Jes Larson is the Director of Welcome Home Coalition which is dedicated to advancing policy solutions to adequately build back the infrastructure of affordable homes in the Portland metro region. She recently led the Coalition in a successful and historic ballot measure — the first affordable housing bond. Ten years of direct service work in homelessness and mental healthcare informs Jes’ commitment to public policy and systems change work to advance basic human rights. She was born and raised in rural Minnesota and moved to Portland, Oregon 17 years ago as an Americorps volunteer. She studied political science as an undergraduate, but prefers to study strategic messaging. She lives in NE Portland where she enjoys tending fruit trees and pretending to train for a half-marathon.