Who We Are

Meet the people behind OASIS.

Jordan Schott

Director of Legislative Strategy

Jordan (she/her) is a co-founder and Director of Legislative Strategy for OASIS. She is primarily responsible for communications with Legislators and conducting Legislative research. 

Jordan first got involved in Constitutional change when she interned at the Oregon State Capitol and stumbled upon the slavery exception clause in the Oregon State Constitution. Over the next year, Jordan advocated for a proposed amendment which would remove the language of slavery from the Constitution. Despite the uncooperative Legislative process, Jordan’s pursuit for Constitutional change was reinvigorated after taking a class which brought students into Oregon State Penitentiary to learn about Restorative Justice alongside incarcerated men. 

Jordan is a graduate of Willamette University. She holds a dual BA in English and Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics.

Yakirah Kates

Director of Communications

Yakirah (she/her) is a co-founder and the Director of Communications for OASIS. She is responsible for relationship building, managing external communications and coalition building, and facilitating internal communications.

Prior to her involvement with OASIS, Yakirah was involved in a series of research and advocacy projects surrounding reentry. From these experiences, Yakirah brings an understanding of the financial predicaments faced by incarcerated persons and their loved ones during and after incarceration.

Yakirah, like many other staff members of OASIS, is a graduate of Willamette University. She has a dual BA in Psychology and Refugee and Migration Studies.

Anna McPherson

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Anna  (she/her) is the volunteer outreach coordinator for OASIS. She is responsible for promoting volunteer opportunities, recruiting and training new volunteers, maintaining a database of volunteer information, matching volunteers with appropriate tasks to suit their skills, and conveying OASIS’s message to the public.

In addition to her involvement with OASIS, Anna is the vice president of Willamette University’s Restorative Justice Coalition. From these experiences, Anna brings an understanding of the criminal justice system and its faults.

Anna is a current student at Willamette University, pursuing a major in Civic Communication and Media with Public Health and Sociology minors.

John Hochstetler

Director of Technical Operations

John hasn’t written a bio yet, but here’s a pic of him cheesing it up for the camera.

Riley Burton

Director of Financial Operations

Riley is our Director of Financial Operations. He’s still working on his bio so here’s a picture of him with Caesar the No-Drama-Llama to tide you over until he’s done.