melissa caraballo

Family Engagement Specialist

email: melissa@latnet.org | Ph: 503-890-9659

Melissa joined the Latino Network as a Family Engagement Specialist in 2016. She helps coordinate lessons with parents to help them understand the school system and give them resources to help their child’s performance in school. 

Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, Melissa is the first in her family to receive a college degree. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Cartagena and her master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She has previously worked at Cartagena’s Mayor Office in Colombia. Melissa is motivated to work with the Latino community in Portland because she wants to empower Latino parents by helping them better understand the school system and teach them to take advantage of resources in the community.

When she isn’t working with Latino Network, Melissa enjoys watching Netflix, going to church, hanging out with friends and skyping her family in Colombia. Her favorite part about Portland is that the city encourages originality and uniqueness, and that everything is within biking distance.