Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a lifelong commitment to building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. Jamie spent part of her childhood in East Africa before moving to Oregon in high school and making the state her home.
Jamie has spent her life in public service and has a proven track record of bringing people together to address our most pressing challenges. She has managed repairs of schools in war-torn countries, designed water systems, mediated community disputes, resettled refugees, managed environmental and regulatory review for development and natural resource projects, facilitated organizational capacity building, developed economic and renewable energy policy, managed a small city, and served on a city council.
Jamie has degrees in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Regional Planning from Cornell, and Law from the University of Oregon, as well as certificates in Human Rights from Oxford and Executive Leadership from Harvard.
In 2018, Jamie ran a change-making grassroots Congressional campaign, focusing on our shared values and government accountability. She won more votes and counties than a Democrat has won in southern, central, and eastern Oregon in decades, and she is credited with her opponent’s decision to retire. In her 2020 bid for Secretary of State, Jamie won 19 of Oregon’s 36 counties in the Democratic Primary, including the most rural areas of our state.
An attorney, planner and small business owner, she continues her work to bridge our urban-rural and political divides, mentor emerging leaders, and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Jamie serves an elected member of the Jefferson County Education Service District and was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Jamie and her wife, Cass, have four kids, three goats, and two dogs. They love living in Central Oregon.