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Portland State Government Relations staff members are housed in the office of the President.

Lois Davis

Lois Davis

Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff

Email: loisd@pdx.edu

 

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.

 

Alyson Kraus

Alyson Kraus

Interim Director of State Government Relations

Email:  alykraus@pdx.edu

 

Alyson joined Portland State in January 2013. She is a graduate of Oregon State University Honors College, where she received a BS in Psychology. Since graduating she has received a certificate in Strategic Communication from Portland State State. Her career in Oregon politics began in 2007 when she began interning for Dave Hunt while attending Oregon State University.  After the 2007 Legislative session she spent six additional years working with Dave Hunt and the House Democrats before joining PSU. .Alyson is a Portland native. She and her husband, Max, have two young sons, Elliot and Theodore who keep them both busy and sleep deprived. They enjoy spending time together as a family and are excited to watch their sons learn and grow.

 

Rayleen McMillan

Rayleen McMillan

Assistant Director for Government Relations

Email: rayleen@pdx.edu

 

Prior to this position, Rayleen spent three years on the government relations team at Portland Community College, and is also a proud alum of both institutions. Rayleen is passionate about her professional advocacy and feels strongly that quality, accessible public education is altogether crucial to the pursuit of meaningful social change.Rayleen is a self-identified civic participation nerd, and fills her time accordingly. She serves as chair of City Club of Portland’s Government & Public Policy Forum Committee, and has been a very active member of the Club since 2011. An ardent proponent of gender equity and a strong believer in the impact of professional mentorship, Rayleen also serves as chair of the PSU Center For Women’s Leadership Alumnae Committee.When she isn’t enveloped in legislative advocacy or community engagement, Rayleen can be found on her yoga mat; blissfully wandering a bookstore somewhere; or in the audience at one of the region’s many brilliant performing arts offerings.

 

Brooke Gardner

Brooke Gardner

Public Affairs Coordinator

Email: bgardner@pdx.edu

 

Brooke moved to Portland from California's Central Valley in 2010 to continue her education at Portland State University. She received her BS in Environmental Studies and Minor in Sustainability in 2014 and proceeded to work at All Hands Raised, an education non-profit focused on improving education outcomes for k-12 students in Multnomah County. In October 2015, Brooke joined PSU's Office of Government Relations. Passionate about sustainability, equity, and education the move to PSU was a natural fit. In her role as Public Affairs Coordinator, Brooke is the Federal Affairs main contact for internal and external stakeholders; Government Relations Events Coordinator; Calendar Manager for the GR Team; and back-up support for the President's Office. In her free time Brooke enjoys creating; hanging out with her cat, Fred; exploring the Pacific Northwest; and visiting her neighborhood shops and restaurants.

 

   

Jocelyn Noland

Graduate Assistant

Email: jnoland@pdx.edu

 

Jocelyn graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Economics with a focus on law and policy. While working on her undergraduate, Jocelyn interned with Senator Jeff Merkley which put her on the path towards working in policy. Jocelyn is currently in her second year of the Master of Public Policy program at Portland State University where she specializes in analysis and economics. She hopes to make a career out of program evaluation working to make sure social policy achieves public goals. In her free time Jocelyn likes to hike with her dog Nike, run, and watch documentaries.


Taylor Steenblock

Taylor Steenblock

Graduate Assistant

Email: steen2@pdx.edu

 

 Taylor is a second year Masters in Public Policy student at PSU, where she has decided to pursue the advocacy track. Her graduate assistant position allows her to assist Alyson and Rayleen with local, county, regional and state government relations. Additionally, Taylor is tracking Unreinforced Masonry Policy in the City of Portland. Her policy interests include mental health access for vulnerable populations, affordable housing policy, water quality, responsible management and access to public lands, and the viability of species on public lands and in public waterways. When she graduates in spring of 2018, Taylor cannot wait to see how many of these policy interests she can combine under one job title. She currently is working with We Love Clean Rivers to establish a water trail around Willamette falls that would allow paddlers to put in at Corvallis and paddle the Willamette all the way to the Columbia. In her free time, Taylor enjoys whitewater kayaking, rafting, SUPing, rock climbing, yoga, skiing, camping and backpacking. Her favorite place in Oregon to do these things is in the Mt. Hood National Forest, at Timberline Lodge, and on the Clackamas River.