Kimberly McCullough ’13
Legislative Director, Oregon Department of Justice
After law school, I discovered a deep passion for policy advocacy in the realm of civil rights and criminal justice reform. As legislative director at the ACLU of Oregon, the Office of Public Defense Services, and now the Department of Justice, I strive to bring stakeholders together in collegial collaboration. By developing meaningful relationships and seeking common ground, we can shape policy that promotes equity and healthy communities, at the same time protecting our cherished constitutional rights. I often think of Professor Brunet’s urging that we not see our advocacy as a zero-sum game, but instead look to “widen the pie,” and Professor Kaplan’s insight into the importance of lifting up the voices and leadership of those most impacted by the problems we seek to address. So much of what I learned at Lewis & Clark guides me, and I am truly grateful for that.