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Angela Hamilton
Angela Hamilton

Angela L Hamilton loves her job as the Coordinator of Student Operated Services in Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP) at Portland State University since 2013.  She has been educating diverse learners for more than 30 years in the U.S. and Ecuador and has been focused on cocurricular leadership development and sustainability at Portland State since 2011.  In her current role, her work and interests include connecting student employment to career-related outcomes, designing cocurricular sustainability leadership development, campus emergency preparedness, and trauma-informed teaching and learning.  As a Portland State alumnus herself, she believes strongly in the role of student employment as a key factor in retention, persistence, and lifelong alumni commitment.

Angela has an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education and is a Candidate for Antioch University's PhD in Leadership and Change program, from which she also received a second M.A. in Leadership and Change.  She is currently working on her dissertation researching the role of trauma-informed college and university food pantries for cultivating student success. 

She has co-founded two Portland-based nonprofits focused on sustainability education including the United Nations University's Greater Portland Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development. Prior to attending graduate school, Angela lived in Ecuador for four years teaching English and working in Ecotourism, and she is a certified Spanish-English interpreter.  She grew up in a tiny rice farming community in Northern California and is a first-generation college student.  In her free time, she tries to balance worrying about the climate future with enjoying time cooking, watching foreign film, and exploring the waterways of the Pacific Northwest with her partner and their two dogs.