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

Henry Kantor

Henry Kantor

Chair

Founding Board Member

Justin Baxter

Justin Baxter

Secretary

Founding Board Member

Emily Reiman

Emily Reiman

Treasurer

Founding Board Member

Jenny Pool Radway

Jenny Pool Radway

Board Member

Katrina Holland

Katrina Holland

Board Member

Sayer Jones

Sayer Jones

Finance Committee Chair

Board Member

Sybil Hebb

Sybil Hebb

Board Member

Se-ah-dom Edmo

Se-ah-dom Edmo

Board Member

Staff

Robin Wang

Robin Wang

Interim Executive Director

Lester Thompson

Lester Thompson

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Janet Byrd

Janet Byrd

Interim Policy and Community Strategist

Chris Coughlin

Chris Coughlin

Policy and Legislative Lead

Joséluis Jiménez Maldonado

Joséluis Jiménez Maldonado

Community Mobilization Manager

ReJeana Orr

ReJeana Orr

Executive Assistant and Administrator

Financials