Octaviano Merecias

Policy & Civic Engagement Manager

email: octaviano@latnet.org | Ph. 503.283.6881 x131 | Cell: 503-367-6840

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas joined Latino Network in 2016 as the Policy and Civic Engagement Manager. A graduate of Oregon State University, Octaviano holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from the School of Language, Culture & Society. Prior to joining Latino Network, he was a faculty of extension in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University and served as an Associate Director of Outreach for the Center for Latino Studies and Engagement.

Under his direction, he expanded the Positive Youth Development program 4-H Tech Wizards from one county to 24 states. He writes in Mixteco, Spanish, and English, about contemporary issues affecting/shaping the Latino/Xicano/Hispanic/Indigenous experiences in the U.S.

As an indigenous Mixtec migrant worker who came to this country as a young adult, Octaviano identifies with the transnational migrant community.  His area of interests are: transnational politics, contemporary Hispanic and Chicano studies and photojournalism focusing on the experience of indigenous communities.  As a spoken word artist, photographer, researcher, and tri-lingual writer, he has presented and published his work in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Octaviano currently serves on the board of Adelante Mujeres, OCIMO, and Beaverton Police-Community Advisory Committee, Washington County Unite Oregon Advisory Committee, Oregon Community Foundation Portland Leadership Committee, METRO’s Public Engagement Review Committee and he is the founder of Tierragua.