Board of Directors
Principal & Executive Vice President | Metropolitan Group
As MG’s multicultural engagement practice leader, Maria Elena designs and implements public will building campaigns and programs to increase participation and engagement, change attitudes and behaviors and amplify the power of voice of traditionally hard-to-reach communities. She works internally with organizations to conduct comprehensive climate and organizational assessments that provide guidance on issues of diversity, inclusion and cultural change. She excels at facilitating planning processes and initiatives that bring diverse groups to the table to work toward a common vision.
She brings more than two decades of experience integrating multicultural communication to social marketing, branding, fundraising and organizational development. Her cross-cultural communication experience spans four continents.
Prior to MG, Maria Elena was Associate Publisher for a national women’s magazine. Early in her career, she served as executive director of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, where she started and led LISTOS alternative school and programs for middle and high school retention, youth leadership development, workforce development, prevention education, and mental health. She also worked internationally for more than eight years in marketing, executive education, and economic development.
She holds a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in international marketing from Portland State University and a bachelor’s in languages from Georgetown University. She recently moved back to Portland after opening and leading MG’s Washington, D.C. office for twelve years.
Vice President of Partnerships | All Hands Raised
Chief Financial Officer | Lewis & Clark College
Alan has 25 years of accounting and finance experience in a variety of public and private industry organizations. The 10 most recent in higher education; including at the State University of New York and as the Associate Vice President of Budget and Finance for Portland State University, as well as his current position as CFO at Lewis & Clark College
Alan earned a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Clarkson University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College at the State University of New York at Albany. In his free time he enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, and spending time with his wife and son.
With over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Annette dedicates her time in building strong relationships within her customer and community. As the Vice President/Store Manager with Umpqua Bank, Annette actively volunteers her time with Hillsboro Schools Foundation as a Board of Director and proud to serve as a Board of Director for the Latino Network. Annette is a proud graduate of the UCLA Latino Leadership, Hispanic Metropolitan Leadership, City of Hillsboro Leadership, and Unidos of Oregon. Her commitment to the community has been fostered through participating in multiple nonprofit committees and boards within Washington & Multnomah County.
Manager, Life Benefits | The Standard
Hector currently works for The Standard as a Life Benefits Manager and has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Since he was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States at an early age, he relates well to the struggles many Latinos face in our communities and is proud to serve as a Board Member of the Latino Network. Hector earned his BA and MBA from George Fox University. After spending eight years in the United States Reserves, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 2003. Hector enjoys spending time with his family, following college and professional sports and staying active with most outdoor activities.
Santos Cash is a technology-focused marketer with 15 years of experience in the advertising space. He has managed small to large digital teams at various agencies along the west coast. Some of the notable brands he’s worked with include Adidas, Adobe, AMD, CenturyLink, Cisco, Disney, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Sharp and Xerox.
Campus president of the Southeast | Extended Learning Campus PCC
Jessica Howard is the campus president of the Southeast / Extended Learning Campus of Portland Community College. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Performance Studies and, from Rice University, degrees of Master of Music, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Arts in English. Her graduate work explored the fields of music theory and Cultural Studies.
Prior to moving to Portland with her family in August of 2012, Dr. Howard enjoyed a long tenure at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas. There she worked as an adjunct instructor, a full-time assistant and associate professor, an online course developer and a department chair; as the Interim Executive Vice President (over student and academic affairs) and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Howard’s administrative experience also includes being Director of Fine Arts for a K-12 college preparatory school, Saint Mary’s Hall, in San Antonio. While there she also directed choirs and taught AP Music Theory.
Dr. Howard grew up primarily in San Antonio, but was born in Bombay, India and lived as a child in Bangkok, Thailand. She also spent a year abroad during college at King’s College in London, where she sang in the King’s College Choir. She considers her international experiences to be formative, as well as her efforts in the arts. In addition to music, Dr. Howard directed, produced and performed in theatrical productions at Rice University. Her lifelong hobbies, besides artistic endeavors, include reading, knitting and swimming.
Senior Account Executive & Hispanic Market Specialist, Salem Communications/ KRYP-FM 93.1 El Rey
Hector Ignacio is a Senior Account Executive at Salem Communications with 93.1 El Rey. He is originally from Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys sports, great Latino art, and being involved with the community. He lives in Portland with his wife.
Founder & CEO of Lara Media
Victoria Lara is the Founder and CEO of Lara Media, a successful marketing firm in Portland, Oregon since 2000. Victoria was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and attended Chihuahua State University where she received a Degree in Business Administration/Marketing.
Victoria is a prominent leader and advocate for the Latino Community who recognizes the world is rapidly changing and the Latino Community/Population is growing at a steady and consistent rate.
Victoria has been an active member of the community. She currently serves as the President of CAUSA Oregon, board member of Hacienda CDC, All Hands Raised, committee advisor for James Beard Public Market, and committee member of Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity. Aside from being involved in the community, Victoria is a strong supporter of civil right organizations like PCUN and Voz.
In today’s changing society Victoria understands and recognizes the significance of the Latino Voice and the influence made locally, nationally and globally and it’s societal impact.
Competing in this global market, Victoria’s mission and vision is to continue to support her constituents and stakeholders and achieve a universal and mutual understanding, especially from the perspective, voice and point-of-view of a Latina/o.
Victoria’s outlook is to continue to remain conscientious, an effective communicator and positive influential in marketing and advertising for Lara Media.
Victoria is the proud parent to her son Israel and daughter Victoria Maria. Victoria enjoys traveling to learn and understand cultures and different perspectives, healthy living, spending time with her son, meditating on a daily basis, and the outdoors.
Director of Accounts | Infinity Images
Eduardo started his career 14 years ago in the marketing division of the largest food and beverage manufacturer in the world. He soon moved from the client side to the vendor side, in print manufacturing where he had seen a sharp disconnect between the service that brand clients demanded and the ability of emerging industry to oblige. For over a decade, the grand format industry has undergone commoditization, consolidation, and almost en masse shift from entrepreneurial to large corporate existence. In a general environment of “faster and cheaper” with diminishing loyalty, Eduardo focuses on building specialized client management teams that that create value around the concept, design and execution of national retail roll outs.
Eduardo’s experience includes his current role as the Director of Accounts overseeing 2 account management teams at Infinity Images. He is focused on business development and recruiting account teams to service Infinity Images’ largest client. His efforts have secured over 1 million dollars of revenue growth year after year the past 5 years. He has consulted on the physical infrastructure of an organization that maintains the leading edge of technology, quality and sustainability in the Portland market. He has participated in the conceptual design and physical execution of multifaceted brand initiatives that reach every major consumer market in North America. Throughout, he has achieved the goal of connecting brands with service providers by fostering value-add relationships that deliver high impact executions at the consumer level.