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Carmen joined Latino Network as the Executive Director in 2009, where she and her team work to advance the Latino community in education, leadership, and civic engagement in Oregon. Prior to this, Carmen served on staff for former Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz Walsh, former Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.
Carmen currently serves on the boards of All Hands Raised, University of Oregon Alumni Association, and Social Venture Partners Portland. She also serves as a member of the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Pioneer Courthouse Square Board of Trustees. She is a 2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow, an American Leadership Forum of Oregon Fellow, and a member of the International Women’s Forum.
She has been recognized by Portland Monthly Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People, and has received Hispanic Chamber’s BRAVO Award for Leadership, and the Center for Women’s Leadership Nonprofit Award.
Carmen earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of Oregon and completed two years of graduate studies at the University of Washington, School of Communications. In 2015 she earned a certificate from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University.