Toya Fick

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Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Toya Fick is executive director of Stand for Children Oregon. Toya was born and raised in central Louisiana. She was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from the University of Chicago with degree in political science.

Toya began her career as a teacher, first at Prescott Middle school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Teach For America, and then at KIPP D.C. AIM Academy in Washington, DC. She also served as a policy advisor to former Senator Hillary Clinton, authoring three education bills, and then worked on education policy with the Alliance for Excellent Education.

When the opportunity arose to move to her husband’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, Toya jumped at it. Upon moving to Portland, she served as OHSU’s associate director of local and federal relations. After a few years in that role, her passion for education led her to join Stand for Children Oregon as the government affairs director. She quickly established herself as a respected advocate in Salem and as a leader within the organization. In June 2014, she was tapped to serve as Stand Oregon’s Executive Director.

Toya lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and two young children. She is very involved in her community, serving on the City Club of Portland, Oregon Food Bank, and Mt. Hood Regulatory Commission boards.

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