Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran is a practicing emergency medical physician and community health advocate. Her experience on the front line caring for those in crisis has informed her work in public policy, and her belief that our community is better off when everyone has access to the care they need.
Driven by a passion to serve her community, Sharon has served a wide variety of boards and advisory positions while practicing medicine, weighing in on policy around mental health care, substance abuse prevention, police use of force, and coordination of services for the most vulnerable. She also previously served as Medical Director for the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health working on issues of reproductive equity and justice.
Sharon has been recognized in the medical community for her advocacy. She was named “Oregon Doctor-Citizen of the Year” in 2015 by the Oregon Medical Association; “Emergency Physician of the Year” by the Oregon College of Emergency Physicians; and she was given Kaiser Permanente's highest community service honor, the David Lawrence Community Service Award.
Sharon grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics, and attended law school at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
Prior to her medical career, she practiced law and volunteered as a counselor on a child abuse prevention crisis line, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and in children’s advocacy, family law, and class action litigation on behalf of children in areas of health, education and juvenile justice reform.
Sharon earned her medical degree from UCSF medical school, where she met her husband, Fred. They live in Southwest Portland, and their children continue to attend Portland Public Schools. She loves to travel, hike, read and spend as much time as possible with my family.
District 1 includes all of Multnomah County west of the Willamette River and inner southeast Portland. Multnomah County provides essential services - including mental health care, help for seniors and people with disabilities, support for survivors of domestic violence, and housing for homeless families - to nearly 250,000 community members in Multnomah County who don’t earn enough income to meet their basic needs.