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Meet Yolonda Salguiero
Meet Yolonda Salguiero

Yolonda is the Native American Student & Community Center Program Coordinator. She has Yakama, Warm Springs, and Mexican ancestry. She grew up on the Yakama Reservation in Toppenish, Washington before moving to Oregon to attend college at Portland State University (PSU). At PSU she studied Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education and graduated with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2006. After a departmental layoff from Portland Police Bureau as a Civilian Background Investigator, she returned to higher education to earn her Master of Social Work degree. She has worked for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Oregon Health & Science University, the State of Oregon and the Native American Youth and Family Center. She was part of the 2012-2013 Native American LEAD program and a member of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, lifting weights and being humbled during her Crossfit classes.