Our esteemed Advisory Board is still growing, so check back again soon to meet everyone!
Bryan Lewis (Portland, Oregon)
Bryan is a union organizer with Service Employees International Union, local 503 (SEIU 503), a member of: Communication Workers of America, local 7901 (CWA 7901), NAACP Portland, Oregon chapter, and National Popular Vote Oregon. He was a member of Portland’s Community Rights group for several years. Bryan is a Portland native who has been working to empower communities since he was thirteen years old. Bryan currently served on the Multnomah Youth Commission for nine years, and is currently a Commissioner serving on the executive Board of the Commission on Children, Families, and Community of Multnomah County, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of Take the Time. In his youth, he did a lot of student and campus organizing. Bryan is interested in how Permaculture, EcoFeminism, and new and emerging social movements can all be enriched and more quickly realized utilizing the dynamic and empowering Community Rights Movement.
Cindi Fisher (Vancouver, Washington):
Forest Jahnke (Gays Mills, Wisconsin):
Forest was hatched and fledged at Dancing Waters Permaculture Cooperative in the lush rolling hills and valleys at the heart of the ‘Driftless’ in SW Wisconsin. After obtaining a college degree and lifelong extensive travel through 26 countries, he has returned home to shore up his roots as a permanent member of this intentional community, where he serves as a permaculture forest field and garden grunt, pig walla, and waste composter/fermenter, as well as nerding out on consensus process and policy decisions. In the wider community, he works as Program Coordinator for Crawford Stewardship Project, and serves on his Clayton Township Planning Commission, the WI Farmers Union Frac Sand Steering Committee, as well as with the statewide Sustain Rural WI Network grassroots factory farm resistance coalition as co-Vice President. Forest’s roots and travels have both led him to deeply appreciate the blessings of clean water and beautifully functioning ecosystems and have driven him to a life dedicated to protecting these in ways that unite and create community.
Since encountering Community Rights in 2013, he has become inspired and involved at the local and regional level, attending, hosting, and facilitating Community Rights gatherings throughout the region to learn more and teach about this hopeful and empowering strategy. Forest is looking forward to seeing and shepherding forward the first rights-based ordinances passed in the Midwest soon, and is excited to bring his communication and group-work skills to help forward this movement at a national level!
Heather Tischbein (Vancouver, Washington):
Mark Dilley (Detroit, Michigan):
Mark has a long history as a labor organizer within the American Federation of Teachers, local, state and national organizations. Additionally, having started out as a grocery store union member, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951 and being involved with many labor struggles, he understands Unions. His speciality is working one-on-one in developing leadership within the Union. As a creative problem solver, and great listener, he excels at building teams of people who are working towards common goals. As one of four co-founders of Portland, Oregon’s Community Rights group (Community Rights PDX), which launched in 2012, Mark sees Community Rights organizing as an umbrella to unite people and groups. He is honored to have been asked to serve on the Advisory Board of Community Rights US. Mark now lives in Detroit, Michigan, where he is the Director of Organizing for AAUP-AFT Local 6075 AFL-CIO, Wayne State University Chapter. (And in his spare time, he facilitates a local progressive community calendar: Activate313.org.)
Patriciafaye Marshall (McMinnville, Oregon):
Patriciafaye has been involved in the Community Rights Movement at both the state and local levels since 2012. She is currently Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator for ZeroWaste McMinnville working to make McMinnville the first city in Oregon to reach Zero Waste (diverting upwards of 90% of the solid waste stream away from landfills and incinerators) by 2024. In this capacity, as well as being on the boards of other non-profits, she has created Sustaining Circle programs to provide recurring pledges to fund the organization’s on-going operational expenses.
In 2003, Patriciafaye was hired by the Dennis Kucinich Presidential Campaign to manage Major Donors. Se was trained by Lynne Twist, author of Soul of Money, the creator of “Fundraising from the Heart” workshops, and co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance. She has conducted this workshop for many non-profits over the years, trained contribution leaders, and led countless fundraising events. And she worked on the staff of Landmark Education as a seminar leader and contribution meeting leader for over a decade.
Steve Luse (Decorah, Iowa):
Steve is a native Iowan who has studied people and life by seeking to interact with others in supportive, encouraging, joyful and respectful ways. In reflecting on Paul Cienfuegos’ weekend workshop presentations, he became convinced that active citizenship in this country necessitates us assuming ownership of how things are to be done. He therefore became involved in his local Community Rights group and helped craft a rights-based ordinance and present it to his local county officials. He believes it is time to repudiate the illegitimate laws placed into being, because the legal system is biased toward supporting corporate balance sheets and away from the necessity of protecting the Earth and all that live on it. Steve serves on the City Council in Decorah, Iowa. In his new responsibilities, he values supporting local control and responsibility, and is glad and proud to be on the ‘Community Rights US’ Advisory Board because it provides him an opportunity to support the change this country needs. And last but definitely not least, he is a new grandparent and local food advocate.
Teresa Cisneros (Ashland, Oregon):
Teresa grew up in west Texas as a farm worker. Her family were all migrant workers. Her parents met in Talent, Oregon, picking fruit. Her family has always had an eye on justice. They often had political and religious conversations and meetings at their home. Her mother was a natural born leader and her father a natural organizer. Her family’s struggles and the other families she lived with in the community fueled her commitment to work for change and justice. Although she has much respect for protesters and protests, she feels she can do more powerful work by empowering the people to engage within the political system itself and rewrite laws.
Teresa was drawn to Paul Cienfuegos’ work after she began her own search for answers regarding the state of our country politically, socially and economically. She attended Paul’s workshop and was deeply validated and made a commitment to work towards change. Her first project was joining the local Community Rights group in Ashland, Oregon, and quickly organized and facilitated a decolonization group. As an Indigenous woman she knows how important this process is. Teresa has dedicated her education and social justice work to be a voice for the oppressed and underserved populations of our country. Her goal is to run for office in her state and represent her relatives of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas, and engage as many women and First Nations peoples as she can convince to run for office.
Treothe Bullock (Portland, Oregon):
Treothe Bullock currently works as a science educator and has developed Climate Justice Citizen Chemistry Curriculum with the Oregon Writers Project. He is also a musician, writer, photographer, environmental and human rights activist. He has written about and tracked the development of the Community Rights movement over the last two decades. He sees Community Rights Law as the clearest path to solving the challenge of defending the integrity of Ecosystems and the rights of local Communities to choose sustainable futures without being preempted by Corporate “persons” in a never ending bankrupting onslaught of single issue legal battles.