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about

Oregon Student Voice is a nonprofit organization led by a team of high school students and a board of directors. Our board of directors is made up of a majority youth between the ages of 18 and 22 in order to ensure that students remain at the center of OSV’s decision making. Meet the Leadership Team here.

meet the board members

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    Abigail Alvarez

    Board Chair

    Abigail Alvarez recently graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon. She possesses a deep passion for social justice and youth activism. She has done work in disability justice, education reform, and mental health awareness throughout her high school years, and at OSV she served on both the empower and amplify initiatives. She is now studying political science and Spanish at Santa Clara University. She currently lives in Santa Clara, California.

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    Bahia Overton

    Board Treasurer

    Bahia Overton graduated from Benson High School. Bahia currently works as the Director for Leading for Learning and Equity Initiatives at the Chalkboard Project. She is also Executive Consultant for Joy DeGruy Publications. She assists Dr. DeGruy in researching historical trauma and developing new models and methods for culturally responsive service delivery. Bahia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is completing her Ph.D. in Social Work Research, focusing on the experiences of African American female adolescents in foster care. She is an active member of the Bahaí Faith. She currently lives in Vancouver, Washington.

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    Ruth Jones

    Board Member

    Ruth Jones graduated from high school in Oregon. She currently works in Oregon State University’s Juntos program as the Central Oregon (Deschutes) Coordinator in Redmond, Oregon. She has strong connections to the community-based organizations, which we leverage when creating partnerships with other organizations. She currently lives in Redmond, Oregon.

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    Justin Thach

    Board Member

    Justin Thach graduated from West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. His passions for student voice work and Asian-American activism are rooted in the belief that an understanding of one’s own identity is at the core of political efficacy. After joining OSV, Justin helped to visually design the organization as Communications Coordinator. He also founded Young Asian Leaders of America in March 2017, where he serves as Executive Director. Justin is now studying history at Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto, CA.

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    Tori Siegel

    Board Member

    Tori Siegel recently graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. She is incredibly passionate about youth-led activism, public health and education reform. Tori served on the leadership team and was a member of amplify. Throughout her high school years, she was an advocate for ending sexual violence, ending houselessness and raising the voices of those most often silenced. In her free time, Tori enjoys rock climbing, reading and being outdoors. She is now studying sociology at Emory University as a Robert Woodruff Scholar and lives in Atlanta, GA.

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Oregon Student Voice is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2018.