Margaret Carter | Mistress of Ceremonies

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January 5, 2012 · by Events Team · 2012 Gala

In 1984, Margaret Carter became the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon State Legislature.  She served in the Oregon House for seven terms, during which time she helped to create a permanent state Head Start Program and advocated for Portland Public Schools and emerging, minority and women-owned and run businesses.  In 2000, she was elected to her first term in the Oregon Senate, and in January 2005 as the Senate President Pro Tempore.

Senator Carter joined the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) in 2009.  In her latest role as Director for Community Engagement Margaret Carter is charged with expanding DHS’s outreach with in the community and to reduce the over-representation of minority children in Oregon’s child welfare system.  She works tirelessly to ensure that there is no loss of focus or attention to children, seniors, families and people with disabilities who count on us for services.

Though she has won many awards, including the Elliot Human Rights Award, Legislator of the Year by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and the Jeannette Rankin First Woman Award, her proudest accomplishment is her family, which boasts 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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