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Avel Louise Gordly's Biography

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Full Name:

Avel Louise Gordly




Widowed; 1 Child: Tyrone Wayne Waters

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Birth Place:

Portland, OR

Home City:

Portland, OR


United Church of Christ

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

BS, Portland State University, 1974

Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, 1991-1996.

Senator, Oregon State Senate, 1996-2008

Founder, African American Mental Health Commission

Experience, Governor’s Mental Health Alignment Task Force

Co-Chair, Governor’s Racial and Ethnic Health Task Force

Experience, Governor’s Task Force on Environmental Justice

Co-Chair, Senate President’s Interim Task Force on Parental and Family Abductions

Experience, Supreme Court Access to Justice Task Force

Community Liaison, Multnomah County Health Department, present

Adult Parole and Probation Officer, Oregon Corrections Division

Department of Black Studies, Portland State University

Parent Coordinator, Albina Head Start, present

Associate Executive Secretary, American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Northwest Region, present

Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum, present

Member, Highland United Church of Christ, present

Program Director, House of Umoja, present

Rape Victim Advocate, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, present

Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, present

Member, Oregon Uniting Advisory Committee, present

Citizen Chair, Portland Police Bureau’s Chief’s Forum, present

Director of Youth Services, Urban League, present

Former Coordinator, Albina Headstart Parent Involvement Center

Director, Southern Africa Program, American Friends Service Committee, 1983-1990