Mimi Alkire lived in Portland, Oregon, from 1966 until 2005, when she and her husband moved to Bend. From 1975 to 2005, she worked as a middle and high school mathematics teacher in several Portland Public Schools. Beginning in the late 1980’s, she also taught adjunct adult education mathematics courses at Portland Community College. She and her husband, John Alkire, lived and raised their two children in SW and SE Portland. After retiring from teaching in 2005, she started her own business as a mathematics education consultant for the USDOE, various state departments of education, and large urban school districts across the country. She helped teachers and administrators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. She retired from that work in 2023.
Mimi was an active member of the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County (LWVDC) beginning in 2017. She served as the LWVDC Membership Chair from 2017 to 2021 and then as Vice President from 2021 to 2023. During her Membership Chair tenure, LWVDC membership went from about 30 to 130 members. Her Deschutes County League work also included chairing the Get-Out-The-Vote committee; roster manager, book club (Freedom Readers) organizer, DEI discussion group, fundraising committee, videographer for First Thursday Speaker Meetings, and proofreading the newsletter (Cascade Echoes). She also served as a Co-Chief Petitioner for a Deschutes County ballot measure (M9-148) that would make the county commissioner election nonpartisan. They were able to gather enough signatures to make the November 2022 ballot and the measure passed.
After returning to Portland at the end of 2022, she joined LWV of Portland as a volunteer in support of Voter Service. Her passion is getting out the youth vote and is she is currently also serving LWVOR as a co-chair of the Youth Outreach committee. In that role she oversees the Student Mock Elections for Multnomah County and the state. She was elected LWVOR Secretary in 2023.