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Samantha Shepherd, MA, Executive Director


Samantha joined CCO Oregon as the Executive Director in September 2017 with over a decade of experience helping nonprofit, government, health, and political organizations meet their goals and plan what’s next. She has advocated, implemented, and evaluated policies and programs targeted at transforming the health care system, understanding social determinants of health, building sustainable programs, and eliminating health disparities. She brings particular expertise in organizational development, strategic communications, and goal-based planning.

Committed to identifying community-based strategies that can improve overall population health, Samantha is a passionate health advocate. From 2010 to 2013, Samantha worked with the State of Oregon on health reform outreach and engagement programs. She ensured that local organizations had training and resources across Oregon to meet the needs of the program and the particular needs of each community. Since then, her experience has benefitted hospital systems, nonprofits, research firms, and coalitions of diverse stakeholders as a consultant and team member.

Prior to Portland, Samantha lived in Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned a Masters in Applied Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University with research conducted in health education at Planned Parenthood. Her Bachelors is from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in Cultural Anthropology and Feminist Theory.

She currently volunteers in her neighborhood of St. Johns and at the Oregon Humane Society. She has also served on many advocacy boards and workgroups, including the Oregon School Based Health Care Association and the Oregon Women's Campaign School. In her spare time, she is likely hiking, playing in a river, planning a road trip, laughing loudly, or seeing live music.

Sara Love, ND, Policy Director


Sara Love joined CCO Oregon in September 2014. She has a variety of experiences working in healthcare including practicing as a Naturopathic Physician, and has spent many years as a Certified Pharmacy Technician both in Oregon and abroad in the United Kingdom in a variety of settings.

Dr. Love is passionate about healthcare transformation and how it impacts the health of the residents of Oregon. She has been a member of the Oregon Immunization Policy Advisory Team, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission, and Integrative Medicine Advisory Group. While working in direct patient care she led the clinic to achievement of PCPCH-Tier 3 status.

Dr. Love is an Oklahoma native who received her Bachelors of Liberal Arts from University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.

In her free time, she enjoys trail running, hiking, camping, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

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