Meet Our Team...

Jaime Arredondo

Born in Las Ranas Michoacan, Mexico. In 1990 he immigrated to Salem, Oregon with his family. Jaime worked as a farmworker picking crops for 12 years. In 2005, he began working with Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) as a Community Organizer and later became Director of Fund Development. From 2013-2017 Jaime was Secretary-Treasurer for PCUN and the Executive Director of Accion Politica PCUNista (APP), Oregon’s Latino progressive 501c4 organization. In 2011, Jaime was recognized by Shelterforce, the oldest community, economic development magazine in the nation, and selected as one of 6 under 36 young leaders in the country. Jaime serves on several boards including Western Oregon University’s Board of Trustees, Oregon’s Youth Development Council, and the Marion County Children and Families Advisory Commission.

Jaime Arredondo

Executive Director

Contact me at:

jaime@capacesleadership.org

Jules Martinez Plancarte

Jules was born in Patamban, Michoacan. At the age of 5 her family immigrated to Newberg, Oregon. Although Jules considers Newberg her hometown, her Indigenous Purépecha roots continue to play a key role in her professional work and community service. Jules graduated with a double major from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a BA in Law and Human Rights & Spanish Literature. She is currently finishing up her Master’s program in Nonprofit Leadership. In her free time you will find Jules training for a half marathon, dancing or catching up on the latest political updates.

Jules Martinez Plancarte

Associate Director

Contact me at:

jules@capacesleadership.org 

Maricela Andrade

A native of Michoacán, Mexico. She lived with her parents at FHDC’s Nuevo Amanecer farmworker housing project in Woodburn and worked part time at Nuevo Amanecer’s Cipriano Ferrel Education Center in the after-school program starting in 2006. She graduated from Woodburn High School in 2006 and Chemeketa Community College in 2011.

Maricela Andrade

Accountant | Administrative Assistant

Contact me at:

maricela@capacesleadership.org

Eduardo Serrano

Eduardo grew up in Woodburn, Oregon. He is the oldest of his three siblings, and a proud son of immigrant parents. He is a first generation Chicano student, who graduated Woodburn High School in 2005, and attended Oregon State University with a focus on Marketing and Computer Science. Eduardo has been involved in activist community based programs, and does free-lance multimedia content for websites, musicians and other artists.

Eduardo Serrano

Communications Coordinator

Contact me at:

eduardo@capacesleadership.org

Sofia Baum

Sofia was raised in Junction City, OR and is the youngest of 3 to proud parents and business owners. She graduated from Oregon State University with B.S. in Business Administration and Sustainability. Sofia's mestiza identity of Mexican-American (Tejana) and Jewish roots play a key role in her activism, community building and push for equity. On her free time you can find her singing, dancing, painting and backpacking in the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Sofia Baum

Capital Campaign Manager

Contact me at:

sofia@capacesleadership.org  

Javier Lara

Javier is originally from the state of Guerrero, Mexico and now based in Woodburn, Oregon. In the last 6 years he has focused on growing traditional plants and vegetables in a way that allows us to exercise our ancestral traditions through agriculture. With this in mind, he focuses in unifying our grandfather's/ grandmother's ancestral knowledge and practices with our youth, to keep our relationship with the land, plants, fungi, and every being that gives us knowledge and allows us to coexist alive. As a hobby, he likes to hike in the mountains, collect plants, roots, and wild mushrooms. Also, he enjoys making string instruments, traditional Native American stone pipes, and traditional cooking.

Javier Lara

Anahuac

Program Manager

Contact me at:

javier@capacesleadership.org  

Monica Cerda Ortiz

A proud daughter of immigrants, Monica became passionate about advocating for the immigrant community. She graduated from North Salem High School in 2016 and earned her B.A in Spanish with a leadership certificate from Western Oregon University in 2020. Monica is currently in the M.S.Ed program at Western. Through her role at CAPACES she hopes to engage community leaders in leadership development in their communities and realizes that even one policy can have a major impact on people's lives.

Monica Cerda Ortiz

People’s Representatives

Program Manager

Contact me at:

monica@capacesleadership.org 

Daisy Santana

Daisy grew up in Tototlán del Oro, Jalisco, Mexico. She is the middle child of seven siblings and loves being a part of a big family! Daisy immigrated to Oregon with her older siblings at the age of thirteen. Going through the English Language Learners program and experiencing firsthand the positive impact a mentor can have in a young person’s life sparked her passion for education and advocacy. She graduated from George Fox University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Daisy is currently in an M.A. in School Counseling program to continue guiding better and serving youth.

Daisy Santana

TURNO

Program Manager

Contact me at:

daisy@capacesleadership.org

Josefina Cruz Bautista

Josefina was born in Las Balsas, Puebla Mexico and now lives in Woodburn, Oregon. Josefina has been actively serving her community as a volunteer with the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program for three years helping children with reading support and as a promotora of FHDC for two years helping community members to have access to resources. Josefina’s hobbies include hikes in the mountains, dancing, going out with friends, listening to music, and watching movies.

Josefina Cruz Bautista

Anahuac Program Support Specialist

Contact me at:

josefina@capacesleadership.org  

Susana Ortiz

Susana is a proud first-generation immigrant, daughter of immigrants. In 2016, Susana attended Chemeketa Community College where she received an Associates in General Studies and in 2018, she transferred to Western Oregon University and graduated with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Social Science, Humanities, and Biology. During her free time, you will find her hiking, playing tennis, or freelancing as a local Photographer in the area. Her life mission is to inspire and amplify the voices of her community, all in hopes for a better tomorrow.

Susana Ortiz

Alianza Poder CHWH Project Coordinator 

Contact me at:

susana@capacesleadership.org  

Ashley Orozco

Ashley was born and raised in Washington state. She is the proud daughter of immigrant parents, and the youngest of five siblings. Ashley moved to Oregon to attend Portland State University where she obtained her BA in Social Science and minored in Chicano Latino Studies. Ashley is passionate about helping Latinx youth and is motivated to give back to her community. In her free time, you can find Ashley exploring Oregon and dining in at the local restaurants with her husband and son.

Ashley Orozco

Alianza Poder CWBF Project Coordinator 

Contact me at:

ashley@capacesleadership.org  

Karina

Karina was born and raised in Woodburn Oregon, and is the oldest of four of her siblings. She is the daughter of immigrants who came to the the US from Oaxaca and Guanajuato, Mexico. She attends Woodburn High School at the Academy of International Studies and currently a student of the class of 2021. In her spare time she enjoys getting lost in good books, watching TV shows and watching anime.

Karina Leon

Anahuac Youth Fellow

Contact me at:

karinaleon@capacesleadership.org  

Aide Robles Rodriguez

Aide grew up in Woodburn, Oregon. She is the oldest of six kids and the daughter of parents who migrated from Oaxaca, Mexico. Although Aide's hometown is Woodburn, she is learning about her indigenous roots and ancestral traditions from her parent's hometown. She graduated from Woodburn High School in 2021 and currently attending Chemeketa Community College to receive her transfer degree. Aide is passionate about social justice and serving underrepresented communities. Her hobbies include reading political books, dancing, and karaoke singing.

Aide Robles Rodriguez

TURNO Program Support Specialist

Contact me at:

aide@capacesleadership.org  

Neida Robles

Neida is the second oldest of six children. Her parents are from the beautiful state of Oaxaca, Mexico. She will graduate from Woodburn High School in 2023 and plans on attending Chemeketa Community College for a transfer degree. Throughout high school, history has greatly interested Neida and inspires her. Neida has learned that history gives her access to rich pasts that tell the truth about the world. She also enjoys expressing herself through the arts, including acrylic painting, singing, and dancing in many styles. In addition, she indulges in endless hours of poetry-making.

Neida Robles

Capaces Movement Building Fellow

Contact me at:

neida@capacesleadership.org  

Jaidah Garcia

Jaidah is a junior at Western Oregon University double majoring in Psychology & Sociology and was born in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, she plans to attend law school. She is the daughter of a parent who migrated from Mexico City, Mexico, and is an American Descendant of Slavery through her mother. She is also passionate about advocating for Latinx and other underrepresented communities. In her free time, you will find her playing video games, watching TV shows, spending time with her family, or hitting the dance floor to a good cumbia.

Jaidah Garcia

Capaces Movement Building Fellow

Contact me at:

jaidah@capacesleadership.org  

Jaime Rodriguez

Jaime is the past President of AFT-Oregon and is a first generation college graduate and former farmworker. Jaime was raised near Fresno and has been living in Oregon ever since. He was employed with OHDC-Hillsboro but spent 21 years with Portland Community College. Jaime believes in education equality and access to higher education for everyone. He sits on the Board of PODER and Healthcare for all Oregon (HCAO).

Jaime Rodriguez

Capaces Movement Building Fellow

Contact me at:

jaimerodriguez@capacesleadership.org  

Daisy Vasquez-Villa

Daisy is the daughter of immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico. She was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. Daisy attended Chemeketa Community College and earned her associates degree (AAOT), and after graduating she transferred to Western Oregon University. She is currently in her final year at WOU and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in social science with a focus in sociology and minor in computer science. Her interest in language and culture has also led her to pursue two linguistic certificates. Specifically the Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate (TEFL) and a computational linguistic certificate. Daisy is passionate about higher education and the importance of empowering historically underrepresented communities.

Daisy Vasquez-Villa

Capaces Movement Building Fellow

Contact me at:

daisyvasquez@capacesleadership.org  

Board of Directors

Lorena Manzo

Lorena came into the movement as a member of Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas in 2003, later becoming a staff member. She served as the coordinator of the Capaces formation process in 2005. In 2006 she joined Causa, where she served as a community organizer until 2022. Lorena currently works with Legal Aid Services of Oregon as a Community Outreach Coordinator.

Lorena Manzo

Board Chair

Contact me at:

Lorena.manzo@lasoregon.org

Sandra Hernández-Lomelí

Sandra is a first-generation immigrant from Mexico, her family moved to Salem when she was ten years old. Sandra graduated from North Salem High School and later attended Willamette University, becoming the first in her family to graduate and earn a B.A. in Politics. She now works as the Director of Latinos Unidos Siempre (L.U.S.), a social justice, Latinx- youth-led organization based in Salem. Through L.U.S., youth are given political, social and cultural education to develop civic engagement and leadership skills.

Sandra Hernandez-Lomeli

Secretary/Treasurer

Contact me at:

sandra@lusyouth.org

Reyna Lopez

Reyna Lopez, is a daughter of immigrants from Mexico. She grew up in Salem, Oregon, and attended Willamette University where she graduated with a B.A. in Politics and Sociology. She has a strong history in advocacy, organizing, and movement building in Oregon. Most recently, she was the Outreach Director on the Measure 97 campaign. She was trained in the CAPACES Movement school of thought in Marion County, and has deep roots in Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Movement. Reyna is also the former Civic Engagement Director for Causa, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization.

Reyna Lopez

General Member

Contact me at:

reynalopez@pcun.org  

Levi Herrera

Levi graduated from McNary High School and attended Chemeketa Community College and Portland State University. He and his family have lived in Salem since 1992. He currently serves as a member of the Salem-Keizer Budget Committee, and the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council. He is a member of the Marion County Children & Families Commission and the Salem Mayor’s International Council. Since 2008, he has served as Executive Director to the Mano a Mano Family Center, an organization dedicated to helping strengthen families, founded in 1988.

Levi Herrera

General Member

Contact me at:

levi@manoamanofc.org

Rebeca Velásquez

Leaving behind roots in Michoacan, Mexico, Rebeca immigrated to Salem, OR in 1995. When she became a stay-at-home mom and began volunteering at rallies protesting the mushroom farms, she met members of MLP in 2004. Later, she then became part of the organization through their wreath making program, and in 2006 Rebeca began coordinating MLP and a few years later even got her own radio show on Radio Movimiento. She has had her show every Monday afternoon since 2010. She stays busy by participating and collaborating with other sister organizations, and is currently the Director of MLP.

Rebeca Velásquez

General Member

Contact me at:

rebeca_pcun@yahoo.com

Delia Olmos-García

Delia is the Executive Director at Willamette Academy, a college-access program at Willamette University. Born and raised in Oregon, Delia is excited about education, advocacy, and organizing to invest in youth and empower families. Delia is a graduate of Willamette University and currently working towards her MBA. Her experiences are shaped by living in Salem as a low-income youth, being the daughter of undocumented parents, and the first in her family to pursue higher education.

Delia Olmos-García

General Member

Contact me at:

olmosdelia@gmail.com  

Judy Márquez

Judy is a proud Purépecha. She was born in San Jerónimo Michoacán, México but was raised in the rural areas of Molalla and Woodburn, Oregon. She has volunteered at PCUN in the past as a community organizer for various measures. She is a board member of Woodburn’s Historical Museum and Theatre, and she has served and supported multiple school-based programs and parent led boards. She is currently a fifth-grade bilingual teacher for the Salem/Keizer School District and enjoys spending time with her children, being outdoors, participating in Danza Azteca.

Judy Márquez

General Member

Contact me at:

judymarquez.jm@gmail.com

Estrella Tapia

Estrella Tapia Gonzalez is a first generation student who immigrated from Morelos Mexico at the age of six. She has been involved with and has volunteered for various Capaces programs, like Anahuac and TURNO. Estrella's passion has always been helping her community, especially the Latin Community. Growing up in Woodburn, she has an appreciation for the rich and diverse culture that the community has, and is motivated as a young leader to give back while still focused on graduating from Highschool.

Estrella Tapia

General Member

Contact me at:

estrella@capacesleadership.org

Questions or Concerns?

Contact our Team,

503-902-0756

info@capacesleadership.org