Tera Hurst lives in the Sunnyside neighborhood of SE Portland with her son Elliott, two dogs and one hedgehog.
Tera moved to Portland when she was looking for a supportive, forward-looking place to raise her son and get a fresh start. Tera is proud to be in long-term recovery from alcoholism and addiction.
After putting down roots in Portland, Tera completed her degree in Social Work at Portland State University and started a career in political and community organizing.
She first worked as an organizer with Basic Rights Oregon, fighting to pass Marriage Equality in Oregon. Tera then worked in the State Legislature and later served as Chief of Staff to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
In recent years, Tera was tapped to be Executive Director of Renew Oregon, a leading advocacy group working toward a clean energy future for our state
Under her leadership, Renew Oregon has pushed for tougher clean energy standards, more clean energy jobs and moving Oregon to 100% clean energy. Last year, Tera successfully helped steer the sweeping Clean Energy Jobs Act (HB2020) through the Oregon State House—a law that would have put Oregon firmly at the forefront of national efforts combat climate change.
Its passage in the State House prompted Republican Senators to flee the state rather than confront our looming climate crisis.
Tera previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), was on the founding committee of Oregon Recovers, and volunteers her time serving on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.
She recently ran the Portland half marathon and in her spare time enjoys hiking around Oregon with her son.