OLAA held its third bi-annual Summit as a platform to establish strategic priorities for meeting the over-arching needs of the growing number of Latino Oregonians. This year’s theme, Changing the Face of Leadership and Power, covered two important topics 1) the importance of being civically engaged and 2) demystifying/what it means to run for office.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Warner Pacific College
McGuire Auditorium
2219 SE 68th Avenue
Portland, OR 97215

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Keynote Speaker Marissa Madrigal

Multnomah County Chief Operating Officer

marissaMarissa Madrigal grew up in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Ridgefield, Washington. She earned credits from Clark College while still in high school and entered the University of Washington at 18 holding junior status. After graduating with a degree in zoology, she began writing and publishing a local magazine.

Since her arrival at Multnomah County in 2006, Marissa has worked to ensure all residents have access to their government.

“Access means that when people come to one of our buildings they feel safe. They feel they can give input and feel like they’re being heard. It also means we’re transparent – providing services and information in a way that is clear and accountable,” she says. “If we can’t communicate with people, we can’t serve them.”

Marissa served as interim Multnomah County Chair for ten months in 2013 after an opening was declared by the Board of Commissioners following the previous chair’s resignation.

Now she is Chief Operating Officer, overseeing day-to-day operations at the county and making sure Chair Kafoury is well informed.

“What I want to provide for Chair Kafoury,” Marissa says, is “the right information at the right time with the right level of detail so that she can make the best decisions possible for the organization.”

Marissa is married with two children, a four-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. She lives in Southeast Portland where she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden and writing. She also loves Mexican cooking and considers herself a “master mole maker.”

Program Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am
Registration: Networking and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am 
Welcoming Remarks

9:30am – 11:00am 
Topic I: Changing the Face of Leadership – The Importance of Being Civically Engaged

Moderator: Maria Chavez-Haroldson

Panelists: Luis Nava, Andrea Valderrama, Diego Hernandez, Jonath Colon,                             Jess Giannettino Villatoro

11:00am – 12:00pm 
Equal Representation by 2024

Presenters: Alberto Moreno, Maria Lisa Johnson

12:00pm – 2:00pm  
Luncheon, Awards and Keynote Speaker

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Topic II: Changing the Face of Power – Demystifying/What it Means to Run for Office

Moderator: Beverly Stein

Panelists: Rep Joe Gallegos, Rep Jessica Vega Pederson, Olga Acuña, Serena Cruz Walsh

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Building the Latino Legislative Agenda for 2015 and Beyond

4:15pm – 4:30pm














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