Our Team

Student Leadership

Addie Cooper // State Board Chair

Addie Cooper is the current chapter chair for OSPIRG’s statewide board. She is a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in education and minoring in sociology. Addie joined OSPIRG during her freshman year because she connected with the campaigns, especially the environmental ones, and wanted to make a change while also working with and meeting many amazing people. Addie became the campaign coordinator for the lead campaign Beyond Plastics her sophomore year and helped pass a statewide ban on polystyrene. Outside of OSPIRG Addie coaches gymnastics and has a cat named Betty. After graduation, Addie plans on becoming a kindergarten teacher and incorporating the skills she has learned at UO into her classroom.

Prissila Moreno // State Board Vice Chair

Prissila Moreno is the current vice chair for OSPIRG’s statewide board. She is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in political science and minoring in legal studies. She joined OSPIRG during her freshman year because of her passion for environmental activism and loved the work being done to pass a statewide ban of polystyrene. Outside of OSPIRG, she trains to run marathons and loves anything wellness related! After graduation, Prissila plans on attending law school to pursue a career in the legal field.

Rylie Butler // State Board Treasurer

Rylie Butler is the current treasurer for OSPIRG’s Statewide board. She is a sophomore at Oregon State University majoring in environmental science. She joined OSPIRG her freshman year at the University of Oregon because she was interested in the policy aspect of environmental issues and wanted to make a change in her community. Outside of OSPIRG, Rylie works as a barista and is in a book club. After graduation, Rylie plans to further her education in environmental law and apply her leadership skills towards the fight against pollution.

Ellie Shatto // State Board Secretary

Ellie Shatto is the current secretary for OSPIRG’s Statewide board. She is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in biology and minoring in PPPM. She joined OSPIRG during her freshman year because the campaign issues were important to her and it was a way to make a meaningful contribution on and off of campus. Outside of OSPIRG Ellie likes doing crafts, playing the piano, and kayaking. After graduation, Ellie hopes to work in wildlife rehabilitation.

Amelia Fiore // Social Media Coordinator

Amelia Fiore is the current Social Media Coordinator for OSPIRG’s Statewide board. She is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism. She joined OSPIRG her freshman year because she felt the group had a certain dedication and passion for important causes that she wanted to become involved with. Outside of OSPIRG, Amelia likes to read, write, and watch horror movies. After graduation, Amelia plans on becoming involved with producing news or movies and TV while spreading the message of compassion and justice that she’s learned through OSPIRG.

Olivia Heffernan // Campus Relations Representative

Olivia Heffernan is the current campus relations representative for OSPIRG’s Statewide board. She is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in English with a minor in Legal Studies. She joined OSPIRG her freshman on a recommendation from a friend and quickly felt at home in the community. Outside of OSPIRG, Olivia likes to read, write, and work with animals. After graduation, Olivia hopes to find her place in the literature world and adopt a dog.

Our Staff

Sophia Pascente  //  Campus Organizer

Sophia works to recruit, train, and mobilize students across the states of Oregon on public interest issues. Prior to joining the campus team, she worked as a Green Corps organizer in the class of 2023. Sophia lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she can be found hiking, biking along the Willamette, and cheering on Kansas sports teams.

Andy MacDonald  //  Organizing Director

Andy manages staff, training, volunteer programs, and campaign strategy for OSPIRG. For decades, Andy has maintained a funding base for PIRG student chapters, built a pipeline for students and staff to become lifelong activists, and been a part of a variety of social change campaigns. He has held numerous positions within the Public Interest Network, including regional director and assistant national summer canvass director for Fund for the Public Interest. Andy enjoys all outdoor sports, especially running.

Charlie Fisher  //  Executive Director

Charlie directs OSPIRG’s campaigns to rein in the cost of health care, get big money out of politics and stand up for consumers. In a previous advocacy role with Environment Oregon, Charlie was part of successful efforts to increase Oregon’s clean energy commitments and get the state off coal. Charlie’s work has earned coverage in the Oregonian and other local and regional news outlets around Oregon. Charlie lives in Portland, Ore., where he enjoys bike rides along the Springwater Corridor and the city’s local music and food scenes.