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Markham House Resident Empowers Women

Markham House, we encourage residents to make meaningful contributions to the world around them – whether it be investing in the senior living community itself, or getting involved in the larger local community. Meet Jewel Lansing, a Markham House resident who does both – and does it all well.

Inspiring Women in Public Service

Jewel Lansing DayJewel Lansing is a Markham House resident who is an active member of both the senior living community and the local community. As an avid member of a local book club, poker club, and movie club, Jewel is a well-known and beloved resident. But, it’s her involvement in local politics that led Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to declare May 23, 2018, as “Jewel Lansing Day” and name a conference room in the City Auditor’s office after her.  It’s the only room in all of City Hall named after a woman.

Jewel Lansing Room

Jewel began her political career as Multnomah County Auditor, serving from 1975 to 1982. She served as Portland City Auditor form 1983 to 1986. As one of the first two women elected to Multnomah County government and the fifth woman elected to Portland government, she is a trailblazer for women in politics. When she ran for Oregon State Treasurer in 1976, no woman had been elected to statewide state office. Her ambition and perseverance made her an inspiration for women pursuing a career and life in politics. Her experiences led her to write several books about politics, history, and campaigning. Her best-known book, “Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001” was published by the Oregon State University Press in 2003.

Join us in congratulating Jewel and thanking her for her years of public service. We are inspired by your service and thankful for your willingness to blaze a trail for women in politics!

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Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, Alzheimers.net and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.

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