Marc SansonMarc Sanson, Executive Director

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  Marc led Oregon Rural Action as its most recent director, laying the foundation for an on-going assessment of the organization as it seeks to broaden its base in Eastern Oregon. His re-organization of the ORA office was a tribute to his skills and dedication.

Marc believes strongly in community organizing and excited by Oregon Rural Action’s strong volunteer base that is adding strength to communities in Eastern Oregon. Marc studied political science and public administration as an undergraduate in Illinois at Quincy University, and as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

As an avid hiker, and his love of all things wild, Marc was driven to leave his comfortable existence in Illinois and spend 6 months hiking the Appalachian Trail. Since then, Marc has been answering the call of the mountains, which brought him to La Grande.
Marc has a long career helping non-profit organizations and small businesses improve their operations and achieve their goals. He has been a part of the 7 state network that Oregon Rural Action is a part of when he worked with the Northern Plains Resource Council in Montana. He has experience working on issues of social justice, sustainable agriculture, local foods and grassroots politics. Email Marc at marc@oregonrural.org  

 

Tova Woyciechowicz

Tova Woyciechowicz, Community Organizer 

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 Tova Woyciechowicz came to Oregon Rural Action with a unique combination of higher education, bachelors’ degrees in Environmental Studies and Advertising from the University of Montana and the Art Institute of Portland respectively.

Her professional experience includes work with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Defend Oregon, and Bark. At Wyoming Outdoor Council her rural organizing experience was crucial in a campaign protecting parts of Wyoming’s Red Desert and the Great Divide from irresponsible oil and gas development. Tova coordinated a Good Neighbor Agreement for another Western Organization of Resource Councils affiliate, Northern Plains Resource Council.

As a Montana native, from a young age Tova has had a strong passion for conservation, running recycling program for 2,000 students at her high school, speaking at events, painting murals and more. She has traveled internationally, creating promotional material as a volunteer for indigenous run programs. At Oregon Rural Action Tova focuses on bringing people together and providing support and tools to members wanting to create solutions to issues of common interest. Email Tova at tova.creative@gmail.com