Catherine McMullen is a voter-focused elections administrator, a lifelong public servant, a proud union member, a champion for voting rights, a community leader, a wife, and a mother. Catherine and her partner Michael have chosen to make Oregon their home, and are raising their two children in West Linn, in the historic Willamette neighborhood.
Catherine is the oldest of three girls, raised in rural northern California by parents who were entrepreneurs and worked in agriculture, drilling water wells; neither of whom went to college. Catherine has a B.A. from U.C. Davis, a Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from University of Washington, and in 2019 received an Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA) from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She also holds certification from the Oregon Association of County Clerks (OACC) as a Certified Elections Administrator (CEA).
Catherine McMullen is a program specialist senior for Multnomah County Elections and has been an elections administrator since 2015. She began her public service career more than 17 years ago as a public librarian. Catherine started, developed, and fought for the award-winning Voter Education and Outreach Program in 2015, the only local government program of its kind in the state of Oregon. Catherine’s new voter engagement effort Clackamas Voice has a primary goal of eliminating barriers to voter access and participation, increasing voter education and transparency in elections processes, and bringing more diverse voices to local-decision making in Clackamas County.
Catherine is an active member of the West Linn Alliance for Inclusion and is focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in her personal and professional life. Catherine created the Voter Language Access Program in Portland; hiring bilingual election workers, working in partnership with language communities, and producing resources and information in multiple languages for voters. Catherine also supports women candidates in Haiti, through the Haiti Democracy Project. Catherine and her spouse, Michael have a passion project, Children at Nature Play that celebrates the right of all children to play in nature, and all families to be welcome in outdoor spaces without prejudice. Catherine and Michael’s youngest child is autistic and spending time in Oregon’s natural spaces rejuvenates and brings the family together.