Rafael Bautista | Board Liaison
Rafael was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and has lived in Oregon for 22 years. He has 4 children ages 21, 15, 8 and 6, and enjoys playing basketball with his kids and watching soccer during his free time. Rafael was part of the first group of Lideres Verdes, a group of community leaders compensated by Verde to participate in up to 100 hours of training in community organizing. Rafael lives in the Cully neighborhood, and joined the Board in September 2012. He serves as the Board liaison to the Verde Outreach Advisors.
Demetria (Demi) Espinoza | Native American Youth and Family Center
Demi Espinoza is the Coordinator for the Coalition of Communities of Color and NAYA Family Center’s Community/Economic Development. Demi set her roots in Portland after residing from the desert area of Southern California, where she grew up and went to college. Her prior work experience includes a background in political campaigns with Equality California’s Win Marriage Back field manager and as a Union Satisfaction Representative for Health Care workers at Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Before starting with the Coalition, she was an organizer with Basic Rights Oregon’s Marriage Matters campaign to manage an LGBT Inter- Faith Taskforce committee to build coalitions with open and affirming congregations. Currently, she volunteers with Basic Rights Oregon’s Our Families leadership team, seeking to uplift the voices of LGBT people of color through statewide public education efforts and is also a cohort member of Unidas, Latino/a statewide leadership program. She is inspired by the people and the community she works with every day.
Queta Gonzalez | Center for Diversity & the Enviroment
Queta believes that our differences can make us stronger. A commitment to family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin her actions and activities. Her work in social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and continued to grow ever since. She is the Program Director for the Center for Diversity & the Environment where she works with people across the United States to build a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environmental movement.
Karen Guillen | Portland Parks & Recreation
Karen works as a community engagement coordinator for Portland Parks & Recreation, and focuses her efforts on increasing access to the bureau's services and facilities for underrepresented communities, building staff capacity towards greater inclusiveness and working on equity and access initiatives in the bureau's strategic plan. Karen's prior work included City of Gresham's Department of Environmental services, where she led outreach initiatives to increase awareness about resource conservation and recycling issues in the community as the City's recycling coordinator, and work with Metro's Solid Waste & Recycling division and with Hacienda CDC in the Cully Neighborhood. She is passionate about connecting and empowering communities towards authentic civic engagement. She currently serves on the leadership team of Portland's Environmental Professionals of Color, Verde's community outreach advisory committee, and is a diversity fellowship graduate research assistant at PSU, completing her master's in urban and regional planning with an environmental specialization.
Carolina Iraheta | City of Portland, Safe Routes to School Program
Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez currently works with the City of Portland, Safe Routes to School program. She works with school communities to improve the walking and biking conditions around schools so that students may safely walk, bike and roll to school. She is passionate about social justice and has worked with many local non-profits over the past 15 years. She is a Cal Berkeley alum, the 2010 recipient of the City of Portland’s Youth Champion Award and is the 2015 Women in Transportation Seminar Rosa Parks Diversity and Leadership Award recipient. She has lived in Portland her whole life and enjoys the many quirks that the City has to offer.