Name: Diane Goodwin
Campaign role: Field Director for Obama for America - Oregon
Hometown: Grew up in Park Forest, Illinois; Portland, Oregon is now my home
Organizing in: Oregon
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I’m Field Director for Oregon, which means I oversee the field program for a small and mighty team in a light blue state. We’re working tirelessly to lock down Oregon and take it off the map by building approximately 100 neighborhood teams.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
In November I had a one on one meeting with Brandyn Keating, Oregon State Director, who explained that the campaign had adopted the neighborhood team model nationwide. I was in! I loved the idea of building a team in my community that would help re-elect the President and would be here the day after the election. Within two days I began phone banking other supporters in my Northeast Portland neighborhood. The team grew quickly and I was asked to be the Neighborhood Team Leader. Brandyn eventually asked that I take a leave of absence from my job to be the field director for the state. I said yes and now I have the honor of building neighborhood teams throughout Oregon.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
Coaching and training volunteers on how to turn their passion into an unstoppable volunteer force.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
Sharing my personal story every week in front of hundreds of people. I successfully avoided the spotlight in my previous jobs and now I am telling my personal story wherever I go.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
My friends and colleagues tell me I make the best margaritas.