Marchel Hirschfield was born and raised on O’ahu, Hawaii. She is an immersion of cultural roots and traditions from Okinawa, Russia, and the Philippines. Through her life experiences as a queer, brown, single parent, and a survivor of domestic violence and the justice system, Marchel is committed to amplifying BIPOC voices to share their stories and be their authentic selves. In July 2019, Marchel was selected to participate in the 2019 People’s Summit Training in Washington DC and the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Retreat. In October 2019 as part of the We Count Oregon campaign, Marchel was invited to join the Cascade Society cohort led by Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett. The We Count Oregon campaign reached over 200,000 households and made huge efforts to get 99% of Oregonians counted in the 2020 census. In September 2020, Marchel was awarded the Volunteer Excellence Award with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon where she is currently part of the Leadership and Advocacy Team. Marchel currently serves on the Board of Call to Safety, a non-profit organization that provides direct services to folks experiencing domestic or sexual violence, and she continues to advocate for expanded resources for survivors at the state level. As Political Director, Marchel hopes to continue to engage and activate the youth and community members to grow into their power. Marchel is a mother of two young boys and enjoys going on adventures, photography, plants, crystals, and tarot. When there’s free time, Marchel enjoys brunch, networking, and spending time with friends.