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Oddly Enough Café caters to individual expression, family, reinvention, musings, and the Good Life.  Through the written word, the passing fancy, and the captured thought,  this blog offers a new way to cope with Life’s nastiest moments and to celebrate its best.

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About the author:

Laurie Wimmer, a 26-year veteran of Oregon politics, is a Government Relations Consultant for the Oregon Education Association.  In her 20 years with OEA, Laurie has become a policy specialist on school finance and taxation, school choice, student health and safety issues, civil rights, and community college funding.

Laurie has served as an appointee to various policy work groups.  She is the co-founder and chair of the Oregon Revenue Coalition. She has also served as Vice Chair of the School District Business Best Practices Advisory Committee, as a member of the School Revenue Forecast Committee, and on various educational choice groups, including the Charter School Task Force, the Virtual School Advisory Committee of the Department of Education, and the 10-year-review committee on Oregon’s charter school law.   She has written and produced for OEA an Annotated Glossary of School Finance and Taxation and co-authored for the Revenue Coalition a Primer on Tax Expenditures.

Prior to her work with OEA, she served for six years as Executive Director of the Oregon Commission for Women, where she helped to pass historic legislation on family leave, stalking, sexual harassment, domestic relations law, civil rights, and women’s health policy.

Laurie has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years.  Her work has been published in international, national, and local publications, including Black Lamb, Zephyr Magazine, The Vassar Quarterly, and Willamette Week.  She authored a chapter in a book published in 2016 entitled Surviving the Death of your Ex.

Wimmer is an honors graduate of Vassar College.  She interned with the Project on Equal Education Rights and the New York Public Interest Research Group while at Vassar. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Vassar’s newspaper, The Miscellany News and currently serves as Class Correspondent, publishing a quarterly column in the college alumni magazine.

Laurie, who lives in northwest Portland, is  Vice President of the Board of Oregon’s Virtual Education program (ORVED).  She has served as advisor to the Constitution Team at Parkrose High School, as President of the Vassar Club of Oregon and of the Class of 1980, and as President of Emerge Oregon. She also regularly lectures on education policy at various Oregon colleges and universities.

She is the parent of two children, Griffin, 27, and Riley, 24, and legal guardian of Lincoln High School sophomore Akili Kelekele, age 16.  Sheepadoodle Zuki and partner Ramin round out the menagerie.

 

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