Becca brings more than 20 years of experience in politics, community organizing, and public service to the job.
We’ve got some exciting news to share: After an extensive nationwide search, Our Oregon has selected Becca Uherbelau as our new executive director. Becca brings a wealth of experience to the position, with more than 20 years of working in community organizing, grassroots advocacy, public service, and politics.
She has worked for the Oregon legislature, the statewide teachers’ union, a variety of advocacy and community based non-profits, and has led statewide ballot measures, local levy, and candidate campaigns. Currently, Becca is the senior community relations manager for Metro and serves as the board chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Becca will replace outgoing Executive Director Ben Unger, who has been at the helm of Our Oregon since 2014.
“We are so excited to have Becca lead Our Oregon,” said Trent Lutz, head of public affairs at the Oregon Education Association. “She is a proven advocate and coalition builder, and Becca’s experience running successful campaigns will be critical as we continue to fight on behalf of all Oregonians.”
Our Oregon’s core mission is to promote social and economic justice in Oregon by advancing progressive ballot measures and defending against threats to families, schools and services, and workers. Since it was founded more than a decade ago, Our Oregon has successfully defeated Bill Sizemore’s anti-worker attacks, led a coalition that passed Measures 66 and 67 to fund schools and services, and continued to work with groups across the progressive community to invest in Oregon families.
Becca said she wants to build on that legacy of work and continue to deepen and broaden Our Oregon’s progressive coalition, harnessing the national civic engagement momentum and connecting to transformational grassroots movements happening in local communities all across Oregon.
“I am excited and proud to continue Our Oregon’s record of fighting for economic and social justice for all Oregonians,” Uherbelau said. “Moving forward, I am committed to working in coalition to ensure we’re helping build electoral power in communities of color and other historically oppressed communities.”
“Becca has the issue experience we need to tackle our crises in housing, education, and healthcare, she brings the passion for change Oregon deserves, and she will lead Our Oregon to be the broad-based, progressive leader it ought to be,” said Aubrey Harrison, Executive Director for Oregon Voice. “She will help us build the representative, effective, and equitable coalition we need to support every Oregon family no matter who they are or where they live.”