NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Welcomes New Board Members!
PORTLAND, Ore — We at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation are delighted to share news about the expansion of our already prestigious board of directors. This year we initiated an open recruitment with the goal of bringing new, diverse voices to the organization’s leadership. In an outpouring of support, several dedicated prochoice champions are joining NARAL, bringing their talent and expertise to the reproductive justice movement. We are very please to introduce the newest members of the NPCO/F Board of Directors: Perla Alvarez Lucio, Dr. Stella Dantas, Connie Seeley, and Rachael Wiggins Emory.
Perla Alvarez Lucio (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon) is from Estado de México and immigrated to Portland in 2006. Perla began her involvement in Oregon politics in middle school as a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission. She has led and participated in various campaigns and programs that advance racial justice including Momentum Alliance, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Coalition Against Environmental Racism and the Oregon Students of Color Coalition. Perla worked as an organizer with the Oregon Student Association (OSA) leading successful voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns on multiple university and community college campuses. Most recently, in her former role as Legislative Director with the OSA, she led their 2019 legislative agenda, securing millions of dollars in funding for higher education, and passing five policy bills including Tuition Equity for Graduate Students. Perla is now working with a powerful team in the #WeCountOregon campaign as Field Director to ensure that every community gets counted in Oregon. She is excited to work with NARAL ProChoice Oregon to advocate and ensure that each and every individual has access to comprehensive reproductive care. In her free time, Perla enjoys reading Women of Color’s literature, hiking with her partner dancing cambia and spending time with her family.
Stella Dantas, MD, FACOG (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation) was born and raised in Portland. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Cel Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and earning a minor in Music. She returned to the northwest for medical school at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). After finishing residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, Stella joined Northwest Permanente in 2001 where she currently works as an obstetrician and gynecologist and is the Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory and Convenient Care. She is very active with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists where she currently serves as the Fellow Vice Chair for District VIII, co-chairs the District VIII Medical Student Recruitment Committee and is a member of the National Government Relations Committee. In her free time, Stella enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, camping and traveling with her family.
Connie Seeley (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon) is the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff at OHSU. She brings with her over 20 years of experience as an administrator and public affairs strategist. In her current position, Connie is responsible for the University’s core administrative functions and is the Chief External Affairs Strategist. She leads OHSU’s efforts to connect with local, regional and national audiences- representing the University before a wide range of constituencies while also serving as the Secretary to the OHSU Board of Directors. Prior to OHSU, Connie spent 13 years as senior leadership staff in the Oregon state legislature. As Chief of Staff to Senate President Peter Courtney fro 2003 to 2010, Connie assisted in all aspects of administration of the legislative branch. Connie also serves on the board of several community organizations, including the Portland Business Association, the Oregon Business and Industry Association, and the University of Oregon Alumni Association.
Rachael Wiggins Emory (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation) is originally from Oregon and has spent the last seven years working in politics. She spent four years working in the office of former Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and currently works as a lobbyist for Thorn Run Partners, representing clients from a variety of sectors at the state and local level. Prior to her political experience, Rachael worked for the education nonprofit All Hands Raised and served as a member of its steering committee for two years, where she guided the organization’s work around promoting student success “from cradle to career.” She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northwestern University. Rachael lives in NE Portland with her husband, old dog and orange cat.
We could not be more proud of our Board Members, new and old, and applaud the great work they are doing in the community! In case you missed it, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Board Member Jennifer Williamson recently announced her campaign for Secretary of State, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation Board Member Dr. Maria Rodriguez was awarded the Beacon of Science Award by the Society of Family Planning as well as the DARROCH Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research by the Guttmacher Institute. We are honored to have these women leading not only our organizations but the reproductive freedom movement across the nation!
Now more than ever, we are grateful for the tremendous commitment and leadership of our Board in fighting to protect and expand reproductive rights, health and equity for all Oregonians.