Patty Katz is the Portland/Metro Organizer for Oregon Action, a statewide, multi-racial community organization dedicated to social justice. As a formerly incarcerated woman, she brings a wealth of experience to her work relating to reentry and recovery from active addiction. Patty led two successful Ban the Box Campaigns in Oregon in 2006 and 2007. Today she is working with the Oregon AFL- CIO and the Urban League on city- and state-wide campaigns for the 2015 legislative session. Patty currently serves on the Governor’s Reentry Council and is on the boards of directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, Oregon CURE, and Bridges to Change.
She is a founder of the Hands Across the Bridge Project whose mission is to provide leadership development for the recovering and reentry communities. Each year thousands of people from Oregon and Washington come together and join hands across the state lines to celebrate the courage it takes to fight addiction and the freedom and hope that come with recovery.