Anat Shenker-Osorio, Founder and Principal, ASO Communications

Founder and Principal of ASO Communications, Anat Shenker-Osorio examines why certain messages falter where others deliver. She's led research for new messaging on issues ranging from freedom to join together in union to clean energy and from immigrant rights to reforming criminal justice. Anat's original approach through priming experiments, task-based testing and online dial surveys has led to progressive electoral and policy victories across the globe.

Anat delivers her findings packed in snark at venues such as the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Centre for Australian Progress, Irish Migrant Centre, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation and LUSH International.

Her writing and research is profiled in The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Salon, The Guardian and Grist among others.

Lebaron Sims, Senior Research Manager, Prosperity Now

Lebaron Sims is Senior Research Manager at Prosperity Now. As a member of the Applied Research team, Mr. Sims is one of the leads on the Prosperity Now Scorecard, providing data analysis, visualization and writing support for the initiative. He also provides analysis for Prosperity Now policy and programs teams, and for the Assets and Opportunity Network. Previously, Mr. Sims was a Research Associate at LISC MetroEdge in Chicago, IL, where he provided technical support, analysis and data visualization for local economic development initiatives in cities across the country. Mr. Sims holds an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Fresno.

Steve van Eck, Researcher, Multnomah Idea Lab

Steve van Eck was a co-founder of the Multnomah Idea Lab, a center for innovation located inside the Department for County Human Services. He is the former Deputy Director of the contemporary art center, Yale Union, and a researcher at the Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Community Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s in Community Development and a Master’s degree in Urban Economics from Portland State University.

Mary Li, Multnomah Idea Lab

Mary Li is the Director of the MIL (Multnomah Idea Lab) at the Dept of Co Human Svcs. Mary has worked for the County since 1990, and describes herself as a proud bureaucrat! She believes that it's an absolute responsibility for government to address the role that policies, practices, and investments have played in creating the inequities experienced by our communities today. By intentionally centering race in our work, we can take action that makes a difference in the journey towards justice.


Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 30-year history of achieving impacts throughout Oregon’s communities. We are recognized for our leadership in policy and program design, advocacy, and program management. We work with organizations, foundations, jurisdictions, trade associations, and individuals who are committed to improving life for all Oregonians. We are the manager of the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative, the convener of the Oregon Asset Building Coalition, and the convener of the Housing Alliance.