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Frederick Boss, Deputy Attorney General
Fred is the deputy attorney general. He is responsible for daily operations and serves as a key advisor to the Attorney General. Fred has been with the department since 1994 and was the long time chief counsel of the Civil Enforcement Division. Prior to working for the Oregon DOJ, Fred was in private practice in Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas. Fred received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of San Diego. Fred also holds an LL.M., an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree, from the London School of Economics.
Art Ayre, Chief Financial Officer
Art is the chief financial officer for the Oregon Department of Justice. He is responsible for the agency’s budget, fiscal impact statements and performance measurements. He also coordinates the agency’s efforts for the Ways and Means, Emergency Board, and legislative information technology and audit committees. Art formerly worked for the Chief Financial Office of the Department of Administrative Services. He started his career with the State of Oregon in 1985 and spent the first 24 years working as a research analyst and economist for the Employment Department, the Economic Development Department and the Children’s Services Division. Art received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Kristina Edmunson, Communications Director
Kristina is the communications director for the Office of the Attorney General. She formerly served as the deputy communications director for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for the management of a full-service communications team and acted as the agency’s media spokesperson. Kristina started her career working for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and later for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Following the 2008 presidential election, Kristina was a spokeswoman for Consumers Union, the national nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Kristina earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, and an M.A. in intercultural communications from the University of Denver.
Joan Green, Executive Assistant & Scheduler to the Attorney General
Joan is the executive assistant and scheduler to the Attorney General. She works directly for the Attorney General and assists in the day-to-day operations of the office. Previously, Joan worked in the Trial Division of the Oregon DOJ, where she was the executive assistant to the chief trial counsel and deputy chief trial Counsel. She has also worked for the Oregon DOJ as a child support agent, enforcing administrative and court child support orders.
Kate Denison, Legislative Policy Analyst
Kate is a legislative policy analyst. She works closely with members of the Attorney General’s legislative team and attorneys throughout the DOJ to analyze and develop changes in Oregon law. Kate has served in various roles at the Oregon DOJ since 2006, providing support in legislative, constituent and public affairs, and as a paralegal, to former Attorneys General John Kroger and Hardy Myers. Most recently she served as Public Affairs Coordinator for the Charitable Activities Section. Before moving to Oregon Kate worked on the long-running political talk show, The McLaughlin Group in Washington, D.C. and in former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Press Office. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Henry Kantor, Special Counsel to the Attorney General
Henry joined the Oregon Department of Justice as Special Counsel to the Attorney General after more than 22 years as a state trial court judge, presiding over thousands of civil and criminal cases. Before he began public service as a judge, Henry was in private practice in Portland, specializing in complex civil litigation under the consumer, banking, antitrust and securities laws. Over the years, he served on (and chaired) the Oregon Council on Court Procedures and the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. Henry received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach & Education
Ellen is the director of consumer outreach and education for the Office of the Attorney General. Her mission is to prevent financial harm to Oregonians, especially older adults, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students with large education-related debts. Previously, Ellen worked at the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for research, policy development, advocacy, education and training. Ellen received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Aaron Knott, Legislative Director
Aaron is the legislative director for the Office of the Attorney General. Previously, he served six years as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County. Aaron also served as committee counsel for the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committees during the 2011 legislative session. He has worked as an attorney in private practice and for MercyCorps. Aaron obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law.
Michael Kron, Special Counsel to the Attorney General
Michael serves as special counsel to the Attorney General. He advises the Attorney General on a variety of legal issues. Previously, Michael practiced law in Juneau, Alaska with a focus on education and civil defense, and was a regular contributor to the Juneau public radio station. Michael graduated from the University of Oregon magna cum laude and received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and awarded a Hamilton Fellowship. Michael also holds a M.A. in English literature from New York University.
Kamala Shugar, Special Counsel to the Attorney General
Kamala H. Shugar serves as special counsel to the Attorney General. Kamala advises the Attorney General on a variety of legal issues, and assists with external communications. Before joining the AG’s office, she was an assistant attorney in charge in the Oregon DOJ's Child Advocacy Section, for 11 years. In that role, she supervised a team of 10 attorneys and advised the Department of Human Services Child Welfare. Her work in the Child Advocacy Section included litigating matters in juvenile court, probate court and administrative hearings, as well as providing agency advice on administrative rulemaking and legislation. She also served as a speaker at several national conferences for attorneys who practice in the fields of child welfare and juvenile dependency.
Prior to joining the Oregon DOJ, Kamala served as a Deputy District Attorney for nearly 10 years in the Lane County District Attorney’s office, where she tried over 50 cases to a jury, including criminal cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, robbery and other major felonies and Measure 11 crimes. Kamala serves on the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee and is co-chair of the Lane County Campaign for Equal Justice Steering Committee. In 2013, Kamala was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, and currently teaches two courses: State Administrative Law and the Legislative Issues Seminar. Kamala earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Oregon.