Staff & Executive Board

A.J. MendozaA.J. Mendoza
Campaign Organizer
Direct Office Line: 971-242-8704
Pronouns: he/him/his

A.J. hails from Gladstone Oregon and he graduated from George Fox University in 2013 with a double major in Political Science and History.  He was the first student at the university to publicly come out and he went on to help start an underground club for LGBTQ students and their allies called Common Ground, and he continues to advocate as a part of the LGBTQ alumni association called OneGeorgeFox.  He is a minister within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and serves as the clerk of the Equity and Inclusion Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.  A.J. has worked as an organizer at the Oregon Student Association and at Basic Rights Oregon.  He served as a Steward and as President for AFSCME Local 1790, and has become especially passionate about organizing workers in the non-profit sector.  A.J. has experienced first hand the difference between a union and non-union workplace, and is excited to be able to do his part to strengthen the movement as a whole at Portland Jobs with Justice.

justinJustin Norton-Kertson
Solidarity Organizer
Direct Office Line: 971-242-8702
Pronouns: he/him/his, they/them/theirs

Justin grew up in San Diego near the US-Mexico border, which helped to create a strong sense of international solidarity that has become a guiding value of his work. He received a degree in history from the University of California, Irvine and has worked a variety of jobs ranging from fast food and retail to construction labor, from working in teen centers to being a high school social studies teacher. He and his family moved to Portland in 2009. In February of 2015 Justin co-founded and became the lead organizer of 15 Now PDX, and he was the campaign manager for the Oregonians for 15 ballot measure effort. Before accepting the Solidarity Organizer position at JwJ, he worked as a community organizer for UFCW Local 555.

WillWill Layng
Executive Director
Direct Office Line: 971-242-8705
Pronouns: he/him/his

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Will moved to Portland in 2004 to work for SEIU Local 49. In June 2017 he joined Portland Jobs With Justice after 13 years of organizing workers and their community allies for economic and social justice across a wide range of low wage private sector industries with Local 49. Will brings deep experience in strategic campaigning, staff development, creative actions, and new forms of worker organization to JwJ and served on our Board for four years before joining the staff. He lives with his wife and daughter in Northeast Portland.  He’s a musician and singer-songwriter as well in his spare time. Will es bilingue en Español.

Executive Board

A.J. Mendoza, JwJ Staff, Campaign Organizer
Alyssa Pagan, Oregon Poor People’s Campaign, Don’t Shoot PDX: Co-Chair
Amanda Hill, OFNHP: Co-Chair
Beth Kerwin, AFSCME Local 88, HCAO: Healthcare Committee Chair
Dave Cutler, SEIU Local 49: Treasurer
Deborah Hall
, PPCFCE-AFT Local 3922, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists: Outreach Committee Chair
Grant Swanson, AFSCME Local 88 & Right 2 Dream Too: Co-Chair
Ibrahim Mubarak, Right 2 Survive: Co-Chair
Jamie Partridge, NALC branch 82, ISO: Membership Committee Chair
Joe Rastatter, Faith Labor Committee Chair
Justin Norton-Kertson, JwJ Staff, Solidarity Organizer
Martin Hart-Landsberg, Portland Rising Committee Chair
Maureen Crawford, SEIU Local 503: Fundraising Committee Chair
Pam Phan, Community Alliance of Tenants: Media Committee Chair
Robert Camarillo, OR Building & Construction Trades Council: Immigrant Rights Committee Chair
Russell Lum, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign: Global Justice Committee Chair
Shamus Cooke, SEIU Local 503, DSA: Secretary
Timothy Welp, OSEA: Personnel Committee Chair
Will Layng, JwJ Staff, Executive Director
Zev Nicholson, Rules Committee Chair

*Organizations listed for identification purposes only

Our Funders

In addition to our coalition member organizations and individual donors, our funders include: