About Us

The following are the civic minded individuals who have joined together to offer their experiences and services to help increase informed participation in the democratic process.

 
Ellen Klaastad
Operations & Compliance Officer

Ellen Miyo Ino-Klaastad - "All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."  ~Buddha

Ellen Miyo Ino-Klaastad has brought together members of different parties and independents to work for both social change and candidates that would help working class people and the issues that concern them. She is a sought after contributor to political and union groups because of both her clerical and community organizing skills. It is this ability to find common cause with people of all backgrounds that have allowed her to achieve a great deal for the community and the people of Oregon.

Because of her appreciation for detail, Ellen identifies talent, recruits, mentors and trains those staffers and future leaders that appreciate her value of accuracy and hard work. Her experience has been in positions ranging from union and Democratic Party officer, state worker, friend and trusted counselor. It is in these roles she has gained insight into Law, Politics, Libraries, Unions, Insurance, City Government, County Government and Legislative affairs. She brings this “hands on” mindset to the operations and compliance needs of Forward Support candidates.

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GPG Key - 2B885AFC

Phone - +1 (503) 960-3720
Skype - ellen.miyo.ino

Jim Robison
Business Manager

Jim Robison - "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but inform their discretion."  ~Thomas Jefferson

Jim Robison has managed Democratic campaigns, progressive non-profits and public projects as well as having provided computer consulting. As a result, he has become especially skilled at marshaling scarce resources in an effective manner. These experiences have left him with an unequaled grasp of priority and the value of candor. Having been involved in Democratic campaigns as a volunteer, staffer, consultant, manager and candidate provides Forward Support clients with unparalleled leadership.

Jim is actively engaged in helping others develop both on an individual and organizational level. He served simultaneously as President of the oldest Toastmasters Club in Oregon (Portland Toastmasters) and at the time the newest Toastmasters Club in Oregon (Portland Progressives Toastmasters). Jim also served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County from 2000 to 2004, leading the organization in a crucial time in its development.

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GPG Key - 45AEF8A1

Phone - +1 (503) 285-4805
Skype - jim.robison

Jenni Simonis
Internet Presence Manager

Jenni Simonis - "Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?" --Lane Kirkland

Jenni Simonis has two decades experience working with Democratic campaigns in roles ranging from field director and campaign manager to candidate. Since 1996 her work has included creating an online presence for non-profits and Democratic Candidates. She has built and improved sites for dozens of campaigns and non-profits, including Novick for U.S. Senate, Nick Fish for Portland City Council, the Democratic Party of Oregon, and Arts for L.A.

What is expressed by her long history of contribution is Jenni’s passion for increasing participation in civic and community action through advocacy, volunteerism, and education. She is dedicated to facilitating campaigns, community groups, and non-profits use of the Internet and advanced communication media to keep people informed and active. Through almost two decades of community involvement, she has learned a lot about community and political action that has informed her ability to shape effective online activism.

I am the owner of a web development business called Nu-Look Media.

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Portfolio of work

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GPG Key - 854E65D3

Phone - +1 (503) 875-1049
Skype - jenni.simonis

Please note: We do not outsource our work to India or other countries. Please do not contact us with requests to do so.