Staff & Associates

Kitchen Table Democracy Executive Director

Wendy Willis

503-725-9091 Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis is the Executive Director of Kitchen Table Democracy and Director of Civic Engagment for NPCC. Wendy is a national leader in the field of civic engagement and citizen-centered decision-making.  Prior to joining KTD/NPCC, Wendy was the Executive Director for City Club of Portland, one of the most venerable civic organizations in the country.   She has also served as an Assistant Public Defender for the District of Oregon and a law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court.  Wendy is also a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Oregon, a poet, and the mother of two young daughters.  She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University.

NPCC Interim Director

Jim Johnson


Jim currently serves as NPCC's Interim Director. Jim's background is in local government. He was the Lane County Administrator for about eight years, the Department Director for Library, Recreation, and Cultural Services at the City of Eugene for about five years, and City Manager of the City of Eugene for about four years. He has also served as the interim city manager/city administrator for the cities of Roseburg, Creswell, and Vernonia. Jim was previously the Deputy Director for Operations at NPCC and managed the staff that takes care of the Center's budget and financial systems, Human Resources, and general administration. Jim has also been a project manager on a number of intergovernmental projects.

Chief Advisor

Chris CarlsonChris Carlson


Chris Carlson has been active in the public policy dispute resolution field for more than 25 years, serving as mediator, facilitator, trainer, and consultant. She has authored numerous articles and publications, including PCI's Practical Guide to Consensus. Prior to co-founding PCI, Chris was Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. She has served as a local elected official and in advisory positions in state and national government.

NPCC / KTD Director of Research and Development

Beverly SteinBeverly Stein


Beverly Stein started as director of Oregon Solutions in Portland State University’s National Policy Consensus Center in July 2012. In October 2013 she became the director of Research and Development for Kitchen Table Democracy and the National Policy Consensus Center.Prior to being selected as the director of Oregon Solutions she was President and co-owner of the Public Strategies Group (PSG). PSG works for government organizations committed to innovation, customer-focus and results-based governance. Beverly served as the elected Chair of the Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners and as its Chief Executive for eight years. She was elected three times to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives, worked as a Legal Aid attorney and in a solo private law practice, and has extensive experience as a strategic planner and facilitator for non-profit and government organizations.  She ran for Governor of Oregon in the 2002 primary election.

Program Representative

Roslyn Owen


Roslyn has worked for NPCC / KTD since 2002. Previously, she served as Executive Assistant to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's Health, Human Services and Labor Policy Analyst. She was Executive Assistant for the Government Services Section of the Oregon Department of Justice from 1998-2000. From 1985 to 1997 Roslyn was an Accounting Manager for a local management firm.

Special Projects Manager

Sarah Giles Sarah Giles


Sarah began working for KTD / NPCC in 2007. She was previously a Research Assistant with the Department of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University. From 2002-2006 Sarah taught writing at the University of Arizona where she also received her MFA in Creative Writing. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 2001 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, where she taught English to elementary and secondary level students.