Vanessa Nordyke

Vanessa Nordyke

Vanessa Nordyke
Salem City Councilor Ward 7 Candidate

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Occupation: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice

Occupational Background:

  • Clerk – Ranch Records
  • Intern – U.S Senator Ron Wyden
  • Research Specialist – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
  • Intern – Oregon Court of Appeals

Educational Background

  • High School Diploma – South Salem High School
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • JD- University of Oregon School of Law

Born and raised in Salem, I started volunteering when I was 13 years old. I’ve prepared myself for the challenges facing the city through decades of service to my community.”

My Community Service:

  • Past President – Oregon State Bar
  • Co-Founder – Marion County Veterans Treatment Court
  • Outstanding Mentor Award – Willamette University College of Law
  • YMCA Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Salem
  • Marion County Sherriff’s Citizen Advisory Committee

My priorities:

  • Coronaivrus Response: -follow state and national protocols to reduce contagion, aid vulnerable populations, and work with state and federal partners to support financial assistance to individuals and businesses
  • Homelessness: – redirect people from living on the streets to accessing shelter, services and jobs
  • Climate Action – reduce emissions, create jobs and plant trees through a Climate Action Plan
  • Parks, Bike Paths, and Walkable Neighborhoods – expand parks and paths for everyone
  • Affordable Housing – incentivize affordable housing
  • Mental Health Awareness – collaborate with the County and the State to address a growing problem in our city
  • Youth Engagement – promote mentoring and add youth to City boards to create the next generation of leaders
  • Performance Auditing of City Programs – add accountability and oversight of taxpayer dollars


  • Former Salem Councilor Sally Cook
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Young Democrats of Oregon
  • SEIU Local 503
  • Salem City Councilor Jackie Leung
  • Salem City Councilor Chris Hoy
  • Salem City Councilor Matt Ausec
  • Salem City Councilor Cara Kaser
  • Oregon State Representative Paul Evans
  • Oregon State Representative Brian Clem