You helped us pick our races. You helped us write questionnaires and interview candidates.

Now meet the results of all that hard work.

Who we didn't endorse.

The Color PAC endorsement committees and board faced difficult decisions in many races this year. Multiple candidates for the same position expressed a strong commitment to equity. Some we didn't get the chance to know well enough to endorse. Others missed the mark on equity entirely.

The candidates we endorsed were those whose commitment to equity was demonstrated in their track record, their shared priorities with community members, educators, and organizations, and their vision for the work ahead.

We have no doubt the folks we recommend will advance equity when elected, even when it may be unpopular. That's our kind of candidate.

More about our candidates


Julie Esparza Brown, PPS Zone 1

Visit Julie's Website  |  Julie is a third generation Chicana and an associate professor at the School of Education at Portland State University. Prior to becoming a professor, Julie spent 15 years teaching bilingual education and special education in public schools, and worked as a bilingual school psychologist. She is the proud mother of three children.


José González, PPS Zone 2

Visit José's Website  |  José grew up in a Mexican-American neighborhood in Texas before relocating to Portland, where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. He went on to college, and earned an MFA in Theatre Arts. For the past 30 years—alongside his wife—José has run the Miracle Theatre Group (aka Milagro), a Portland cultural institution focused on developing a regional Latino arts community through education, advocacy, and the creation of works of high visibility. José has had the opportunity to serve on numerous community boards and committees, from Oregon Advocates for the Arts to the Creative Advocacy Network, which successfully increased funding for arts education in our public schools. José has been a teacher in ESL and community arts programs and as adjunct assistant professor at PSU.


Amy Kohnstamm, PPS Zone 3


Visit Amy's Website  |  A graduate of PPS, Amy’s three children attend school in the district. She has worked to improve Portland schools as a volunteer, advocate, and community leader. Through her involvement with local school foundations and the Portland Schools Foundation, Amy helped raise millions to hire back teachers and support low-performing schools in the district.  For many years she oversaw the distribution of equity grants to the district’s highest poverty schools. Amy has served as board chair of Portland Schools Foundation / All Hands Raised and Open Meadow alternative schools.


Kali Thorne Ladd, PCC Zone 2

Visit Kali's Website  |  Kali Thorne Ladd is co-founder of KairosPDX, a non-profit organization focused on equity and access to quality early learning opportunities. Kali founded KairosPDX after 4 ½ of years of being in the City of Portland's Mayor's Office as the Education Strategies Director overseeing policy and direction for the Mayor's key education initiatives including the Summer Youth Connect and Future Connect program. Ladd holds a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and is a board member with Camp Fire USA, is a board member of the Portland Leadership Foundation and is a steering committee member with the Cradle to Career Initiative.


Anita Yap, PCC Zone 3

Visit Anita's Website  |  Anita Yap is involved with the Jade International District, on the board of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and a governor for the City Club of Portland. As a mother of college-aged students, Anita has experienced firsthand how financial aid, class selection and facilitated transition from high school are essential elements for student success. PCC has always been a part of Anita’s life: her father was a faculty member for over 20 years and her daughter was recently a student at Rock Creek campus.


Stephen Marc Beaudoin, MESD At-Large


Visit Stephen's Website  |  Stephen Marc Beaudoin is Executive Director of PHAME academy, a lifelong arts learning, performance, and community engagement nonprofit. Beaudoin has had a 12+ year career in senior nonprofit leadership, recognized in 2014 with a Spirit of Portland award. Beaudoin, a 2013 Portland Monthly Rising Star, is also a gubernatorial appointee to the board of directors of Oregon Humanities, and serves as an advisory board member for TEDxPortland. He's been active in volunteer leadership with Basic Rights Oregon and Mercy Corps, chairing or producing large fundraising events. Winner of the 2011 Skidmore Prize for nonprofit leadership and the 2014 MSMP Rob Delf Award for improving community health outcomes, Beaudoin is a native of Independence, Missouri, the youngest of four siblings, and proud uncle to two wonderful nieces, Mimi and Addy.