Emerge Oregon Staff Members

Jillian Schoene, 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 recruited 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.