Meet the Team

Samantha Shepherd, MA, Executive Director

Samantha joined CCO Oregon as the Executive Director in September 2017 with over a decade of experience helping nonprofit, government, health, and political organizations meet their goals and plan what’s next. She has advocated, implemented, and evaluated policies and programs targeted at transforming the health care system, understanding social determinants of health, building sustainable programs, and eliminating health disparities. She brings particular expertise in organizational development, strategic communications, and goal-based planning.

Committed to identifying community-based strategies that can improve overall population health, Samantha is a passionate health advocate. From 2010 to 2013, Samantha worked with the State of Oregon on health reform outreach and engagement programs. She ensured that local organizations had training and resources across Oregon to meet the needs of the program and the particular needs of each community. Since then, her experience has benefited hospital systems, nonprofits, research firms, and coalitions of diverse stakeholders as a consultant and team member.

Prior to Portland, Samantha lived in Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned a Masters in Applied Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University with research conducted in health education at Planned Parenthood. Her Bachelors is from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in Cultural Anthropology and Feminist Theory.

She currently volunteers in her neighborhood of St. Johns and at the Oregon Humane Society. She has also served on many advocacy boards and work groups, including the Oregon School Based Health Care Association and the Oregon Women’s Campaign School. In her spare time, she is likely hiking, playing in a river, planning a road trip, laughing loudly, or seeing live music.

Christine Lewis, Program and Events Manager

Christine Lewis is honored to join CCO Oregon as the Program and Events Manager in July of 2019. Christine brings more than a decade of experience in policy, politics, and community coalition building at the state and local level in Oregon.

Christine’s experience includes legislative and communications work at a state agency as well as positions in city and county government. Christine has served as an advocate and lobbyist in the legislative process, with a nuanced understanding of the Oregon legislative process informed by working as staff to legislative leadership in both chambers. Christine served as campaign manager for Portland’s historic housing bond in 2016, adding to her experience on numerous candidate and issue campaigns. In 2013/2014 she had the unique opportunity to manage a health care enrollment team working for SEIU State Council, enrolling over 6,000 families during the first five months of the Cover Oregon roll out.

Christine was elected to represent District 2 on the Metro Council in November 2018. Her commitment to serving her community includes previous positions as chair of the West Linn Historic Review Board, a quasi-judicial land use committee, and the Clackamas Vector Control District Budget Committee. She gives back by volunteering with Minds Matter of Portland, the Junior League of Portland, and the Portland Opera, among other organizations.
Christine attended Reed College where she earned a degree in Anthropology, and earned a graduate certificate in Social Impact Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Studies (CSIS) in the School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a 2019 CSIS Teaching Fellow.