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Commissioners
Chair
Chair Andrea Cano  
Chair Alberto Moreno 
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
 
Diego Hernandez

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.
 
Commissioners
 
Irma Linda Castillo 
Linda Castillo, Portland

Linda Castillo is a bilingual, bicultural first generation Latina of Mexican heritage. Her parents are from the Zacatecas and Michoacán. Born and raised in Northern California as the eldest daughter of farm workers, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school, attend college, and complete graduate school with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her upbringing was filled with experiences of and addressing poverty, violence, sexism, discrimination, social justice, protests in the streets for Chicano civil rights, civic engagement, community organizing, the power of resilience, authentic connection and trust building in communities of color. She is blessed to have a 26-year history working in local government in Clark and Multnomah County, as mental health consultant, program manager and director, and additional years, in nonprofits and in direct service to communities of color and managing, providing technical assistance to diverse teams who work with diverse communities in the Bay Area, Chicago and the Pacific NW.
 
 
 
Cynthia Carmina Gómez
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.

 

 
 
Daniel López-Cevallos 
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.
 

 
 
Marisa Salinas 
 

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]