Sirius Bonner smiles at the camera

Sirius Bonner | Board Chair

Sirius Bonner is dedicated to being an agent of change; taking on the hard task of making the world more equitable and socially just. Sirius’ work focusses on the intersections between social justice issues such as racial oppression, marriage equality, educational equity, poverty, sexism, and sizism; recognizing that as we begin to untangle one issue, we can untangle them all. Sirius received her MA from Reed College and currently works at Planned Parenthood as the Director of Equity and Inclusion, bringing her leadership on equity initiatives. Sirius joined MRG’s Development Committee in 2010 and became MRG’s Board Chair in 2015.


MRG Board Member Alai Reyes-Santos

Alaí Reyes-Santos | Treasurer

Alaí Reyes-Santos is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon and an internationally recognized activist-scholar with particular expertise around migration, Haitian-Dominican and Dominican-Puerto Rican relations, and racial and gender dynamics in the Caribbean and its U.S. diasporas. Born in Puerto Rico, Alaí combines her passion for research into social injustice with active participation in movements for equitable access to public education, peace, and migrant labor rights. Alaí earned her PhD at UC San Diego and has been involved with a number of social justice groups, including Community Alliance of Lane County, Basic Rights Oregon, and INTEGRA, a network of anti-racist scholars and organizations based in Mexico City.


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Andrea Valderrama

Andrea is a first generation chican@ that has been living in Oregon since 2001. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Andrea lives in east Portland with her partner, new daughter, and dog. Growing up in a single parent household and cleaning houses while in school strengthened her international and national social justice framework, and her family’s lack of economic and racial justices is a foundation to her community-based activism and policy work. She serves on the board of directors for Common Cause Oregon and the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action. Andrea currently serves as the Outreach and Policy Advisor for Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.


Colin Crader II speaking into a microphone

Colin Crader II | Development Coordinator

colinc@mrgfoundation.org

Colin is a Filipino-American who has called Oregon home since 1994. His career in social justice activism began at the University of Oregon in 2011 where he studied Political Science. During his time in Eugene, Oregon, Colin was integral in progressive politics and coalition building for social justice issues, and worked with the Oregon United for Marriage to win the freedom for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon. His intersectional approach to social justice movement building for a better tomorrow is what brought him close to MRG Foundation.


Shizuko Hashimoto smiles at the camera

Shizuko Hashimoto

Shizuko Hashimoto is a first generation American. Growing up in rural Maine, the daughter of Chinese and Japanese immigrants, Shizuko learned early on that every day people who work every day to make the world a better place are valuable agents of social change. Shizuko is dedicated to advancing immigrant rights and has worked for the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, APANO, and the Immigrant Law Group. Currently, Shizuko is a Gates Public Interest Scholar at the University of Washington Law School. Shizuko first joined MRG as a staff person in 2005. After leaving staff, Shizuko joined the grantmaking committee in 2007, then joined MRG’s Board of Directors in 2010.


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Diego Hernandez

After attending seven elementary schools and three middle schools throughout the Northwest, Diego Hernandez developed a passion for social justice, racial equity, an youth organizing. The first in his family to attend college, Diego went on to earn a Master of Social Work from Portland State University. In 2012, Diego became the youngest person and first Latino ever elected to the Reynolds School Board. Diego brings broad social justice experience, including work with the Community Alliance of Tenants, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and Western States Center. He is the Co-Executive Director of Momentum Alliance and sits on Oregon’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.


MRG Board Member Jeff Selby

Jeff Selby

Experiencing racial injustice firsthand at an early age, Jeff Selby joined the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in 1976. JACL is the oldest Asian American Civil Rights organization in the United States. Serving four years as the president of Portland JACL, Jeff built and fostered relationships among the Arab-Muslim, Latina/o, LGBTQ, and Japanese American communities. Jeff is the Communications Coordinator for the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and is a volunteer with Muslim Educational Trust, Japan-America Society of Oregon, Oregon Nisei Veterans, and Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Jeff chairs MRG’s Justice within Reach event planning committee.


Kim Thomas

Portland

Kim serves as Interim Chief of Staff for Children’s Institute, a statewide organization that advocates for early childhood investments and systems change. Prior to joining Children’s Institute, Kim worked as a consultant, providing strategic advising and support for nonprofits and philanthropy. From 2006-2015, she was a program officer for Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT), where her personal interests were in seeding authentic funder collaborations and helping break down the barriers between philanthropy and the nonprofits and communities they serve. Prior to her work for MMT, Kim worked for 16 years at Oregon Food Bank (OFB), leading OFB’s advocacy and public policy work to address the root causes of hunger as well as supervising relationships with 18 regional food banks and over 800 local member programs across Oregon and Southwest Washington.