About Chloe

Chloe Eudaly was born and raised in the Portland Metro area and has called Portland proper her home since 1988. Her introduction to political activism came during the first Gulf War, following which she became active in a variety of civil rights, social justice, and environmental causes.  After working for a series of small businesses, in 1994 she opened her mission driven bookshop, Reading Frenzy, which is dedicated to independent, small press, and self-published titles with a focus on underrepresented voices, progressive politics, and alternative culture. Through Reading Frenzy, she co-founded the Independent Publishing Resource Center, launched a small press, has organized nearly 500 free literary and art events, and has shared her extensive knowledge of self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship with hundreds of people through lectures, panels, articles, and workshops. 

In 2001, Chloe’s life took an unexpected turn when her infant son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. After a couple years of navigating the medical and service systems she had the good fortune of being accepted into Partners in Policymaking -- an intensive year-long disability advocacy training program -- which launched her on a path that she still walks today. In the ensuing years she has done both paid and volunteer work for local nonprofit organizations, has advocated and fundraised for increasing accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation, given talks and workshops on a variety of subjects from inclusive child care to the lack of accessibility in Portland Public Schools, and co-founded the Special Education PTA of Portland, a district-wide PTA dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering families. 

In 2014 Chloe's attention turned to renters' rights and affordable housing when she found herself among Portland's growing ranks of cost-burdened renters. In February of 2015 she established an online group focussed on housing affordability, renters' rights, gentrification, and displacement called "The Shed" which has since grown to more than 2000 members and has become a hub for information, resources, and support. Through this group she began having near daily interactions with people who were in crisis and struggling to keep a roof over their heads. This experience is what ultimately spurred her to run for Portland City Council. 

Chloe's son Henry is now in high school, uses a high tech communication device that he controls with eye gaze, is studying photography, and enjoys being a TA in his school library. These days she works mostly behind the scenes at Reading Frenzy but still enjoys hosting events, curating shows for the gallery (now temporary campaign headquarters!), the thrill of discovering new authors and artists, and connecting adventurous readers with compelling work. In her spare time she enjoys working through her endless reading list, listening to public radio, watching British crime series, crossword puzzles, thrifting, hiking in Forest Park, rabble rousing, and singing karaoke. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Reading Frenzy Bookshop & Gallery, Owner, 1994-present
  • Show & Tell Press, Owner, 2005-present
  • FACT, Community Partnership Coordinator, 2006-2007
  • Journey's Travel, Junior Agent, 1994-1995
  • Kids Community Learning Center, Teacher's Assistant, 1992-1993
  • People's Paralegal, Office Manager, 1988-1990

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • Independent Publishing Resource Center, Co-founder, past Board Member, current Advisory Committee Member, 1998-present
  • The Shed, founder and moderator, 2015-2016
  • Historic Mississippi Business Association, Vice President, 2014-2015
  • Special Education PTA of Portland, Co-founder, President and Membership Chair, 2008-2011
  • Self-publishing workshop facilitation, 1998-2011
  • Boise-Eliot PTO, Family Night Chair, 2007-2008
  • Portland Public Schools, District Parent Involvement Committee, 2007-2008
  • Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Marketing Chair, 2005-2006
  • Laughing Horse Books, 1992-1993

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Portland Community College, Honors Program, 2010-2012
  • Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services Division, Person Centered Planning Facilitation Training,  2007
  • Portland Community College/Small Business Development Center, Small Business Management Program, 2006
  • Partners in Policymaking, 2004
  • Portland Community College, Travel Certificate Program, 1993

 

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