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Emily McLain, Executive Director

emily.mclain (at) PPAOregon.org
A native of Forest Grove, Emily has extensive experience lobbying and working on candidate, voter registration and ballot measure campaigns. For the past decade she has been a lobbyist and advocate in Oregon, where she has worked on behalf of organizations she is passionate about: Oregon Education Association, Oregon Bus Project, Oregon Student Association and Basic Rights Oregon, where she helped secure the freedom to marry in Oregon. She previously served as Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s Government Relations Consultant from 2014 to 2016, successfully passing landmark legislation to expand access to birth control and to protect patient privacy. As Executive Director of Oregon Student Association, Emily led the largest nonpartisan voter registration drive in state history, registering 50,000 voters in 2012. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Oregon and lives in Portland with her husband, Tom Hojem. When she is not in the middle of an election or legislative session, Emily loves traveling with Tom, eating at amazing Portland restaurants and food carts, and spending time outdoors with friends and family from Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge to her back yard and all the beauty in between.

Laurel Swerdlow, Policy Director

laurel.swerdlow (at) PPAOregon.org
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, Laurel joined Planned Parenthood as a Medical Assistant and Center Based Advocate in San Diego. She went on to complete a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and has collaborated with women’s and LGBTQ health coalitions in California, New York, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia to institute and implement progressive reproductive health policy. In her spare time, you can find Laurel on the dance floor, hiking the Pacific Northwest trails or re-re-watching The West Wing.

Jimmy Radosta, Communications and Marketing Director

jimmy.radosta (at) PPAOregon.org
Jimmy comes to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon after 20-plus years in the media, dating back to his high school newspaper in Salem and his college newspaper at Pepperdine University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He has written and edited for Salem’s Statesman Journal, The Portland Mercury, Portland Family, The Skanner and Just Out, and his work has earned a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In his spare time, he’s a pop-culture junkie and part-time performance artist.

Lindsey Sadlou, Field Organizer

lindsey.sadlou (at) PPAOregon.org
Lindsey began her work with PPAO as a 2017 Legislative Fellow, and is thrilled to develop her passion for community building and reproductive justice on the field team. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bennington College, where she studied Political Economics and Environmental Studies. Her previous experience as an activist and organizer focused on environmental advocacy, from marching in the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City, to community art-builds in New Orleans. In her free time, Lindsey bikes around Portland, liberally adds books to her bedside reading stack and enjoys any opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Chelsea Jennings, Field Organizer

chelsea.jennings (at) PPAOregon.org
Chelsea began her work with Planned Parenthood as a sexual health educator for the Chat/Text program after graduating from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Communications. She’d later go on to work as a Health Care Assistant and a Marketing Assistant for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, where her strong passion for patient advocacy began to take form, propelling her to volunteer as a PPAO Legislative Fellow and as a Lane County Leadership & Advocacy Team member. In her spare time Chelsea loves taking her two dogs, Liz Lemon and Charlie Kelly, out on long walks. She’s also an avid antique and oddity collector.

 
Latest News
Oct172018
WATCH: Oregon Organizations Call Out Republican Knute Buehler's Empty Campaign Promises

Leaders representing educators, environmental protections and reproductive rights say GOP gubernatorial candidate is saying one thing, doing the opposite

In a new television ad, three of Oregon’s leading organizations representing educators, environmental protections and reproductive rights called out Republican Knute Buehler for misleading voters on each of these key issues.

“We see it over and over, Republican Knute Buehler says one thing but does the opposite,” the ad states. “The real Knute Buehler voted against investing in schools and ...

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Oct62018
Planned Parenthood Leaders in Oregon Condemn Kavanaugh Confirmation

Just now, the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. By doing so, senators ignored the outpouring of opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination, evidence that he would gut Roe v. Wade if confirmed, allegations of sexual assault, questions about the honesty of his answers to questions under oath and serious concerns about his ability to be impartial and unbiased on the highest court of the land.

Today’s vote followed misleading and deeply ...

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Sep112017
Share Your Story!

Personal stories are critical when advocating to maintain or even expand access to the vital health services that Planned Parenthood provides. By sharing your story, you can play a significant role in the work we do.

There are many levels of comfort when sharing a personal story. Please share what you are willing, and indicate your permission levels where applicable. Please note: Your story — including your name if you provide it — may appear in public advocacy projects such as Planned Parenthood websites, brochures or other printed material. Even if you do not provide your name, keep in mind that some ...

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