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.
Director of Outreach and Communication
Kacey joined Healthy Democracy in the summer of 2021 and focuses on helping tell the stories of the Lottery-Selected Panels designed and coordinated by HD.
She studied deliberation throughout her Communication Studies BA and MA coursework through the deliberation track at Colorado State University where worked with the Center for Public Deliberation. Trained as a facilitator of Public Deliberation, she assisted in the designing and facilitating of 4+ years of deliberative events in Northern Colorado.
Kacey is a wanderer and adventurer by nature. She relishes in experiencing new cultures, meeting new dogs, and trying new foods. In her free time, you can find her exploring the outdoors with her family and 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