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 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
Nate Waas Shull works as Vice President of Partnerships at All Hands Raised where he helps lead a community-wide effort to ensure equity and excellence in education for all Portland and Multnomah County students from cradle to career.
Nate previously served as a policy advisor to two Portland mayors focused on youth engagement and education. Nate also served as director of a non-profit mentoring program for Latino youth in Portland Public Schools. A native of the Midwest, he spent his first year in Portland as an advocate for youth with developmental disabilities through an AmeriCorps member placement. Nate’s work is guided by the conviction that equitable educational opportunities form the foundation for a just and prosperous community.
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.
Vice President/Store Manager | Umpqua Bank
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.
Campus President, Southeast PCC | 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. 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.
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 passionate about ensuring Latino communities have access to resources.
He is originally from Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys sports, great Latino art, watching soccer, and being involved with the community. He lives in Portland with his wife.
Founder & CEO | 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 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.
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. 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.
Regional Senior VP | Comcast - Oregon & SW Washington
Rodrigo Lopez is the Regional Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Oregon and SW Washington operations, with general management responsibility for a subscriber base of more than 600,000 and more than 1,500 employees.
Lopez has been with Comcast for more than 20 years, and he began his career as a part time Customer Account Executive at Comcast’s former Orange County, California system. He subsequently held various positions of increased responsibility within the Business Operations Organization in Orange County, Delaware, Washington, Sacramento, California, and most recently as Regional Vice President of Comcast’s Mountain region based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lopez is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, a graduate of Comcast University’s Executive Leadership Forum, CTAM U, and a recipient of the NAMIC Luminary Award and was recently named one of Cable Fax’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable. Lopez serves on the board of Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Business Alliance, and Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington.
Public and Community Relations Consultant – Public Information Officer | Legacy Health
Melinda Veliz is the Public and Community Relations Consultant – Public Information Officer, for Legacy Health- Silverton Medical Center.
As a daughter of migrant farmworkers who were eventually able to leave the fields, Melinda learned perseverance and the necessary life skills to succeed by her parents. Her passion for Social Justice led her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Melinda served 13 years as a board member for the Latino Educational and Recreational Network (LEaRN), a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching Latino youth through athletics; Co- founded IZO Empowerment, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening and building trust among those who support diversity and inclusion through collaboration and networking.
She has volunteered to lead empowerment groups targeting Latina high school students and professionals; advocated for gender equity with sports programs and currently serves on the Marion County Health Advisory Board, Woodburn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Silverton Chamber Board of Directors, and is currently on the City Council for the City of Woodburn. She was also nominated for her accomplishments at Portland State School of Social Work 50th Anniversary.
On her free time she loves to spend time with her three children, Cristian , Selia and Ylianna.
Founding Principal | Civic Innovation NW
Patrick Quinton is the founding principal of Civic Innovation NW, a consultancy that provides best practice advice to public and private leaders seeking to address pressing civic issues and develop strategies to promote growth, access and inclusion in urban areas.
Patrick served for over five years as the Executive Director of the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the economic development and urban renewal agency for the city of Portland, Oregon.
During his tenure, Portland emerged from the Great Recession to create one of the best performing metro economies in the U.S. Under Patrick’s leadership, PDC invested in over 800 businesses over five years, jump-started the creation of nearly 50,000 net new jobs and attracted $1.5B in private investment.
Prior to his tenure at PDC, Patrick served in leadership roles in both the commercial finance and community banking industries, including at Shorebank Corporation, the internationally recognized leader in community revitalization.
Patrick earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College.
VP of Social Responsibility | Portland Trail Blazers
Christa Stout, Vice President of Social Responsibility for the Portland Trail Blazers, is responsible for the strategy, development, planning, and execution of the Trail Blazers’ community involvement.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers in February of 2014, Stout managed the Portland Timbers Community Relations Department starting in 2011. Major League Soccer recognized the work of Stout, her staff and the Timbers in 2012 and 2013 with the Community Relations Department of the Year Award.
Stout gained international development experience in sport and social change in South Africa, Australia, Central and South America, and Europe prior to moving back to her hometown in Portland.
Stout holds an MBA in international business from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and is also a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She serves on the Portland Parks and Recreation board and in her free time enjoys running, hiking and cooking with her husband Jake and baby girl Riley.