Learn More About Soren Underdahl and His Vision for Portland City Council

An Optimistic and Progressive Oregonian

"I am 31, and a young professional, and as one of the youngest candidates in this race, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to our city council. I, like many Portlanders, am a renter, and I know the burden of increased housing costs and the challenges to buying a home in Portland, intimately. I am running for City Council to help ensure that our city has a sustainable long-term future, and continues to be a place where young people feel like they can make a home."

Early Life and Education

Soren grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley. He developed a strong commitment to life-long learning through his parents and local community college, and a hard work-ethic from his summers working on local grass-seed farms. 

Soren is a first-generation college graduate, and remains the only member of his immediate family to have higher than a high school diploma.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Oregon's first college, Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon.

Soren's Background:

First generation college student, union organizer, teacher and educational equity advocate, passionate


After graduating from Willamette University, Soren became a Middle School English teacher in Memphis, TN, serving as an Americorps member through Teach for America. After serving as a teacher, Soren worked as a professional Health IT educator at Epic systems.

Soren continues to be a passionate advocate for equitable educational opportunity, and for fair and competitive teacher compensation.


In 2023 Soren served on the Organizing Committee that led a successful, remote, union organization vote for the findhelp Solidarity Network, associated with OPEIU's Local 1010, one of the world's first tech unions. 

While living in Memphis, Soren was on the leadership committee for 9-0-ONE, a community organizing group focused on advocating for educational equity initiatives.

Healthcare Advocate

Over the last 5 years, Soren has developed an in-depth knowledge of the medical and social care systems through his work with dozens of healthcare institutions throughout the country. 

Soren works, both personally and professionally, to ensure that all people have access to the quality health and social care that they need, and to address the system inequities that create barriers to high-quality care.


Public Service

Since Soren was 12, he has been dedicated to making the world a better place, and serving his community. Whether it was as a volunteer referee at a youth soccer game, serving as a chess coach for local middle schools, working as a poll worker, or helping to repack food at the Oregon Food Bank, he strives to have a wider positive impact on others. 

Support Soren Underdahl for Portland City Council

Join the movement for positive change

If you believe in the values of public service, equitable education, and affordable housing, join us in supporting Soren Underdahl for Portland City Council. Together, we can create a better future for all residents of Portland.

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