Emerge Oregon Staff Members

Annie Ellison, Executive Director

Annie Ellison has criss-crossed the country working on campaigns for progressive Democrats from statewide to statehouse offices, City Council and Congress in the Midwest, South, East Coast, Oregon and California.

Before joining Emerge, Annie worked with women candidates up and down the ballot, including Sen. Wendy Davis in Texas, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Assemblywoman Joann Downey in New Jersey, and in 2020 managed the winning campaign of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (Emerge Class of 2009) in Oregon.

She also served as spokesperson in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA-07) following his tough 2016 re-election, and as communications director for Mayor Ted Wheeler’s first successful Mayoral campaign.

When her laptop is closed, Annie is most likely playing soccer with the Portland Netrippers, reading the news or speaking loudly on the phone, probably about or with women running for office.

Annie’s favorite quote is “Just Win, Baby” (Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2018).