Joan C. Johnson

Joan C. Johnson first met Nancy Ryles through community activities in east Washington County in the 1960s. In 1972, she managed Ryles's successful campaign for the Beaverton School Board and later her first campaign for the Oregon House. Johnson worked with Ryles as her aide through two legislative sessions and continued to collaborate with her throughout Ryles's political career. Johnson is a graduate of Portland State University and a freelance writer. She is also a co-founder of the Nancy Ryles Scholarship Fund at Portland State.

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  • Nancy Wyly Ryles (1937-1990)

    In 1992, the Beaverton School District named its newest elementary school for Nancy Ryles, who dedicated her life to public service. Ryles was a vigorous advocate for education and for equality for women and minorities.  Born on December 18, 1937, Nancy Wyly grew up in northeast Portland and graduated from …

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