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Carmen joined Latino Network as the Executive Director in 2009. 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 the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Coalition of Communities of Color and the University of Oregon Alumni Association. She also serves as an appointed Commissioner on 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 is a recipient of Portland Business Journal with a 2018 Woman of Influence award, and has been recognized by Portland Monthly's as 2013's 50 Most Influential People. She has also received Hispanic Chamber’s BRAVO Award for Leadership, and the Center for Women’s Leadership Nonprofit Leadership Award.
Carmen earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of Oregon and enrolled for 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.