D Pei Wu, PhD
Direct Office Line: 971-242-8705
Pronouns: D; they/them/theirs
D Pei Wu was born in New York City and grew up in a small Chinese community in adjacent Fairfield County. In addition to participating in the civil disobedience mass mobilizations of WTO civil society protests in Seattle (1999) and Hong Kong (2005), D’s first arrest was supporting hotel workers fighting for a living wage in Emeryville, CA.
D has co-authored several reports on youth organizing in environmental justice and played key roles in media & communications with delegations of youth, indigenous peoples, and women in international climate change treaty conventions. Their favorite campaigns have included fighting the evictions of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrant and refugee tenants in Oakland, CA; developing data books on environmental quality and community-stabilizing development with Filipino, Black, Asian, and Latino communities in San Francisco and West Oakland; and preventing the detention and deportation of local undocumented people. D’s dissertation examined the role of cultural organizing and healing in movements for transformative social justice.
D is on the Board of the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans and the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for scholar-activist-organizers and a proud associate member of their union, the American Association of University Professors. D lives with three dogs and roommates in a cute old house in southeast Portland, and speaks English, Spanish, passable Mandarin, and dwindling French and Portuguese.
Direct Office Line: 971-242-8702
Born in San Diego, California, Justin grew up on the US-Mexico border in a very diverse environment, which created a strong sense of diversity and international solidarity that has become a guiding value of his work.
Justin attended the University of California, Irvine where he became active in organizing around environmental and consumer rights issues, as well houseless issues after a one year stint of living houseless himself. It was also at UCI where Justin got his first taste of labor organizing by heading up undergraduate outreach efforts during the UC grad students successful unionization campaign. He earned a degree in history from UCI in 2003, and went on to earn a social studies teaching credential at Cal State Fullerton.
Job losses and uncertain economic conditions during the 2008 recession brought Justin and his family Portland in 2009. In 2015 Justin co-founded and became the lead organizer of 15 Now PDX and 15 Now Oregon, and he was the campaign manager for the Oregonians for 15 ballot measure effort. Prior to accepting the Solidarity Organizer position at JwJ, he worked as a community organizer for UFCW Local 555.
Below is a list of our current Executive Board members.
We are in the process of updating bios and photos so come back soon for more information!
- Amanda Aguilar Shank, Enlace
- Amanda Hill, OFNHP
- Beth Kerwin, Health Care Committee
- Deborah Hall, CBTU
- D Pei Wu, JwJ staff
- Eliana Machuca, Immigrant Rights
- Grant Swanson, Co-Chair
- Ibrahim Bilal Mubarak, Co-Chair
- Joe Rastatter, Faith Labor Committee
- Justin Norton-Kerston, Secretary & JwJ Staff
- Katrina Holland, Community Alliance of Tenants
- Martin Hart-Landsberg, Portland Rising
- Pam Phan, Finance Chair
- Robert Camarillo, Ironworkers NW
- Romeo Sosa, Co-Chair
- Tiffany Thompson, Co-Chair
- Will Layng, SEIU 49; Personnel Committee
- Zev Nicholson, AFSCME Council 75, Rules Chair
In addition to our coalition member organizations and individual donors, our funders include:
- Mackenzie River Gathering Foundation
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
- Interfaith Worker Justice