Board of Directors
For over 20 years Steve Weiss has done social justice work in Oregon as a volunteer advocate. He was born and raised in New York City and holds a BA Degree in Comparative Literature from California State University at Los Angeles.
In addition to serving as board president of the Oregon Consumer League, Steve also serves as board president for Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens, Independent Living Resources, and is on the board of Community Alliance of Tenants. He is also board vice-president of United Seniors of Oregon. Steve is chair of the Department of County Human Services Community Services Community Budget Advisory Committee.
Steve’s work is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed. He is a recipient of the following awards:
- City of Portland Day of Recognition Proclamation, 2013
- Spirit of Portland Award from the City Council, 2013
- Tenant Hero Award from the Community Alliance of Tenants, 2013
- Multnomah County Volunteer Awards, total of six
- Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award 2007, Oregon Volunteers
- Advocate of the Year 2006, Elders in Action
- Oregon Consumer League Lifetime Board Service Award
Joel Shapiro is an attorney and consumer advocate. He represents consumers as a solo law practitioner at the Law Office of Joel Shapiro, PC, as well as by engaging in legislative advocacy. Joel has worked on consumer protection issues at both the state and federal level, including serving as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, and as Political Outreach Director for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has also worked as a legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislature, and as a deputy district attorney and policy counsel for Multnomah County.
In addition to consumer protection, Joel devotes considerable time to protecting victims of human trafficking through civil litigation and legislative advocacy. Joel is a co-founder of the Trafficking Victims & Survivors Law Center. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and Grinnell College. Joel joined the board of the Oregon Consumer League in 2013.
Michelle Druce is a lawyer and in-house legal counsel with 30 years experience practicing law. A graduate of the University of Utah and Willamette University College of Law, she is experienced in a wide variety of financial services and focuses on consumer law issues.
Michelle has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for youth in foster care and as a committed volunteer for access to justice serving on The Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice Advisory Board, Multnomah County Legal Aid Board, and as a volunteer Pro Bono attorney.
Michelle also served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. Michelle joined the board of the Oregon Consumer League in 2015.
Adam Wolfe is a lawyer and documentarian. Adam uses his visual arts skills to help consumers hold powerful corporations accountable in court. He has a film degree from Vassar College, and a law degree from Lewis & Clark. His demonstratives have been shown to jurors and mediators in complex consumer litigations including an antitrust case against Apple, a credit reporting case against Wells Fargo, and the Trump University consumer fraud case. He is currently working on a documentary series about the history of forgiving debt.
Board Member at Large
Dr. Jim Davis is a psychologist, gerontologist, educator and advocate. He retired in 2016 after serving for 11 years as an associate professor in the Human Sciences Department at Marylhurst University, where he coordinated the Psychology and Social Sciences Programs and taught psychology, gerontology and social policy. He won the 2013 Award for Faculty Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching. Dr. Davis currently is a commissioner on both the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (serving his 3rd governor as a commissioner) and the Oregon Disabilities Commission (Vice Chair), and co-chairs the joint GCSS-ODC Legislative Committee. He is the chair of the state Older Adult-People with Disabilities Behavioral Health Advisory Council, after serving as the Co-Chair of the Oregon Legislative Work Group on Senior and Disability Mental Health and Addictions. He has served on the Oregon State Insurance Advisory Committee for 29 years. Dr. Davis is the long-time executive director of the Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens and United Seniors of Oregon, both of whom he has served since the 1970s. He is also the Chair of the National Coalition of Consumer Organizations on Aging, the advocacy arm of the National Council on Aging. He is on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Consumer League, who he served as President for 5 years. He also was president of James A. Davis and Associates, coordinator of the SDSD Senior Mental Health Projects, Mental Health Gerontologist for the Oregon Mental Health Division and a professor/administrator at the University of Maryland. He received his bachelors in Political Science, masters in Gerontology and Administration, and doctorate in Educational Psychology/Gerontology, all from the University of Oregon.