Meet Commissioner Rubio's Team

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Commissioner Rubio, with the support of her team, oversees Portland Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Office for Community Technology, and the Office of Equity and Human Right. They also have liaison responsibilities to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland’s Centers for the Arts, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Portland Community Media, the League of Oregon Cities and the Metro Policy Advisory Committee.

Jillian Schoene, Chief of Staff (she/her/hers)

Jillian Schoene

Jillian Schoene is a former executive director, political consultant, and communications professional who, for more than 20 years, has worked with Oregon elected officials at every level of government. She holds a deep respect for all who choose to serve in elected office and enjoys assisting them in achieving success for their constituencies and communities.  

Immediately prior to her work at city hall, Jillian focused solely on advancing women’s elected leadership across Oregon. For eight years, she ran a nonprofit that recruited and trained women to run for elected office. She has trained and mentored hundreds of women and many went on to run for school boards, city councils, county commissions, and the state legislature.  

It was within this space – women mentoring women – that Jillian first met Commissioner Rubio. She is honored to lead the team of an elected official who has dedicated her career in service to others, as a public servant and community leader.  

Jillian lives in NE Portland with her son, a seven-year-old second grader enrolled at Rose City Park Elementary School.

Contact: jillian.schoene@portlandoregon…; 503-865-6823

Megan Beyer, Senior Policy Advisor (she/her/hers)

Portfolio: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Office for Community Technology

Bio and headshot coming soon

Stephan Herrera, Senior Policy Advisor (he/him/his)

Stephan Herrera

Portfolio: Parks and Recreation, Office of Equity and Human Rights, Arts and Culture, Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission

Stephan brings over 20 years of experience cultivating strategic partnerships between BIPOC communities, nonprofits, and foundations in Portland and across Oregon. Before joining Commissioner Rubio’s team, Stephan worked as a non-profit consultant, project manager, and arts organizer for two years.

Prior to launching his consulting practice, Stephan served as a program officer at the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and led Seeding Justice’s (formerly MRG Foundation) Capacity Building Initiative, a $1.5 million pilot project in partnership with the Meyer Memorial Trust, providing capacity building assistance and multi-year financial support to grassroots social justice organizations. Prior to his philanthropic tenure, Stephan worked in a variety of non-profit capacities - from direct service to community organizing, leadership development and health equity policy advocacy.

Stephan also founded Portland Black Pride (PBP), the first culturally specific LGBTQIA Pride in the Northwest. PBP helped to lay the groundwork for other culturally specific LGBTQIA Prides in the city and the region.

An avid lover of contemporary art, Stephan currently sits on the board of The Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Arts Council and Converge 45.

When not working, Stephan enjoys hikes with Roscoe (his dog) at Mt. Tabor (his favorite city park), food and story sharing with friends and community, and travels with his husband.

Contact:; 503-865-6672

MeeSeon Kwon, Executive Assistant (she/her/hers)

MeeSeon Kwon

MeeSeon is Commissioner Rubio’s Executive Assistant, responsible for coordinating and managing the Commissioner’s calendar and meeting requests. She is thrilled to support Commissioner Rubio, her team, and community members.

For the past decade, MeeSeon has worked in various capacities in federal, state, and local government, political campaigns, and community organizing and advocacy. She has held policy advising roles for congressional, state, and county legislators, and previously directed outreach efforts in Washington County for Unite Oregon. Most recently, MeeSeon served as an executive assistant and policy advisor to former Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

MeeSeon is committed to supporting efforts to advance racial and social justice and helping ensure institutions serve their communities. Her volunteerism has involved court-appointed advocacy for children in foster care, crisis support for survivors of sexual assault and violence, and service on nonprofit boards and state commissions. MeeSeon graduated with a degree in Political Science from Portland State University’s Honors College. In her free time, she loves being an aunt, spending as much time as she can outdoors, and getting back to drawing.

Contact: meeseon.c.kwon@portlandoregon.g…; 503-823-4124

Julian Hanlon-Austin, Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator (he/him/his)

Julian Hanlon-Austin

Julian is the Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator for Commissioner Rubio. Previously, he spent three years working as the Constituent Relations and Communications Manager for Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran. At the county, Julian tracked all constituent communications and focused on community engagement. He served as the commissioner's diversity, equity and inclusion liaison, and also was the point person for events connected to the office. He is proud of his work improving the safety net for underserved populations, which was best exemplified by his work organizing a Youth Mental Health Outreach Summit attended by more than 200 students from all over Portland.

Julian grew up in Northeast Portland, and attended Grant High School, where he was an award-winning journalist on the school's news magazine. He also played soccer, basketball and track. He went to Willamette University in Salem, where he studied politics and played varsity soccer. He has participated in a variety of internships, including working with UPD Consulting (Baltimore), Future Leaders in Action (New York City), and the communications team for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. In the governor's office, he was responsible for writing speeches, organizing social media, and handling photography and web content. All three internship experiences paved the way for his desire to work in local government. His goal? To help instill a desire to make the City of Portland a better place for all, regardless of your background, culture, race, or heritage.

He continues to live in Northeast Portland with his mini-dachshund, Edna.

Contact: julian.hanlon-austin@portlandor…; 503-865-6668