Braver Angels of Oregon and SW Washington

Working together in Portland and SW Washington to depolarize our country

About Us

The Portland Oregon and Southwest Washington Better Angels is a local chapter of Better Angels.  We hold workshops, debates and public presentations designed to bridge the polarizing political divide we have in this country.  These events allow conservatives and liberals to get past the destructive stereotypes we have of one another so we can have civil conversations about real issues that lead to productive problem-solving.

In 2018, over 200 people attended one of our events, which included three Red / Blue Workshops, one Skills Workshop, and several public presentations.  See our Events calendar for upcoming workshops.

State Coordinators

Nancy Matela

Oregon State Coordinator
[email protected]


By paying $12 a year to join Braver Angels via the national website (, you qualify to be a voting member of the local alliance. To be involved or to volunteer, you must be a member, but all members of the public are welcome to join our programs and workshops, and there is no cost for attending any events, in person or online. We also welcome clubs, organizations, churches, etc who are interested in hearing from us, securing a presentation from one of our leaders, or who simply support our mission. Contact Nancy Matela at [email protected] for more information.

Workshops and Debates

Get Involved

Would you like to get involved in reducing the polarization that is gripping our country and our communities? There are several ways you can help.

Join — Become a member for $12 at

Donate to help fund events

Sign up to get updates from Better Angels PDX by emailing Nancy Matela at [email protected].

Volunteer – add your voice and your energy to help us unify our divided country. Email Cynthia O’Brien at cynthiaobrienmusic (at)

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To be on our email list and keep informed, email Oregon State Coordinator Nancy Matela at [email protected]

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