After a decade of tireless advocacy for Oregon students and families at Stand for Children, Toya Fick will be departing from her role as executive director in late Summer of 2022. Toya has been the leading force in not only shaping Stand for Children Oregon’s advocacy within racial justice and education, but in building a brighter Oregon and clearing pathways for our students and families. 

A passionate and thoughtful leader, she has championed efforts on Stand’s behalf that have brought historic funding investments for Oregon students, particularly targeting historically marginalized students and families. 

Her accomplishments have been wide-ranging and have impacted students across the state. They include: 

  • Leading the charge on drafting, passing, and securing funding for Measure 98, securing over $750 million for high schools to date. Since its implementation, an additional 2,000 students have graduated from high school.
  • Advocating for the passage of the historic Student Success Act, bringing $1 billion to Oregon schools each year. 
  • Supporting countless legislators and school board members in their elections and subsequent efforts to improve Oregon’s education system.
  • Championing House Bill 2001 which will allow Oregon to continue making critical progress towards diversity and representation in our schools.
  • Working to secure funds for the state to do a study on whether the spending pattern of the State School Fund – our largest funding source – results in disparities between students who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and those who are not BIPOC students.
  • Expanding Stand for Children Oregon’s focus to racial justice so that we can advocate for students while they are within and outside the classroom.

Toya’s leadership and vision will be greatly missed by the staff, leaders, members, and board at Stand for Children. We are eager to follow her journey and watch her continue to make an impact for Oregonians at her next role as Chief Executive Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. 

In her ten years with Stand for Children Oregon, the last seven as Executive Director, Toya Fick enabled Stand Oregon to achieve a level of impact that many non-profit organizations aspire to but few achieve. She is a leader and collaborator of the highest caliber. I know I speak for all of my colleagues, our active volunteers, and our supporters, in expressing a heartfelt ‘thank you!’ to Toya for the vision, skill, hard work, and persistence that led to a host of accomplishments, most notably including the passage and full funding of Measure 98.” – Jonah Edelman, Executive Officer, Stand for Children

The board is incredibly grateful for the passionate and innovative leadership Toya has provided to Stand for Children Oregon. We are excited for her both personally and professionally as she will continue to advocate for equity issues that impact Oregonians at Meyer Memorial Trust. We wish Toya all the best and look forward to this next exciting endeavor.” – Kirsten Brady, Board Chair, Stand for Children Oregon

Stand for Children Oregon will conduct our search for our next executive director over the coming months. We look forward to building on Toya’s work as we continue our mission as a unique catalyst for education equity and racial justice, to create a brighter future for us all.

The Stand for Children Salem chapter is excited to announce our endorsement for Representative Andrea Salinas for Congressional District 6. 

Congressional District 6, a new district in Oregon, encompases Polk and Yamhill County in addition to parts of Marion, Clackamas, and Washington County. 

Our endorsement committee, made up of parents, students, and long time stand members, felt Representative Andrea Salinas (HD 38) was best fitted to represent our district. Andrea Salinas has been a champion for education equity in Oregon by working with Stand to pass the Student Success Act. Representative Andrea Salinas has also been an advocate for BIPOC communities in Oregon, most recently helping pass the Farmworker overtime bill. Throughout her years in the Oregon legislature, she has clearly demonstrated a passion to help students and families and an ability to get things done for all Oregonians. 

Grecia Gomez, a fellow with Stand and a student at Chemeketa Community College, shared “I believe Andrea Salinas is the person that truly represents every community member throughout our district. She is aware and acknowledges the injustice that minorities go through and is determined to change that for each individual as she has done in the past in the Oregon legislature.”

Mayra Romero, a parent leader in Salem, shared, “Para mi Andrea Salinas es una gran líder que nos puede representar haciendo un excelente trabajo con toda su experiencia y gran habilidad para poder solucionar los problemas.” “For me, Andrea Salinas is a great leader who can represent us by doing an excellent job with all her experience and great ability to solve problems.”

We are beyond thrilled to endorse Andrea Salinas and look forward to partnering with her to support kids in Oregon through the national legislature. 

We hope you all can join us in supporting Representative Andrea Salinas by turning in your ballot on May 17 for the primary election. And again on November 8th for the general election. 

The 2022 Legislative Session is officially over. We’re proud to say that with your support, three of our priority bills are on their way to Governor Brown’s desk where they will be signed into law.  

We’re grateful to you for your advocacy and to the many lawmakers who supported these important bills that will set Oregonians up for a brighter and more equitable future. Oregonians will soon have improved access to tax assistance to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, wildfire impacted districts will have stable education funding and leadership from superintendents will be more stable for students and families. 

Will you join us in thanking the lawmakers who voted yes on these critical bills?

We’re proud to share that Stand for Children has endorsed Tina Kotek for Governor. An advocate for equity and racial justice in education and beyond, Tina has the experience and vision to lead Oregon.

As House Speaker, Tina worked as a tireless champion for our students and families. She was critical in the passing of Measure 98, which has contributed to a record 6-point increase in graduation rates since its implementation, with students of color and low-income students making the biggest gains.

Most recently, Tina sponsored House Bill 2001, which brings equity to our schools by ensuring teachers across Oregon with cultural or linguistic expertise will be kept from being disproportionately affected by layoffs.  

Our endorsement committee, made up of advocates like you – students, parents, educators, and community leaders – unanimously agreed that Tina Kotek is the leader Oregon needs. Learn more about our endorsement process.