Chief of Staff
Prior to joining Commissioner Vega Pederson’s staff, Chris was deputy director of government relations at Multnomah County, working on housing, human services and transportation issues. Prior to that, he worked at the League of Oregon Cities, an organization that represents cities before the Oregon legislature, specializing in tax, finance and economic development issues. Chris also worked in Washington, D.C. for now-retired U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on education, energy, environmental and budget issues.
Chris was born and raised in Multnomah County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Maryland. He lives in the Hollywood neighborhood, just blocks from where he grew up, with his wife and two young children.
Ana del Rocío Valderrama
Policy and Research Director
Ana served as legislative staff for the Commissioner Vega Pederson when she served in the Oregon legislature. She has multi-sector experience in education, community organizing, advocacy and economic development. At the state level, she was instrumental to the success of the 2015 Women and Working Families Economic Success Agenda, addressing the persistent barriers that women— particularly women of color—face in achieving long-term economic security and success.
Her background as the daughter of working-class immigrants inspires her to promote social, environmental and racial justice at the policy level. Ana holds a degree in philosophy with an emphasis in ethics, law and value theory from the University of Southern California and has conducted research in political philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in East Portland with her two young boys.
Constituent Relations and Policy Liaison
Hayden Miller is a lifelong Oregonian with a passion for his home state. Born in Beaverton and raised in Hood River, Hayden attended Willamette University for one year before leaving school and working in the office of House Speaker Tina Kotek in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. Most recently, Hayden worked on a statewide campaign, where he served as an organizer and campaign spokesperson.
Hayden enjoys taking advantage of our state’s beautiful environment by skiing, hiking, and camping. His background growing up in our state has inspired a passion for protecting and preserving the environment that Oregonian’s know and love.