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CEJ Staff


Maya Crawford Peacock

Executive Director
Maya began serving as CEJ's Executive Director in July of 2016. Maya is a 2003 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and has an extensive background in poverty law, having worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for many years. She also served as the Associate Director of the Campaign for several years. According to Gerry Gaydos, CEJ board member, “Maya has rich experience in serving low-income clients and in coordinating legal aid’s volunteer lawyer opportunities. She is well known in the legal community for her passion for access to justice and for her professional integrity. Our Board is very pleased to have this proven leader take the helm of CEJ and continue our work of making our civil justice system accessible to everyone -- not just the few who can afford it.” Sandy Hansberger, former CEJ ED who has worked with Maya in a number of different capacities during the past decade, including during Maya’s tenure as Associate Director of the Campaign, says, "Maya is well respected in the legal community and has many connections with the private bar. She is the perfect choice to lead the next phase of the Campaign’s growth. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities."

Shari Nilsson

Programs & Information Specialist
Shari has been a member of the CEJ team since 2008. She attended Portland State University, and worked for 10 years as a legal secretary and office manager for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Legal Clinic, then as an administrative assistant in the office of the Dean of the College at Lewis & Clark College, before taking some time off after the birth of her now adult twins. Her career has been centered on diversity and flexibility, with tasks as wide-ranging as event planning, accounting, database administration, preparation of legal documents, graphic design, assisting with law student education, meeting facilitation, preparation of legislative history materials, and website design. She is proud to be a part of an organization dedicated to providing access to justice for all Oregonians. In her spare time, she enjoys family flights with her pilot husband at the helm, baking, doing genealogical research, reading, nature walks, Swedish language and culture, and moonlighting as the Executive Assistant for the Oregon Council on Court Procedures. She is also a former board member for the Portland chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association.

Board of Directors

Advisory Committee

Howard G Arnett
Hon Thomas A Balmer
Hon Stacie Fatka Beckerman
Rep Suzanne Bonamici
Kristin L Bremer Moore
Larry A Brisbee
Hon Kate Brown
Thomas W Brown
Dean Marcilynn Burke
Carmen M Calzacorta
Dominic M Campanella
Barry P Caplan
Jeff J Carter
Linda D Clingan
Valerie Colas
Charles E Corrigan
Christine R Costantino
Sarah J Crooks
Michael C Dotten
Elisa J Dozono
William G Earle
Jeffrey M Edelson
Amy Edwards
Paul R Ehrlich
Grant McKenzie Elder
Brien J Flanagan
Angela M Franco Lucero
John C Gartland
Gerry Gaydos
Hon Timothy C Gerking
Denise Nicole Gorrell
S Ward Greene
Ronald L Greenman
Ari D Halpern
Sandra A Hansberger
Edwin A Harnden

Henry H Hewitt
Audrey B Hirsch
Hon Mary Mertens James
Gina Anne Johnnie
Todd R Johnston
Nicholas A Kampars
Matthew H Kehoe
Elizabeth C Knight
Rep Tina Kotek
Tom Kranovich
Wayne D Landsverk
Frank V Langfitt, III
Steve D Larson
Shayda Zaerpoor Le
Eric B Lindauer
Brena Moyer Lopez
Sarah M Lowe
Molly K Marcum
Julia E Markley
Debra Cohen Maryanov
Tracy M McGovern
Todd A Mitchell
Sonia A Montalbano
Keil M Mueller
Hon Adrienne C Nelson
Vanessa A Nordyke
Darcy M Norville
Kathryn Olney
Jane Paulson
Beverly C Pearman
J Adam Peterson
Stephen V Piucci
Travis S Prestwich
John C Rake
Kathleen J Rastetter
Traci Renee Ray

Hon Tobias Read
Peter C Richter
Hon Ellen F Rosenblum
Joshua L Ross
Laura R Salerno Owens
Daniel P Santos
Louis D Savage
Andrew M Schpak
Rachele R Selvig
Lane P Shetterly
Charmin B Shiely
Hon Kamala H Shugar
Hon Gregory F Silver
Hon Michael H Simon
Vicki L Smith
Thomas W Sondag
Richard G Spier
N Robert Stoll
Kara Ellis Tatman
Charles S Tauman
Andrea H Thompson
Valerie A Tomasi
E Walter Van Valkenburg
Michelle Vlach-Ing
Mark R Wada
James T Waldron
Hon Nan G Waller
Hon Martha L Walters
Robert C Weaver, Jr
Heather L Weigler
Charles R Williamson
Rep Jennifer A Williamson
Ross M Williamson
Theresa L (Terry) Wright
Hon Merri Souther Wyatt
Ira Zarov

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