Mission and Vision – to help develop, mentor and support emerging rural leaders and candidates.
Training and Toolbox
Bridging the divide
Fundraising – resources
Rural Network – developing rural leaders, supporting candidate recruitment, mentoring, and supporting candidate and emerging leaders activities.
Public & Private Discussions and Livestreams – community building, amplifying rural voices & leaders, bringing attention to local issues and candidates.
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, co-founder of Team Jamie for Oregon PAC
Jamie serves an elected member of the Jefferson County Education Service District and was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Jamie has degrees in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Regional Planning from Cornell, and Law from the University of Oregon, as well as certificates in Human Rights from Oxford and Executive Leadership from Harvard.
In 2018, Jamie ran a change-making grassroots Congressional campaign, focusing on our shared values and government accountability.
An attorney, planner and small business owner, she continues her work to bridge our urban-rural and political divides, mentor emerging leaders, and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Jamie and her wife, Cass, have four kids, three goats, and two dogs. They love living in Central Oregon.
PAC Executive Board
Nichole van Eikeren, Executive Director, Co-Founder
Nichole van Eikeren runs a progressive political consulting firm out of Bend, Oregon. Her experience managing campaigns includes Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s Congressional Campaign and her Secretary of State campaign. Her local campaigns include School Boards, Parks Board and City Council with an aptitude for smaller budgets and grassroots support.
Nichole graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Oregon University. She brings her experience supporting candidates, fundraising, and organizational skills to our Board. She believes in electing good leaders who will bring about positive change and that running for office on a small budget shouldn’t be a barrier for community leaders looking to represent their communities.
Margaret Foley, Communication Director, Co-Founder
Margaret Foley is a writer, journalist and communications strategist, whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications. Most recently, she was the Communications Director for Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s Secretary of State campaign. She is a board member and Communications Director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done, an Oregon-based social justice nonprofit.
She is a firm believer in the power of grassroots organizing and has worked on local and national projects and campaigns with grassroots, progressive organizations, such as the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network, MoveOn and DemCast USA.
Carina Miller is a proud Wasco, Warm Springs and Yakama mother. She was raised on the Warm Springs Indian reservation and continues to work and organize from home. She was formerly an elected representative for the 27th Warm Springs Tribal Council, and she was the 2020 Democratic nominee for the Oregon State senate in district 30.
She holds a degree in Ethnic studies from the University of Oregon and her background includes social work, head start, tv news production, and non-profit work. She serves on the Oregon ACLU board, as the chair of the Native caucus for the Democratic party of Oregon, the co-chair of energy for Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the Vice-Chair of the Columbia River Gorge Commission. She is a co-founder of UNITE Warm Springs, a political non-profit, and a co-founder of the National Inter-Tribal energy council. She currently works at the Warm Springs Community Action team reimagining Tribal food systems, and is raising her son, Waluxpykee at home in Warm Springs.
Emerson Levy is a mom, attorney, Emerge Alum and legislative advocate for children, specifically education and safety of our kids at school. She brings her experience of bringing people into the political process through her own 2020 legislative race (Oregon State House District 53) and as the Co-Vice Chair of the Deschutes County Democratic Party.
An active member of the Oregon State Bar, she has refined her area to real estate law and compliance within the green energy market, specifically solar investment projects. Emerson received her undergraduate degree in International Business, has her Juris Doctorate.