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Officers & Staff

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Graham grew up in a small, rural, Midwestern town in the heart of the historical stronghold of the American automobile manufacturing industry, not far from the birthplace of the United Automobile Workers.  His grandfather, a forty-year UAW member at a factory in Northeastern Indiana, used his union card to lift his family out of Depression-era poverty and into the middle class.

His grandfather’s deep roots within the UAW and his mother’s involvement in the Indiana State Teachers Association had far-reaching impacts on his life.  As the son of an elementary school teacher and bank salesman, he was instilled with a strong work ethic and commitment to community service. From an early age, Graham always had a job.  He baled hay, worked at a local hardware store, was a server in the restaurant industry, and was a UFCW member at a grocery store during college. He grew up with a keen understanding of the dignity and value of all work.    

After graduating college, Graham’s passion for activism led him to a job as a community organizer.  This exposure to the fight and struggle for social and economic justice, with organizations and campaigns across the country, had him hooked.  He committed himself to a career of community and public service, wanting to fight for what mattered.

Graham joined the Oregon Labor Movement as the State Director for Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO in 2006.  Throughout his career, he has worked hard to help Oregon workers build power through forming their own union and by winning political and policy campaigns that can make a tangible difference in their lives.

Graham has served in nearly every role at the Oregon AFL-CIO, as an organizer, campaign manager, lobbyist, and as Chief of Staff.  He has been on the frontlines of many fights for economic justice in Oregon throughout that time and was elected to serve as the youngest President in Oregon AFL-CIO history at the 2019 Oregon AFL-CIO Convention.

Graham is a proud member of IBEW Local 48.

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Aida Aranda is the Training Director for the Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust and Administrator of the Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship Program. A 25-year member of LiUNA and Local 737, Aida is a journey worker Construction Craft Laborer (CCL) with more than 15 years of experience in registered apprenticeship and over a decade in the field as a CCL in the building construction industry. Aida was appointed to the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council and served for two terms. She is currently serving on the Portland Metro Workforce Board and on the Board of the Portland Workforce Alliance. Aida participates in different capacities with community organizations, High Schools, and Pre-apprenticeship training programs, such as Oregon Tradeswomen, Constructing Hope, Portland Youth Build, and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, supporting pathways to careers in the construction industry.


Aida considers registered Union Apprenticeships to be her professional passion. She believes we can help build connections to apprenticeships and make career pathways to the trades an accepted, sought after, and highly regarded career option for youth and workers from all communities.


Aida’s family moved to Oregon in the late sixties as migrant workers harvesting crops in the Willamette Valley. For a short time her family lived at Campo Azul, a migrant labor camp in Washington county. Her family settled in the small family town of Cornelius where she was raised. She recalls walking the picket line with her family during the grape

boycotts and learning about the farm workers' fight for better wages and working conditions, and how unions provided them with a voice and representation. 


Aida is the first person of color to hold one of the two leadership positions at the Oregon AFL-CIO.


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Russell Sanders, Communications Director

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Chelsea Watson, Field & Research Director ​

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Emily Sahler, Office Manager

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Chris Maxie, Lead Political & Strategic Organizer


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Catie Theisen, Political Director

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Josh Hall, Workforce Labor Liaison

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Sophie Peters, Political Organizer

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