Latinx Institute for Public Service
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:00am

 Newly Elected Officials 


 Past/Future Candidates 

 Citizen Advisory Board Members and Key Staff 

 Newly Elected Officials 


Oregon Latino Agenda for Action (OLAA) and the Center for Public Service (CPS) in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, are offering a specially-designed training program, for Latinx by Latinx, to support your efforts to effectively represent your constituency at-large and the Latinx community. You will learn how to navigate challenges and opportunities as an incumbent, newly-elected official, past/future candidate, board member or key senior staff member.


This first-of-its-kind event will kick-off with a Reception on August 10th 6 pm - 8 pm featuring an exciting national speaker to be formally announced in July. Come network and meet other Latinx leaders like you. Additional reception guest tickets can be purchased for $25 per ticket.


Following an invigorating night of meeting with other Latinx leaders, the Conference on August 11th 9am-5pm, will address core challenges facing Latinx leaders, beginning with a discussion with key Oregon Latinx leaders on the essence of leadership, including, leading with values, how to be an effective leader, representing multiple constituencies, communication strategies, and coalition building.



Pricing includes your reception entrance, conference, and parking. (Reception RSVP on August 10 is automatically added to your conference/event registration.)

Individual Rate: $300

Jurisdiction Rate (2 person minimum): $150*


Accommodation options are provided at PSU's Ondine dorms at an additional cost.

Single Room Rate: $60

Shared Room Rate: $30 Additional Reception Guests (plus one's) $25/ person


*For small jurisdictions, those with a budget of less than $2 million dollars, please email for a 50% discount code on individual and jurisdictional rates. Limited Scholarships are available, but before requesting a scholarship we encourage that you first ask your jurisdiction to fund your attendance. The deadline to apply is July 14, please contact Jennifer Martinez



Jessica Vega Pederson

Currently serves on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners District 3 and prior to being elected to the commission, Jessica served as a State Representative in the Oregon legislature where she was the first Latina elected to the House. In the legislature, Jessica fought for issues such as immigration rights, paid sick time and pay equity to improve the lives of working Oregonians. As chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, she championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix. She serves on the board of Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and lives in East Portland with her husband and two children.


Joe Hertzberg

A partner in Solid Ground Consulting and formerly on the Political Science faculty at Yale University – has worked in Oregon for more than 25 years, specializing in strategy, leadership, and organization. He has helped many state and local government agencies set goals and determine how to work together more effectively. He has worked with elected city councils (including Portland, Beaverton, Bend, Coos Bay, Lake Oswego, and Los Angeles), county commissions (including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Lane), school boards (including Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro), and special districts.


Joe Gallegos

A Professor Emeritus of the University of Portland–in 2012 he served in the Oregon House of Representative where he sponsored no less than a dozen successful bills promoting the welfare of communities of color and low-income citizens. As vice-chair of the Higher Ed and Workforce Development committees, he continued to pass several bills enhancing education and welfare in Oregon. The National Association of Social Work recently honored him as a Pioneer for his contributions. Dr. Gallegos continues to provide social research and program assessment/training through his consulting firm, Western Research Associates.




Friday, August 10, 2017
Ace Hotel Cleaners
1022 SW Stark St. Portland, OR 97205


Friday, August 11, 2017
Parsons Gallery, Room 212
506 SW Mill St. Portland, OR 97205



Jennifer Martinez
(503) 725-8261