Michele Ruffin

Oregon Advocacy Manager, Forward Together

Michele Ruffin is the Oregon Advocacy Manager at Forward Together. Based out of Portland, she leads the Oregon state-based program toward policy wins and effective culture shift campaigns. In 2018, Michele led Forward Together’s canvass team to defeat an anti-abortion measure at the ballot by building relationships with voters of color and having long-form conversations about abortion access. The measure was fiercely rejected with one of 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. Michele is a coffee drinking, phone banking, campaign nerd who enjoys time spent with her wife, Rachel, and chosen family.