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
Abigail Alvarez is a junior at Santa Clara University studying political science and Spanish. Before becoming the Chair of the Board of Directors, Abby was one of the founding high school members of OSV and oversaw its transition to becoming an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At her school, Abby leads a labor rights group called Advocacy for Workers on Campus and serves as a Class Senator. She is the student representative on the university’s Task Force for the Prevention of Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination and she chairs the Committee for Social Change. Abby is passionate about public policy and social justice and has spent her last two summers in Washington DC and Sacramento doing immigration and criminal justice policy advocacy. After undergrad, she plans to go to law school and eventually run for office.
Board Vice President
Dana Smiley graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. In high school, she served as OSV’s Policy Organizer and Co-Executive Director. Dana is now studying Philosophy, Politics, and Law at Emory University, where she is involved with the Ethics and Servant Leadership Forum and serves as an Analyst for Everview Consulting. Dana firmly believes in the power and potential of young people and is deeply committed to uplifting the communities she is a part of in whichever capacity is most needed.
Calla Rhodes is a recent graduate of Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. She previously served as OSV’s Amplify Co-Director of Research and remains passionate about youth involvement in policy advocacy. Calla is currently a virtual first year at Georgetown University, planning to study government and disability studies. In her free time, she likes to read, bake, and spend time outdoors.
Deja is currently an undergraduate student at Oregon State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She is a part of OSU’s LSAMP and STEM Leaders program who work with historically underserved students as well as a student HR representative for Oregon Health and Science University. She also works as a fellow with Financial Beginnings Oregon to teach financial literacy to youth in the Portland-Metro area. Deja acted as the Amplify Director of Oregon Student Voice and is currently a member of their Board of Directors. Deja has worked closely with Oregon’s representatives to lobby for initiatives, draft policy briefs and letters of support, as well as testify at Oregon’s capitol building in Salem. From this, she has generated partnerships amongst herself and lawmakers in order to sustain a positive impact on the community and act as a voice for underrepresented groups.
Elona Wilson is Coalition of Communities of Color’s Advocacy Director. Through her professional and community-based work, Elona has built a wealth of experience in community organizing, engagement and leadership development, policy and legislative agenda-setting, partner and coalition management, and outreach and communications. Elona comes to CCC from Stand for Children, where she helped pass the historic Student Success Act and ensure full funding to implement Measure 98 for 9th grade on-track support, career and technical education and dual-credit opportunities. Experienced in electoral campaigns, including ballot measures and candidate endorsements, Elona has also emerged as a leader in the Reimagine Oregon project, working with Black leaders from diverse organizations, including CCC and many of our members and partners. Elona grew up in Portland and graduated from Pacific University with a degree in early education and is dedicated to ensuring that equity becomes the pillar that holds up our communities here in Oregon.
Jared Cetz is a first-generation Maya & Mexican-American. Jared is an OSV alumnus and co-founder, and graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a first-year at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and is thinking about majoring in Ethnic Studies. Jared strongly believes in prioritizing students’ lived experiences and in the intelligence and power of our youth.
Justin Thach graduated from West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. His passions for racial, educational, and health equity work are rooted in the belief that an understanding of one’s own identity is at the core of political efficacy. He formerly served as OSV’s Communications Coordinator and now studies social policy and enterprise at Stanford University.
Samantha Holquist graduated from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida. Samantha currently works as a researcher at McREL International. For the past five years, she has supported students in becoming strong education advocates and leaders in Oregon, Kentucky, and across the United States. Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, focusing on student voices in K-12 education policy making. She currently lives in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Tori Siegel graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon in 2019. She is incredibly passionate about education and hopes to become a teacher after college. Tori served on the leadership team and was an active member of amplify. Throughout her high school years, she was an advocate for ending sexual violence, and expanding consent education. In her free time, Tori enjoys rock climbing, making earrings and being outdoors. She is now studying sociology and history at Emory University as a Robert Woodruff Scholar and lives in Atlanta, GA.