We are charged to support and promote the President’s five themes, they include:
- Provide Civic Leadership Through Partnerships
- Improve Student Success
- Achieve Global Excellence
- Enhance Educational Opportunity
- Expand Resources and Improve Effectiveness
Chief of Staff
Lois joined the Portland State family in August 2009 after twenty three years at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). While at OHSU, Lois served as Vice President for Public Affairs and Marketing and (prior to that) as Director of Government Relations.
Lois was recruited to OHSU in 1987 after seven years with then-Congressman Ron Wyden, first as his press aide and later as Chief of Staff. Prior to her service with Wyden, Lois worked as a newspaper reporter at the Springfield News.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Lois also studied law at Willamette University for two years before leaving to work for Ron Wyden.
As Chief of Staff to PSU President Wim Wiewel, Lois is responsible for overseeing the government relations, communications and marketing functions of PSU, as well as helping to implement executive level projects and policies that further the mission, vision and values of the university.
Mary Rae Moller
Director of Local and Federal Government Relations
Mary is a graduate of Portland State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development in 2002. During her time at PSU she was proud to serve as student body President and was often involved with advocating for higher education in Salem and in our nation's capital.
After graduating, Mary moved to Washington D.C. to be the Legislative Director for the United States Student Association (USSA) where she worked on national policy to increase access to higher education including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. After her time at USSA, Mary joined the Office of Congressman David Wu where she worked on many policy areas including energy, transportation, natural resources, and education.
After coming back to PSU as the Associate Director of Government Relations, Mary began her current role in October 2009. The role of Director includes serving as a liaison between PSU and all levels of elected and government officials and oversees all aspects of the office. She is privileged to be a member of President Wiewel's team and is looking forward to Portland State's exciting future.
Director of State Government Relations
Debbie moved to Oregon in 2000 from Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her B.A. in History from Mississippi State University. When she isn't rooting for the Vikings, you can find her decked out in Maroon and White and ringing her cowbell.
Debbie currently lives in a very crowded and loving home in Salem. Her family includes husband Bob, two-year-old daughter Annie, five-year-old son Bo, sixteen-year-old brother Clarence, canine daughters Daphne Marie, DeeDee, and Lula Belle, and grandparents Sue and Ken.
Graduate Assistant of Government Relations
Jason has a BS in political science, and is now working on his MS with a primary focus in political theory and a secondary focus in international relations. His primary research areas are moral philosophy, conceptions of power and freedom, political economy, and democratic legitimacy. Jason has also conducted field research abroad. In the Fall of 2010, he spent four months in Tanzania where he conducted a study on the effects of neoliberal economic and political policies in the peri-urban area of Arusha. This research will continue throughout his graduate studies. After finishing his MS, he plans to continue his academic career and pursue a doctoral degree in Political Science.
Jason is excited to be a part of the Government Relations family, and looks forward to working towards the goals and interests of the University.