Jon Isaacs grew up in Milwaukie, just south of Portland, with the exception of his early teenage years, which were spent in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Rex Putnam High School and attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1996. While at OSU, Jon got involved with the student government and the Oregon Student Lobby (now OSA), which led to a career in politics, organizing, and now public affairs. Jon worked in student and community organizing at the local and national level until 2001, when he began working for progressive Democratic campaigns in Oregon. Jon says, “People forget, but this state was mostly a Republican led state until the middle of last decade. I’m very proud of my work on the team that led the turning of the tide from Red to Blue in Oregon from 2004-2008 serving as the Campaign Manager and Senior Political Advisor to then House Democratic Leader Jeff Merkley, and now US Senate Jeff Merkley. Jeff, as you know is from East Portland.” Jon’s first son, Jay, was born during the 2008 Senate campaign as well. In 2009, resigned as Merkley’s State Director. He has since worked in a variety roles trying to find a balance between work that impacts the community and having time for his family. Jon got divorced in 2015, and has his kids half-time. He and his sons (Jay 10, Sam, 6) moved to Montavilla in 2016. He was recruited and accepted a job at Uber, leading their public affairs work in Oregon and several other Western States that year. Jon and his family absolutely LOVE living in. Montavilla. Jon says, “It’s such a unique Portland neighborhood, and it feels like our own city away from the city. But it has definitely opened my eyes to the inequities I always knew existed, but now I see on a daily basis. I see the problems, but I also see the progress and opportunities. I am excited to write about both.” Jon’s priorities in life are his kids, his partner, Diana Bailey, who owns and runs her own Immigration Law Firm, Bailey Immigration, and his work for Uber. In his personal time, he is a big Portland (Blazers, Timbers) and Oregon State University sports junkie. He also helps run a variety of gaming groups - tabletop, dungeons and dragons, starfinder.