Our Staff Team

Meet the team at CI. We’re passionate about supporting kids and families and helping Oregon become the best state to be a kid. Click the images for bios and contact information.

Swati Adarkar

President and CEO

Melissa Duclos

Communications Associate

Chelsea Greenwood

Operations Coordinator

Erin Helgren

Early Works Site Liaison, Yoncalla

Dana Hepper

Director of Policy & Advocacy

Toni Iyoha

Program Assistant

Molly Jones

Executive Assistant

Marina Merrill

Director of Research & Strategy

Malea Miller

Advocacy & Policy Assistant

Eli O’Brate

Finance & Operations Manager

Soobin David Oh

Senior Early Education Advisor

Rafael Otto

Director of Communications

Danielle Pacifico-Cogan

Director of Community Affairs

Gini Petersen

Senior Development Officer

Nicole Pexton

Strategic Grant Writer

Paul Reich

Finance & Operations Assistant

Elena Rivera

Senior Health Policy & Program Advisor

Carole Shellhart

Chief of Staff

Helen Shum

Communications Associate

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