Michele Ruffin

Oregon Campaign Manager, Forward Together

Michele Ruffin joined the Forward Together team as the Oregon Campaign Manager in November 2017. Based out of Portland, she leads the state-based program in Oregon toward policy wins and effective culture shift campaigns.

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.

Michele is a coffee drinking, comic reading, phone banking, campaign nerd who enjoys time with her wife and chosen family.