Maria Paz Herrera

Youth Engagement Specialist

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Maria joined Latino Network’s School Based Programs team in 2016 as a Youth Engagement Specialist. She works with high school and middle school students and implements Latino Network’s Conexiones and Early Escalera programs in schools throughout Portland.

Born in Colombia and then living in Mexico for most of her childhood, Maria discovered her passion for sustainability when she studied architecture in college in Mexico City. Her green thumb and environmental interests motivated her to move to Portland to pursue a master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education, which she now holds.

Before working with Latino Network, Maria worked with Portland State students at the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Portland. The thing that motivates her most to do this work is to transform students’ lives through education.

When she isn’t doing amazing things for the Latino community, Maria likes to practice yoga and meditation. She is also an avid gardener and participates in local gardening organizations throughout the city.