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Leadership Development

Growing Leadership for Latino, Indigenous, and Hispanic Oregonians

The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the other Advocacy Commissions statutorily work to grow the number and influence of diverse Oregonians within all branches of state government, its key initiatives, departmental leadership and policy work.

Liliana Luna, Dr. Guadalupe Guajardo, and Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry honored by OCHA, OCFW, and the Governor, as Oregon Women of Achievement

As part of its leadership development work, the OCHA and other Advocacy Commissions work with the OCFW to submit nominations and honor outstanding candidates for OCFW’s Women of Achievement Awards as models for upcoming generations and emerging leaders.  OCHA celebrated Women of Achievement honorees Liliana Luna, Dr. Guadalupe Guajardo, and Dr. Erlinda Gonzalas-Barry as they received their awards from Governor Kate Brown and Secretary of State Bev Clarno.  OCHA Chair, Irma Linda Castillo presented the award personally to Lillian Luna, an outstanding young leader from the Latino and Immigrant and Dreamer Community as her parents proudly stood with their daughter.  Each year, the Commission reaches out to community members and organizations to honor experienced and emerging leaders through the Women of Achievement Awards.

Invitation by the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs to emerging leaders to address the Commission and partner on a variety of community issues

The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs historically reaches out to emerging leaders in the Latino community to become appointed members of the Commission, to join their discussions on immigrant and other issues, and otherwise engage with the Commission.  Many established leaders in the Latino community have counted the OCHA among their early experiences as they grew their networks, engaged partners, and progressed important public policy issues.