Alex co-leads Healthy Democracy’s programs department with a focus on process design, facilitation, and partnership development. After working as a moderator for two HD projects in 2019 and 2020, she joined the team as staff in 2021.
She holds dual Master’s degrees in Conflict & Dispute Resolution and Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, and a BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to Healthy Democracy, she spent seven years working with a wide range of environmental and social justice non-profits as an organizer, trainer, and administrator on grassroots advocacy campaigns. All her work centers around one simple principle: involve more people in the policy decisions that affect their lives.
As a relative newcomer to Oregon, she spends most of her free time exploring new mountains and rivers by foot, bike, and boat.
Eliska joined Healthy Democracy in 2021 and is responsible for designing outward-facing visual materials and website design for the organization. She has an extensive background working for nonprofit organizations in the capacities of design and web development. She holds a BA in Architecture from the University of New Mexico.
Since immigrating from South Africa, Eliska has spent most of her time residing in the New Mexican desert. She has worked on various projects with local Indigenous populations, such as culturally responsive education and language revitalization programs.
Eliska spends most of her free time outdoors hiking or in front of an easel painting.
Director of Outreach and Communication
Kacey joined Healthy Democracy in June 2021 and manages our various outreach and communication projects. She builds and maintains relationships with Healthy Democracy’s outside partners and leads educational programs about the work that we do.
She studied deliberation throughout her master’s coursework and undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. She was exposed to HD’s work as a research assistant for Dr. Katherine Knobloch at CSU, who studies the efficacy of the CIR process, and attended 4 CIR events between 2012-2014. She also worked with CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation where she was trained and volunteered as a public facilitator, worked on process design and outreach, and engaged in over 5 years of deliberative events in Northern Colorado.
Kacey grew up in Washington and Colorado but has been living in Cusco, Peru since 2017. She relishes in traveling and learning about new cultures and foods. She spends her free time hiking the Andes with her family and playing with her dogs.
Director of Operations
Grace Taylor joined Healthy Democracy in December 2021. She manages logistics, budgeting and other policies, procedures, and systems for Healthy Democracy’s team.
She holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Pinchot University, and a BA in Political Economy from Lewis and Clark College. Prior to Healthy Democracy, she worked as an organizational development and strategic planning consultant for numerous Portland-area nonprofits and has worked with Rural Organizing Project and Vibrant Village Foundation, coordinating operations and finances. Earlier in her career she was a grassroots social justice organizer and international solidarity activist.
Grace grew up in Denver, Colorado, but Portland, Oregon is her longtime home. She’s parenting two teenagers, and loves hiking, backpacking and live music and dance.
Linn co-leads Healthy Democracy’s program development and process design. He co-coordinates HD’s complex public processes and consults on deliberative projects in the U.S. and abroad. He has been with Healthy Democracy since 2016.
He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA in history from Grinnell College. Prior to Healthy Democracy, he worked at PSU’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and at Metro, the Portland area’s regional government. His first career was in journalism, including stints at National Public Radio’s On the Media and at several newspapers and magazines in South Africa and India.
Linn grew up in Oregon but spent nearly a decade living elsewhere – in five US states and three countries overseas – before returning to the Pacific Northwest. He spends his free time playing music and rediscovering his home state – from its highest windblown fire lookouts to its lowest subterranean pub