Latino Partnership Program
Established in 2013, The Latino Partnership Program (LPP) is a statewide program of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) that addresses the challenges facing the Latino/x community.
With the support of many volunteers, we center the voices and experiences of the Latinos/x in our efforts by leaning into the strengths and collective wisdom of our comunidades (communities) across Oregon.
Our Funding Priorities and Funding Process:
In 2017, LPP staff developed a five-year strategic plan to guide the program in the coming years based on LPP evaluation findings, community conversations and aided by recent research. The plan also included a priority to embed the LPP and Latino community priorities in OCF’s broad framework as a strategic objective. The following are LPP’s focus areas:
- Latino/x Education
- Latino/x Leadership Development
- Community Bridge Building
- Latino/x Wealth Building (added in December 2020)
LPP is currently developing a new strategic plan - more to come soon!
How LPP works
LPP funds programs and projects that serve the Latino/x community across Oregon. We partner and support community leaders and organizations working in LPP's focus areas. Examples of partnerships are: convenings and gatherings, topic focused conversations, sponsorships, and more.
LPP Statewide Advisory Council functions as an advisory committee to OCF. Council members assist and advise OCF in the direction and implementation of the Latino Partnership Program’s strategies.
- Wendy Veliz, Chair, Northern Willamette Valley
- Mark Holloway, Vice Chair, Metropolitan Portland
- Nancy Bales, Metropolitan Portland
- Gina Galaviz-Yap, Southern Willamette Valley
- Jonathan Garcia, Metropolitan Portland
- Sidronio “Sid” Rangel, Eastern Oregon
- Whitney Swander, Central Oregon
- Maria Ramos Underwood, Southern Oregon
LPP celebrates the regional diversity of Latinos/x across Oregon. We accomplish our statewide goals with the partnership of our regional committees.
Our regional committees are leaders within their communities and provide direction around regional priorities for LPP.
Regional Committee Members
Serving Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties:
- Christine Walker
- Priscilla Calleros
- Rosie Laurie
- Greg Delgado
- Carlos Salcedo
- Amanda Jamison
- Rutila Galavan Rodriguez
- Evelia Sandoval
- Claudia Bisso-Fetzer
- Steaphanie Beamer
- Zavier Borja
- Sandy Cassio
- Gabriela Peden
- Laura Handy
- Whitney Swaner
- Wesley Heredia
- Jenny McGee
- Milagros Aparicio
Serving Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties:
- Daniel Santos
- Lisa Harnisch
- Lane Shetterly
- Jaime Arredondo
- Jose Gonzalez
- Miriam Vargas Corona
- Miriam Cummins
- Matias Trejo de Dios
- Cynthia De La Torre
Serving Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties:
- Susie Garcia
- Jonathan Chavez Baez
- Alfonso Chavez
- Katie Mena
- Arturo Onesto
- Alessandra De La Torre
- Angelica Mendoza
LPP Community Engagement and Community Building
Table for 12
Community members share a meal and stories to highlight Latino experiences in Oregon. Each gathering brings together small groups of people from diverse backgrounds in a relaxed and engaging forum that encourages personal connections and community-driven solutions.