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About OCHA

Next OCHA Regular Meeting is December 12, 2022.

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Our vision:

We serve the people of Oregon to empower and support Latinos through our special roles as policy advisors to Oregon state policy makers and leaders. The OCHA is a catalyst that empowers partnerships between state government and Hispanic communities in rural and urban areas to ensure success for all Latinos by addressing issues at the policy level.   

Our mission: 

Organized in its current role under Governor Atiyeh, and serving 7 administrations, the mission of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs is to work toward economic, social, political and legal equality for Oregon´s Hispanic population.

Our principles and Values:

  • Equity for Hispanic Oregonians in jobs and the economy, education, health, safety, family stability, environment, and civic engagement.
  • Equal treatment and protection against discrimination.
  • Access to helpful information on services and available resources.
  • Working in partnership on research and policy analysis of longstanding issues and barriers to success within the Hispanic community statewide.
  • Inclusion of viewpoints of the Hispanic community in policy making at the state level.
  • Celebration of and awareness about the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Oregonians.

Our Statutory Goals and Strategic Priorities

  • Advocate for equitable policies assuring the success of Latino and Hispanic Oregonians at the state level.
  • Engage community and state partners to promote equity for Latinos statewide.
  • Study and analyze issues affecting the Hispanic community statewide and recommend policy remedies to state policy makers.
  • Grow and develop leaders the Hispanic community at the state level in all branches.
  • Increase the viability and visibility of the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Oregonians statewide.

OCHA is actively eng
aged in its statutory work focused on 7 Strategic Priorities each biennium.  These are:
  1. Education
  2. Jobs and the economy
  3. Healthcare
  4. Justice, safety and policing
  5. Stable families and housing
  6. Environmental Justice/Equity
  7. Civic engagement

Meet the Commissioners

Bend

Melina Moran is a second-generation Latina of Mexican and Irish heritage, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is the mother of two active children and enjoys exploring the outdoors with t​he​m.​​

Ms. Moran is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Doctoral candidate at Frontier Nursing University. Her doctoral project focuses on health equity and policy, she will earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice early 2023. She earned her Master of Science degree from Frontier Nursing University and her Bachelor of Science from Portland State University.

Melina has been in the medical field for 20 years working as an ER/critical care flight nurse, family medicine/primary care provider and has been a member of federal and local disaster teams working over-seas in Haiti and the UK.

In addition to her extensive work experience, Melina is a member of The National Nurse Led Care Consortium, Central Oregon Health Quality Alliance Grant Committee, and volunteers at the Latino Community Association of Central Oregon.

As a member of the Latino/a/x community, she is passionate about being a change agent in her local, state, and national communities. Her passion is health equity and vows to work toward decreasing disparities and improving health outcomes.

In February 2022, Melina was appointed to the Commission of Hispanic Affairs by Governor Kate Brown. ​


Redmond

My name is Josefina Nury Riggs. I arrived in United States from Venezuela on July 4, 1995, with my son Zydlei who was 3 years old.   We lived in El Paso, Texas for over a year and then moved to Troutdale, Oregon.
 
My son and I went through many circumstances and obstacles, and it was a difficult time for us.  I met my husband Bill while living in Gresham and after several years of being together, we decided to move to Redmond.
 
Since arriving in the US, I have worked as a volunteer at Head Start, Cascade Aids Project (Apoyo Latino) and Catholic Charities.  While living in Central Oregon, I became an activist for CAUSA, Jobs with Justice, Strong Voice and I am a Board member of Rural Organizing Project (ROP).

I began working as a Personal Support Worker and a member of SEIU local 503.  I have participated in different activities related to the union and the rights of people who, like me, volunteer to aid people with disabilities.  In my case, I have spent 4 years working with children in need and in particular, my current client, who is very special to me. I will be teaching a workshop about Alzheimer and other dementias in Central Oregon, part of a program from Alzheimer’s Association.
 
My path to the US is not that different from those who emigrate from other countries or from those who seek a safe place to live, work or develop as individuals.
 
I enjoy work for the community and with my background and experience I will like to work more close with the Latino community and serve as Commission of Hispanic Affair.
 
I was running for Redmond City Council in the last election period 2018, and it was a good experience for me and one way or another I will continue my work with my community in here or in a different level.

Ashland

Jonathan Chavez Baez was born in Cuautla Morelos, Mexico. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10. He graduated from Phoenix High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern Oregon University and his Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership and Policy in Higher Education from Portland State University. For the past 12 years, Jonathan has been working for Southern Oregon University in various capacities. Currently, he is the Assistant Director for Latino/a/x Programs at SOU. In May 2020, the SOU President appointed Jonathan to form the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team. Throughout his career, Jonathan has devoted his time working with the Latino/a/x community to increase high school graduation, college enrollment, parent engagement, support to undocumented/DACAmented students, and the creation of numerous programs for underrepresented students. He also has over 18 years of experience working with youth in Southern Oregon. In addition, he is currently the Co-Director of Academia Latina hosted at Southern Oregon University. Jonathan's passion is the implementation of programs in higher education institutions that can help guide underrepresented students obtain a college education. Also at SOU, Jonathan is now chair of the Committee for Equity & Diversity (CED), Enrollment Management Council, Diversity Scholarship and Strategic Planning Committees. In his free time, he is a member of numerous boards and organizations that include the Oregon Community Foundation's Latino Partnership Program, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Cultural Connections, Latinx/a/o Interagency Committee, and Listo Core Champions Advisory Council. In March 2017, Jonathan was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA) by Governor Kate Brown. He is now serving his second term with OCHA.

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Ontario, Forest Grove

​Gustavo is the executive director of EUVALCREE in Ontario, Oregon, an organization that develops the social capital and leadership capacity of community members. Gustavo is appointed by Governor Kate Brown to sit on two positions as: 1) Commissioner on the Oregon Advocacy Commission-Commission on Hispanic Affairs and 2) Board Member for the Cultural Development Board for the State of Oregon-Oregon Cultural Trust. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Neuroscience emphasis from Pacific University and is completing his Master's in Business Administration from Boise State University. In addition to continuing his education and managing a non-profit organization, Gustavo works as an independent consultant supporting minority owned businesses to improve their economies of scale, strategize to develop competitive advantage and increase business visibility.

Lake Oswego

For more than 20 years, Representative Andrea Salinas has worked on the front lines of politics, to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors and the environment. Andrea first served as an intern to Senator Dianne Feinstein in her San Francisco district office, then as legislative staff to Senator Harry Reid, as tax and trade policy advisor to Congressman Pete Stark and finally as a district aide to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley.
 
Prior to becoming a legislator, Andrea worked as an advocate in Salem to help provide Oregon families with a fair shot by increasing the minimum wage, fighting climate change and providing comprehensive reproductive health care coverage to all Oregon women.
 
Andrea was appointed to the legislature in September 2017 and won her first election in 2018. Since that time, she has been working to lower the price of prescription drugs, prevent bankruptcy from medical debt, increase the legal remedies for victims of strangulation, and improve sexual harassment investigations in K-12 schools.
 
Andrea quickly assumed leadership roles in the legislature where she serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, Co-Chair of the Oregon Complete Count Committee and Assistant Majority Leader.
 
In addition, Andrea serves on the newly formed House Subcommittee on Behavioral Health, Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services and the Energy & Environment Committee, the Willamette Falls Locks Commission and the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board.
 
Andrea earned her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris, daughter Amelia and labradoodle Cooper.​


Public Records Requests (PRR)

The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office (OACO) responds to requests for public records in the general way described in the Oregon Department of Administrative Services' (DAS) Public Records Requests policy (pdf).

The DAS Public Records Requests Fees and Charges policy outlines the fees the department charges for records, and the process the agency uses to fulfill requests.

Please choose one of the following methods to request public records from OACO:
1. Email your request to Albert Lee, Executive Director of the OACO, with "PRR" included in the subject line.

OR

2. Mail a written request to this address:

Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office
421 SW Oak St., Suite 770
Portland, OR 97204


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