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As City Commissioner for Portland Council in District 3, Tiffany Koyama Lane will bring her values and leadership to lift up all Portland communities and fight for a safe, connected, housed city where everyone can thrive.

Tiffany’s union work happens alongside her teaching, and she has been frequently recognized for her excellence in the classroom, where she fosters an atmosphere of trust, safety, and respect. She was a 2022 recipient of the “Teachers Rock Award” and a 2023 OnPoint Educator of the Year runner-up, receiving a cash prize and additional funds for her school. She is an active member of the Social Studies Advisors on Instructional Resources Committee, a Teachers of Color affinity space member, and a mentor for new BIPOC educators. She is on the Teachers Advisory Council of the Portland Art Museum, and is a founding member of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon’s Education Advisory Board. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Japanese American Citizens League to research and develop nuanced elementary school curricula around the Japanese American and AAPI experience.

A group of teachers and students supporting the teacher's union
Teacher Tiffany planning with a group of volunteers

Tiffany got the nickname “Teacher Tiffany” during the Measure 26-214 Preschool for All ballot initiative process, which won universal preschool for every three- and four-year-old in Multnomah County in 2020. Teacher Tiffany was a highly visible member of the process that led to Preschool for All appearing on the ballot—personally securing more than 1,000 signatures to bring the measure before voters. She spent hours canvassing, often with her young kids playing next to her, sharing why preschool matters for families and communities and gaining Portlanders’ trust in this groundbreaking ballot measure.

Tiffany Koyama Lane is a proud union leader in the Portland Association of Teachers, where she has served as both Lead External Organizer and as a member of the Bargaining Steering Committee. As a union leader, Teacher Tiffany is united with all Portland teachers in their fight for safe classrooms and school buildings, smaller class sizes, and smaller caseloads for school social workers and other specialists. Teacher Tiffany celebrates the power of collective action and is in solidarity with every Portland worker fighting for better conditions and fair pay.

Teachers Rock!
A diverse crowd taking part in a Black Lives Matter march

As Yonsei, a fourth-generation Japanese American, anti-racism is one of Teacher Tiffany’s core values. Teacher Tiffany supported a child who started the Kid-Centered March for Black Lives, a youth-led series of marches and events that took place in the summers of 2020 and 2021. In all, the marches brought in over dozens different Black speakers, performers, and vendors, and activated thousands of people across Portland. She is a founder and administrator of Raising Anti-racist Kids PDX community group, which shares resources for parents and kids around anti-racism and equity.


Teacher Tiffany for the People
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd PMB 634
Portland, OR 97214-5246

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