TEL: (503) 359-0446 ext: 26
Executive Director, Centro Cultural of Washington County, community activist & life-long advocate for the Chicano/Latino community.
Born and raised in Pomona California, northeast of Los Angeles and one of 12 brothers and sisters. Both parents migrated to the United States after the Mexican Revolution and followed the migrant trail through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and finally California working in the fields, ranches, farms, packing sheds and orchards. His father Romulo worked in the Kaiser Steel mills in Fontana California for 30 years. After his father passed, his mother Elodia raised the family.
Education: Liberal Arts – Mt. San Antonio College; University of California at Los Angeles, School of Fine Arts, Motion Picture Television Production, minor Political Science , School of Business, Eastern Washington University and Non Profit Management, Portland State University.
Jose has held a variety of executive and administrative positions in the non-profit sector for over 25 years covering all areas in workforce development, child care, community development, affordable housing development, small business development and community centers; and is experienced in writing grants. He owned a successful construction business in Benicia, California before moving to Eastern Washington in 1992 and to Portland Oregon in 1996.
Jose understands the needs and challenges of the working poor within the Latino community; its impact on the homeless and families who work hard every day and still can’t furnish themselves or their families with the average necessities of life and who live without adequate education, employment, nutrition, shelter and health care.
“El ruido no hace bien; el bien no hace ruido”. San Vicente de Paúl