JJ was born and raised on the central Oregon coast, earning her degrees at University of Oregon, and has lived in Portland ever since. JJ’s educational background in environmental design and architecture led her to work with multiple Portland non-profits modernizing old homes to current energy and safety codes with the dual benefit of creating living-wage jobs for historically underrepresented members of the construction workforce.
“Real estate is unique in that it’s often one’s biggest investment, but also where we spend and share our lives and keep our loved ones safe. This goes hand in hand with what I love about Oregon Environmental Council. OEC seeks to create equitable solutions that preserve and expand natural resources, protect Oregonians’ health, and build long term economic wellbeing…all while maintaining the natural beauty that makes living in Oregon so special.” JJ served on OEC’s Emerging Leader’s Board between 2016 and 2019.