Marchel Hirschfield was born and raised on O’ahu, Hawaii. Mar is an immersion of cultural roots and traditions from Okinawa, Russia, and the Philippines. This past legislative session she interned with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to collect testimony and drive constituent calls to advance racial, gender, and economic justice. In July, Marchel was selected to participate in the 2019 People’s Summit Training in Washington DC and the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Retreat. Mar is the Vice President on the PTA Board for a Portland Public Elementary School. She also serves on the Culturally Responsive Workshop and Annual Symposium Committee with Portland State’s Diversity Action Council. Mar will be the first in her family to graduate from a University and is completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Public Affairs. Her lifelong goal is to have created cultural change so that her children and the generations to follow will no longer have the systemic barriers in their way to achieve their definition of success. In her free time she enjoys going on adventures with her two sons, photography, plants, crystals and tarot.