Piper Crowell Receives Endorsement from the Victory Fund
First National Endorsement in Race for Portland Mayor
Portland, OR – Piper Crowell today received an endorsement from the LGBTQ Victory Fund. The Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government. Piper will be the first gay woman to serve as Portland Mayor and council member.
“I didn’t grow up thinking it was possible to be openly gay and be an elected official. The Victory Fund has supported our community long before many of us realized that you could run while being out. In my decade of public service and while working with governments, I didn’t always feel comfortable or safe being out. And now, as an openly gay candidate in this race, I am humbled to represent our community across Portland.”
Mayor Annise Parker, President and CEO, LGBTQ Victory Fund:
“As the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city, I know that Piper has what it takes to lead Portland and reconnect city hall to its citizens. Victory Fund is proud to endorse Piper as she works to become the first out lesbian to serve as mayor, giving a voice to those who never thought they could be truly represented by their leaders.”
Molly King, Executive Director, QDoc Film Festival:
“Having queer representation, whether it is in film, sports or politics, helps raise visability and awareness of issues facing our community. To have a candidate that stands for us in the race for Mayor speaks to so many, whether they are out or not. Piper is the voice that can carry us into city hall and throughout Portland to ensure that we all are represented and feel safer being a part of this community.” Mayor that is openly gay and willing to be an adovacte for our community gives me hope for the future of our city.”
Crystal Shishido, volunteer and activist:
“I’m excited to see Piper Crowell running for mayor and believe that she will be a great voice for the community. As a queer parent and dedicated volunteer with LGBT+ youth, I think this kind of visibility and leadership example will inspire action and will work towards an environment in which many different types of people can thrive. Representation and out role models are so important and encourage so much growth. Beyond that, Piper seems to embody the very spirit of Portland, while also looking to improve and learn from others with different backgrounds which is invaluable in a leader.”
About Victory Fund:
Victory Fund was founded in 1991 by LGBTQ activists and donors who recognized the success of EMILY’s List at attracting attention and support for women candidates for public office. With less than 50 openly LGBTQ elected officials across America at any level of government, Victory Fund’s founders understood that boosting our numbers in public office would be key to advancing equality. In creating Victory Fund, they set out to build a network of supporters who pledged to assist viable LGBTQ candidates endorsed by the organization.
Piper Crowell is a digital and innovation policy expert, environmental advocate and leader with a record of bringing people together to address critical challenges affecting our community and our country.
Piper’s desire to serve comes from her love of living in Portland and her family’s long history in Oregon. Piper grew up hearing stories of her grandparents and great grandparents living in Coos Bay and North Bend. Her family were fishermen, loggers, and business owners. Piper grew up in the US and abroad as her mother served as a political officer in the US State Department. Her family also has history of military service which has instilled a deep appreciation of the duty and sacrifice of military families.
Piper started her career working on issue campaigns, including efforts to expand clean energy, protect open spaces, and provide access to quality, affordable health care. She successfully organized college students to help stop Prop 23, a ballot initiative that would have reversed a landmark global warming law in California.
As a Legislative Director, Piper worked on Capitol Hill to protect clean air and clean water while still growing our economy and investing in infrastructure. She also helped to create protections for consumers by working on technology regulation.
Piper has worked on a range of important issues, including online privacy, e-commerce, intellectual property, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity regulations.
She now serves on the Oregon Innovation Council, working with the private sector, public universities, and the government to create new jobs in Oregon and drive more investment in Oregon’s economy. She also currently serves as Director of Global and Innovation Policy at Nike.