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Martha Pellegrino ’05

Director of government relations for the City of Portland, overseeing the city’s federal, state, and local lobbying activities

Martha PellegrinoMartha Pellegrino decided to pursue law while she was working for the Center for Teen Empowerment in Boston, Mass.— an organization that hires and trains inner-city teens to be community organizers —after recognizing institutional, governmental barriers that made it difficult for the teens to succeed.

“I thought that going to law school would help me better understand how the systems worked for the benefit of some people and to the detriment of others,” said Pellegrino.

Now, as director of government relations for the city of Portland, Pellegrino oversees the city’s federal, state and local lobbying activities, and has the opportunity to be an advocate for the public in the political environment on various legislative issues. Previously, she represented the City of Portland at the state legislature where she was responsible for advancing the City’s legislative agenda.

While at Oregon Law, Pellegrino served on the student committee for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). She continued to serve on the program’s Advisory Board following graduation.

“To this day, I’ve stayed involved [in Oregon Law] because I want to ensure that students in every class have the opportunity to do public interest work for a few years and get help paying off their loans,” said Pellegrino.

She was also involved with Outlaws, the Women’s Law Forum, Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund, the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation as well as the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics during her time at Oregon Law.