Michele Ruffin (she/her)

Oregon Political Director, Forward Together

Michele Ruffin is the Oregon Political Director  at Forward Together. Based out of Portland, she leads the Oregon state-based program toward policy wins and culture shift campaigns that center the stories and lived experiences of Forward Together’s base In 2018, Michele led Forward Together’s canvass team to defeat an anti-abortion ballot measure by building relationships with voters of color and having long-form conversations about abortion stigma. The measure was fiercely rejected with one of the highest voter turnouts in Oregon’s history.

Prior to joining Forward Together, Michele spent over two years on Governor Kate Brown’s team managing campaign schedules, cultivating relationships with organizational leaders, and assisting policy development. She comes from a strong campaign organizing background in both issue advocacy and state elections, but her heart has only one mission, to build political power for queer and trans Oregonians of color and their families. When she’s not door-knocking or phone banking, you can find Michele at home spending time with her wife, Rachel, their extended chosen family, along with their dog, Xena, and parrot, Erika.