By | February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

I had a great time at the Oregon MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Demo Day at OMSI earlier this week. I had the chance to meet with Executive Director, Tong Zhang, Ph. D, and learn about the innovative projects that students in the program are doing to solve real-life problems that affect local medical professionals.

Oregon MESA is an outreach program from Portland State University. Their mission is:

“To provide students underrepresented in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science, and technology with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college, and compete successfully in the workforce.”

I appreciate that the program facilitates positive experiences in the STEM field for underrepresented students so that they can envision a future for themselves in a related career. I hope Oregon MESA can expand, to elevate more students to achieve their potential.

Yesenia Gallardo Avila from Occam Advisors, giving the keynote address about the import skill of taking risks.

MESA’s purpose is very similar to my own. I want to see everyone in our city, whether residents on the Eastside or students and educators, have the support and resources they need to thrive in our city. That’s why I’m running for Portland City Council.


What: Julia’s Campaign Launch (and Birthday) Party!
Where: Tea Chai Te on East Burnside (616 E Burnside, Portland, OR)
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Sandwiches, wraps, and other snacks will be provided, along with a birthday cake from Miss Zumstein Cakes & Desserts. Guests are welcome to purchase tasty tea and kombucha beverages from the generous hosts at Tea Chai Te.

Please invite your friends and family, and share this event with your networks!

The event is free but we ask that you register on EventBrite or confirm “Going” on Facebook so we can get an accurate headcount.


Lastly: I’m well over half way to qualifying for public matching campaign funds! If you haven’t donated already all it takes is a minimum of $5 (and you can give up to $250) for any Portland resident to help me qualify. Remember: once I qualify, the City of Portland will match 6 – 1, up to $50 of each donation from Portland residents! This is our city, our future––and together I know we can make it better.


Yours Truly,