Alberto Moreno, Portland
Alberto Moreno is the Executive Director for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, a statewide organization whose mission is to eliminate health disparities for Latinos in Oregon. As the Executive Director his focus is on addressing longstanding health inequities for Latinos in Oregon through policy and systems reform. Key policy priorities include ensuring that all pregnant women in Oregon have access to prenatal care services and that all children in Oregon truly have equal and unabridged access to timely medical care.
Vice Chair John Haroldson
John Haroldson, Corvallis
The son of a Scandinavian father and a Mexican mother, John Haroldson was raised both in the Pacific Northwest and in Monterrey, Mexico, where he developed a rich bilingual and bicultural perspective. He holds the honor of serving as Oregon's first Mexican-American District Attorney in Benton County, Oregon.
Mr. Haroldson has demonstrated a long-term commitment towards ensuring equal opportunity access for underrepresented individuals. He serves on the Advisory Board for the César Chávez Cultural Center at Oregon State University and as a Presenter for the Oregon State University CAMP and 4H Programs, where he works with monolingual Spanish speaking students and resides in Corvallis with his wife Maria.
He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Central Washington University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations.
Cynthia Carmina Gómez, Portland
Cynthia Carmina Gómez is a first generation Mexican-American raised in Yuma, Arizona. She moved to Oregon in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Education, a Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies and a Bachelors in Sociology. Today, Cynthia works at Portland State University as the Director of Cultural Centers in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services. In 1999, she became a faculty member in University Studies with a focus on teaching social justice and sustainability community-based learning courses.
In 2003, Cynthia began working with the Portland non-profit Latino Network, first as a board member, where she co-founded Concilio Somos el Futuro; then as a direct service provider to adjudicated youth; and most recently, as the Director of Civic Engagement and Leadership Programs. She also worked as a Coordinator for the Oregon Leadership Institute, where she collaborated with college students and high school Latino students in partnership with Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; held the title of Program Coordinator for Innovation Partnership; and operated her own consulting firm. She currently serves on the United Way Diversity Advisory Committee; is a parent representative on Bridger’s Portland Public School Site Council; and is a graduate of Leadership Portland, Class 2012.
Diego Hernandez, Portland
After attending seven elementary schools and three middle schools throughout the Portland Metro Area, Diego developed a passion for social justice, racial equity, and systemic change. The first in his family to attend college, Diego went on to earn a Master of Social Work from Portland State University and received the National Association of Social Workers Oregon Community Based Practice Award in 2012. Diego became the youngest person and first Latino elected to the Reynolds School Board in 2012. He is the Co-Executive Director of Momentum Alliance, where he first served as a founding board member, treasurer, and board chair. In addition to his work with Momentum Alliance, Diego brings broad experience working with middle school, high school, and college students and a deep passion for organizing. Diego is the board treasurer of the MRG Foundation.
Daniel López-Cevallos, Corvallis
Daniel López-Cevallos is Associate
Director of Research with the Center for
Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE), Assistant Professor of
Ethnic Studies, and Adjunct Professor of International Health at Oregon State
University (OSU). Before coming to OSU, he was Assistant Professor of Community
Health at Western Oregon University. His research focuses on issues of Equity
in Health & Health Care, Access to Care, Migration and Health, and Social
Participation and Community Empowerment. Dr. López-Cevallos has worked in
public health projects with rural, indigenous, and low-income communities in
Ecuador, and with Latino immigrant communities across Oregon. He has served on
the board of Upstream Public Health, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition,
and was a founding board member of Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County. Over
the past decade, he has collaborated with Benton County Health Services in a
variety of Latino Health Equity initiatives. He is an Affiliate
Investigator with the Hispanic
Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos, and a member of the
Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Dr. López-Cevallos
earned his PhD in Public Health, with concentrations in International Health
and Health Policy at OSU.
Judith A. Parker, Portland
Judy Parker is the winemakers' lawyer. She is dedicated to helping Oregon's and Washington's winemakers navigate business formation, employment issues, regulatory compliance, and trademark registration so they can focus their time and energy on making premium northwest wines. In addition to wineries and winemakers, she also represents all manner of licensed professionals -- dentists, lawyers, architects -- anyone licensed before a state agency.
Ms. Parker is very active in the legal community. She was the first Latina president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and is currently the Secretary of the Oregon State Bar's Administrative Law Section.
Ms. Parker said, "I'm committed to educating other Latino/a children around this state that they are able do whatever they dream, that they are equally worthy of their classmates to succeed. I pledge to be worthy of the Commission's goal: to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equity for Hispanics in Oregon."
Marisa Salinas, Salem
Marisa Salinas graduated George Fox University with Bachelor of Arts in Social Work/Sociology and Spanish. Ms. Salinas later attended and graduated from Willamette University College of Law. After law school, Ms. Salinas was one of just two recipients in Oregon of a two year fellowship from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law). Ms. Salinas has dedicated her career to working with diverse communities in Oregon and ensuring that individuals’ civil rights are protected. Ms. Salinas’ interest in civil rights began with personal experiences as someone that is both multiracial and cultural, the grandchild of migrant farmworkers and the sibling of a person with disabilities. Ms. Salinas has used her skills and dedication by working for organizations such as Legal Aid Services of Oregon Farmworkers Program, the Oregon Judicial Department Citizen Review Board and volunteered as a board member on the Eugene Civilian Review Board.
|Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives|
Senator Chip Shields - D-Portland, District 22
Chip has served in the Oregon House and Senate since 2005 where he focuses on living-wage jobs, health care, schools and equality. In the 2009 session, as Co-Chair of the Public Safety Subcommittee of Ways & Means, he protected services for domestic violence survivors, funding for drug and alcohol treatment, and negotiated and passed a bill that invests $1.5 million in pre-apprenticeship training for women and people of color. [read full bio]
Representative Jessica Vega Pederson - D-Portland, District 47
Jessica Vega Pederson is a first term State Representative for Oregon’s House District
47, which includes the Hazelwood neighborhood and most of Portland East of I205.
Jessica serves on the House Committees of Revenue, Energy and Environment, and
Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency and she cochairs the Joint Committees on Tax Credits and Audits and Information Technology. [read full bio