Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence proudly represents the West Side of Portland, including Downtown, the South Waterfront, NW and SW neighborhoods, Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee, House Revenue Committee, and the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform.
In her first seven months as a legislator Akasha has worked to pass landmark police reform bills, landlord and tenant protections, and a holistic COVID-19 response for all Oregonians. Her strong advocacy background serving underrepresented communities and small business owners inspired Representative Lawrence Spence to lead the charge for a holistic COVID-19 response for the Black community in Oregon. The Oregon Cares Fund is actively fortifying the state’s Black people and families, businesses and nonprofits.
Akasha is also the Founder & Principal Designer of Fifth Element—a conscientious real estate development firm fortifying communities through real property ownership. She believes that when communities have ownership and control of their resources, they are more resilient, self-sufficient and dynamic. Her work serves as an incubator for economic growth and the creation of generational wealth in frontline communities.
Akasha has also worked and continues to strive to create a new level of transparency, engagement, and accountability in the public sphere, a platform she championed during her tenure on The City of Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission.
"There is no greater purpose in life than to live in service to others," and that is the ethos Representative Lawrence Spence has built her life's work on.