Makenzie Kaiser is a recent graduate of University of Oregon School of Law and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in October 2021. She graduated from University of Iowa in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and German. She moved from Iowa to Oregon in 2010 and spent a few years running an organic orchard and living in a yurt in Kings Valley. In 2010, she started an entry-level position at First Alternative Food Co-op in Corvallis. When she left the Co-op in 2018, she was co-running their largest department, the Co-op Kitchen, managing a staff of thirty.
During law school, Makenzie volunteered with RAICES and Al Otro Lado as an advocate for undocumented asylum seekers and detained migrants. She served on the board of the UO Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and OUTLAWs, the LGBTQ+ law student organization. Makenzie leverages her significant experience working for more than a decade in the service industry to relate to her clients’ employment experiences. She understands that workers need advocates who can be a voice for them in the face of discrimination and mistreatment. She has a passion for civil rights and social justice and considers herself lucky to have spent two summers clerking for the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene before joining the team at Creighton & Rose, PC, during her last year of law school.