About OCJ

Oregon Consumer Justice is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace. We advance the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education, and engagement. We work to bring consumer justice into balance for all Oregonians.

OCJ Story

A Cy Pres award distributes unclaimed class action settlement money to a charitable organization and is how OCJ came to be.

In March 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed her first bill into law. Prior to House Bill 2700, companies that lost class action lawsuits were allowed to keep unclaimed settlement money as their own. Bill 2700 changed that in mandating unclaimed funds be used to the benefit of consumers, not the corporations that harmed them.

The law was applied for the first time in 2019 in class action lawsuit Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products LLC. Judge Jerome LaBarre directed that unclaimed funds from the class action lawsuit be used to establish a consumer advocacy non-profit organization. Three board members were named to lead its design.

Board of Directors

Named by Judge Jerome LaBarre in 2019, the OCJ Founding Board is growing to include other leaders committed to creating a more just and equitable Oregon and will reflect the diversity of people and issues it aims to help.
Henry Kantor

Henry Kantor

Chair

Founding Board Member

Justin Baxter

Justin Baxter

Secretary

Founding Board Member

Emily Reiman

Emily Reiman

Treasurer

Founding Board Member

Startup Staff

In 2020, OCJ hired ASCETA to deliver and launch a strategy advancing an equitable and sustainable system of consumer justice in Oregon. ASCETA engaged, listened and learned from experts working in and towards consumer justice throughout Oregon to identify gaps and opportunities, develop programs and organizational capacity, and is leading recruitment of the OCJ Board of Directors, Advisors and Staff.
Sophia Tzeng

Sophia Tzeng

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Tia Coachman

Tia Coachman

Interim Chief People Officer

Debbie Carter

Debbie Carter

Interim Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Lindsay

Emily Lindsay

Interim Project Manager and Administrator

Working towards consumer justice

Oregon Consumer Justice is looking for people committed to creating a more just and equitable Oregon. If you think you may be that person, join our team.