Nathaniel Applefield, Elliott Campaign Manager
Since 2004, Nathaniel has been working to make positive change through the political process. He has worked on nearly 40 campaigns for progressive causes and candidates across the country. In 2008, he served as Statewide Field Director for Jeff Merkley, successfully unseating a republican incumbent. He specializes in electoral strategy, staff management, and government relations.
April Christenson, Development Associate
April Christenson joined OLCV in September 2015, after relocating to Portland from Omaha, Nebraska where she worked as Marketing Specialist for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and worked in several marketing roles before discovering that she wanted to pursue a career in nonprofit communications and development. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to a number of different publications. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, cooking, and exploring her new home in Oregon.
James Ellsworth, Engagement Organizer
James joined the OLCV in the summer of 2015 after working as a legislative aide for Oregon State Representative Chris Gorsek. Born and raised in Oregon, James has lived in all parts of the state, enjoying the amazing natural wonders Oregon has to offer. James is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies. At SOU, he was the director of environmental affairs with the student government and played a leading role in the team that developed a new on campus sustainability center. A lover of hiking, climbing, and general exploring, Oregon has never ceased to surprise him.
Raphaela Hsu-Flanders, Engagement Organizer
Hailing from Boston, Raphaela joined the OLCV staff in May 2016 after graduating from Reed College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Throughout her collegiate years, Raphaela conducted research on atmospheric and environmental chemistry, worked for an environmental consulting firm, and taught science to local elementary school classrooms in Portland. With an unrelenting passion for the outdoors, Raphaela will try almost any mountainous activity (barring BASE jumping) and can usually be found climbing, hiking, and biking when not at work.
Doug Moore, Executive Director
Doug joined the OLCV staff in December 2011 after more than eight years on Capitol Hill, where he held senior positions with two Members of Congress, including serving as Chief of Staff for former Representative Jim Marshall. Doug has an extensive background in electoral politics ranging from grassroots organizing to managing multi-million dollar campaigns. He’s worked on both statewide and congressional levels and has won several competitive races. In 2006, Doug’s management of Representative Jim Marshall’s campaign won praise from the Washington Post’s political column, “The Fix”, which called the campaign one of the ten best incumbent campaigns of the cycle. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Doug’s interest in conservation began at a young age while swimming near the steel mills along the Lake Michigan shore. He is a voracious reader and also enjoys hiking, rafting, and spending time outdoors.
Nikki Roemmer, Central Oregon Regional Director
Nikki joined the OLCV staff in November 2011 in the Bend, Oregon office. Prior to working as OLCV’s Central Oregon Regional Director, she was a Sustainability Advocate at The Environmental Center in Bend, where she managed The Green Spot’s online and print directories, organized monthly Green Drinks events, facilitated elections education, and led the nominations and selection process for the annual Sustainability Awards. In 2009, she organized a climate change rally as part of the International Day of Climate Action and in 2010 she helped organize voter forums for local elections. Nikki received a BA from Oregon State University in 2005. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, bicycles, dancing, playing in the snow and backpacking with her pooch.
Lindsey Scholten, Political Director
Lindsey joined OLCV as the Political Director in 2014. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Lindsey got her start on political campaigns as part of the field team on US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s primary election in 2011. Just prior to joining OLCV, she served as campaign manager for one of OLCV’s continuing champions, Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. She has spent most of her life in Oregon, enjoying the beautiful landscapes that our state has to offer – those along the Oregon Coast in particular. Given any spare time, Lindsey will be running around Portland, catching up with friends, escaping to the Coast, adventuring at home or abroad, and generally finding any reason to be outside.
Krista Simonis, Digital Coordinator
Krista joined OLCV in March of 2017. She’s been a buccaneer, a viking, a claim jumper, a highlander, and a riverboat pilot, and is proud to be an advocate with OLCV as their Digital Communications Coordinator. Her past experience includes lobbying and campaign experience, as well as time spent working in local theatre. For her graduate thesis in Communication Studies at the University of Portland, she studied the impact of western narratives about Africa on safari guides in Tanzania. A native Californian, she lived all over the state: driving past the sandstone cliffs of Pescadero to get to high school and the granite bluffs of Yosemite to get to community college. Krista completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside with a major in political science and a minor in theatre. Since moving to Oregon in 2014, she has enjoyed coaching the Speech & Debate Team at the University of Portland, as well as performing with ComedySportz Portland.
Paige Spence, Oregon Conservation Network Director
Paige joined OLCV in June 2016 as our lobbyist for the Oregon Conservation Network. Prior to joining OLCV Paige had been the Policy and Communications Advisor to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, and Chief of Staff to Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward. Originally a southerner, Paige graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Comparative Literature. She moved to Oregon in 2010 and received her J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Portland’s Lewis & Clark Law School in January 2014. Honors include induction into the Cornelius Honor Society, a stipend for an environmental litigation internship through the Public Interest Law Project, and multiple Pro Bono Honors Awards. Paige is also on the 501(c)(4) board of the Bus Project. She loves traveling internationally and throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is often found around Oregon’s mountain slopes, beaches, and forests, or at bluegrass concerts.
Christy Splitt, Development Director
Christy Splitt joined OLCV in 2012 after serving as Legislative Director to Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan. She grew up in Chicago and Northern California before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. She then earned her Master’s degree in Education and became a high school civics teacher. After three years in the classroom, she decided to experience civics first hand by working in Oregon politics. After getting her start at the Bus Project, Christy served as Chief Legislative Aide to State Rep. Ben Cannon from 2007 to 2011, and helped launch Jefferson Smith’s race for Mayor of Portland. In her spare time, she coaches Lincoln High School’s National Champion Constitution Team and spends as much time as possible exploring Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Nikki Thompson, Budget Specialist
Nikki Thompson has a diverse professional background, including policy and political work at the state and federal level. She was the Chief of Staff and Caucus Administrator to the Oregon Senate Majority office from 2012 to 2013. She’s served Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, as well as worked as a senior policy analyst for the National Education Association. Her professional resume also includes work in state campaigns, as well as roles in a 2010 US Senate contest, the presidential campaign of Senator Bob Graham in 2003 and stints with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Des Moines, Iowa and as a Legislative Clerk in the Iowa State Legislature.
A graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Nikki earned a law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 2008. She interned in the US Attorney’s office in Atlanta and was an associate in the Washington, DC law firm of Crowell and Moring LLP.
Malena Wood, Office Administrator
Malena joined OLCV in August 2016 after relocating from Madison, Wisc. Born and raised in Southern California, Malena graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Since graduation, she has worked in the legal field and is excited to get back to her environmental roots. Growing up, she spent many summers volunteering with environmental groups, including the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Malena enjoys a wide range of hobbies, from hiking and swimming to cooking and knitting. She is excited to explore Portland and get lost wandering around Oregon.