About the Preschool for All Steering Committee

With the overwhelming community support for a universal preschool program in Multnomah County, there initially were two plans proposed. In August, Preschool for All and Universal Preschool NOW merged to bring a single measure for universal preschool and fair wages for all preschool teachers to the November 2020 ballot–Preschool for All. 

The Preschool for All Steering Committee was established, made up of members from both the Universal Preschool NOW coalition and the Preschool for All task force, as well as members chosen jointly by both campaigns, in order to ensure the passage of the Preschool for All ballot measure.

Preschool For All Steering Committee Members

Jessica Vega Pederson – Co-Chair
Multnomah County

Mark Holloway
Social Venture Partners

Jenny Lee
Coalition of Communities of Color

Mar Hirschfield

Will Layng
Jobs with Justice

Emily von W. Gilbert
Democratic Socialists of America – Portland

Andrea Paluso
Family Forward Oregon

Bob Tackett
NW Oregon Labor Council

Luz Reyna
East County Rising

Russell Lum
Oregon Nurses Association

Sahar Muranovic – Co-Chair
Universal Preschool NOW Coalition

Ricardo Lujan-Valerio
Latino Network

Marcus Mundy
Coalition of Communities of Color

Suzanne Cohen
Portland Association of Teachers

Olivia Pace
Childcare Labor Alliance

Courtney Helstein
Family Forward Oregon

Christine Chin Ryan
Oregon NOW

Jessie Alaya
Stand for Children

Ruth Adkins
Kaiser Permanente

Anthony Castaneda
Latino Network