Emerge Oregon Staff Members

Jillian Schoene, Co-Executive Director

Jillian has spent the last 20 years working in Oregon politics, at all levels of government, for both elected officials and candidates running for office. She was recruiting to take over Emerge Oregon in the summer of 2014.

Before coming to Emerge, she worked with a number of candidates, including these three amazing women – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Governor Kate Brown and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. She also has worked for two members of Congress and two governors – for Governor Ted Kulongoski during his second term in office and as Governor John Kitzhaber’s spokesperson during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

In addition to her work for Emerge, Jillian is a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive health, including that all have access to contraceptive care and safe, legal abortion services. She is board vice chair for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.



Andrea Cooper, Co-Executive Director

Andrea Cooper has worked in Oregon politics for 10 years, most recently as Chief of Staff to House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson. In this role, she helped the Oregon House Democrats pass innovative economic and social reforms that elevated Oregon’s profile as one of the nation’s strongest progressive leaders.

During the 2016 election cycle, Andrea served as the General Election Oregon State Director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign and also managed over 25 staff working to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. In the 2014 election cycle, Andrea was the Executive Director of Future PAC, the campaign arm for the Oregon House Democrats.

Previous to her campaign work, Andrea served as a lobbyist for the Oregon Education Association, a union of 47,000 educators in Oregon’s public schools and community colleges. 

Andrea also gives her time to the Alliance for Youth, a national organization working to strengthen local youth organizing and build power among progressive young people, and also served as board chair of Bradley Angle, a domestic violence agency that empowers survivors of domestic abuse.