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Our Team

Wendy Willis, Director of Civic Engagement

Wendy is the Director of Civic Engagement at Portland State University's National Policy Consensus Center, where Oregon's Kitchen Table is housed, and the Executive Director of the national non-profit Kitchen Table Democracy. Wendy is a national leader in the field of civic engagement and citizen-centered decision-making.  Prior to joining PCI/NPCC, Wendy was the Executive Director for City Club of Portland, one of the most venerable civic organizations in the country.   She has also served as an Assistant Public Defender for the District of Oregon and a law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court.  Wendy is also a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Oregon, a poet, and the mother of two young daughters.  She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University.

Sarah Giles, Project Manager / Communications

Sarah began working for the National Policy Consensus Center in 2007 and currently leads communications efforts and provides project management for Oregon's Kitchen Table. She was previously a Research Assistant at Oregon Health and Sciences University. From 2002-2006 Sarah taught writing at the University of Arizona where she also received her MFA in Creative Writing. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 2001 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, where she taught English to elementary and secondary level students.

Roslyn Owen, Program Representative

Roslyn has worked for the National Policy Consensus Center since 2002. Previously, she served as Executive Assistant to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's Health, Human Services and Labor Policy Analyst. She was Executive Assistant for the Government Services Section of the Oregon Department of Justice from 1998-2000. From 1985 to 1997 Roslyn was an Accounting Manager for a local management firm.

Oregon’s Kitchen Table is a program of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University and is housed within the National Policy Consensus Center.