Traci was appointed to the City Council in February 2017 for position #6.
Traci is a fifth-generation Oregonian who moved to Ashland in 1984. She was born and raised in Lebanon, Oregon. She graduated from Southern Oregon State College in 1989 with a degree in Political Science and worked as an aide to State Representative Nancy Peterson (D-Ashland) in the 1989 State legislative session. She continued her work in politics, working the 1991 and 1993 sessions. Traci also worked as a consultant on House elections and statewide ballot measures.
She is proud to have opened in 1996 the first U.S. Senate office outside of the Willamette valley in Medford for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.
Traci returned to school in 2005 and earned a BS in Nursing from OHSU. She graduated with honors in 2007 and went on to work at Asante: both Medford and Ashland, Rogue Valley Dialysis, and Community Health. Her most recent work in nursing was working as an RN Case Manager and then CNO for Rogue Community Health.
She is currently the Executive Director of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. She has served on the Ashland Budget Committee since 2014.
Traci and her husband Jason live in Quiet Village and their blended family includes a son serving in the U.S. Navy, two college freshman and one Ashland Grizzly. Their dogs Roscoe and Jake often take Traci for a hike or a visit to the Ashland Dog Park. She enjoys cycling, yoga, hiking, sunflowers and travel whenever possible.
Traci is committed to protecting Ashland’s unique character that includes ensuring Ashland remains a place where people of all ages and incomes can have an opportunity to thrive. Her approach to city government is to support inclusiveness, transparency, and partnerships that leverage municipal resources with other public, non-profit and local organizations.
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