, and eating good food.
(Policy Director - accepting applications through 10/4)