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The Art Institute of Portland Announces Jules Bailey as Commencement Speaker

By: Deb Belluomini

July 6, 2016

The Art Institute of Portland is pleased to announce that Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey, a Portland native, will serve as the school’s commencement speaker on June 17, 2016.

As a County Commissioner, Bailey has been an advocate for Portland's most vulnerable residents, working on housing and homelessness, crisis mental health services, and public safety reform. He was elected to represent District 1 in 2014. A champion for equity, Bailey addresses radical disparities, racial injustices, gender discrimination, the lack of family-friendly services, and the wage gap. He also has continued his work on LGBTQ equality, especially in health care equity for the transgender community.

Bailey was part of the first-ever bill to bring all Oregon tax credits up for review. He gathered bipartisan support to help thousands of homeowners to upgrade their homes for comfort and energy efficiency. Bailey also supported the High Performance Schools bill, which helped Oregon schools to modernize their buildings and reduce costs.

Bailey’s goals include cutting costs and saving the county money. He is also working on solutions to poverty, homelessness, and mental illness, and for healthy communities, better schools, and safer streets.

Prior to his election as County Commissioner, Bailey was elected to three terms as a State Representative from Oregon House District 42.

By: Deb Belluomini

July 6, 2016