We look for a strong commitment to dignity and respect of all workers, and people who have the “Si Se Puede” spirit of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Our board members have deep connections to farmworker, and Latinx immigrant communities in Oregon.
Linda Sarai Roman
Linda Roman is the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and México. She grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. Fueled by her parents and community she fiercely learned that policy making can be a tool for justice and opportunity. She currently works for Governor Kate Brown as the Deputy Legislative Director. Under her leadership she works on advising the Governor’s priorities which has included Medicaid funding for 1.1 million Oregonains, Census funding for a complete count, paid postage for voters, driver’s licenses, immigration defense fund, public health, emergency preparedness and resiliency for the Cascadia Earthquake.
Previously, she was the Government Relations & Health Policy Director at the Oregon Latino Health Coalition and the Oregon Health Equity Alliance where she executed and crafted state-wide campaigns to secure over $65 million for health care coverage for undocumented children and immigrants, which is the largest legislative allocation to immigrant communities in Oregon history. Through her 5 years of leadership, Oregon now provides health care insurance for all children regardless of citizenship, prenatal care, and expanded reproductive health care for all people. Additionally, she has fought for working families as a community organizer on ballot measure campaigns, pioneering intersectional coalitions for policy change, and engineering strategies centered on building an equitable and inclusive Oregon.
Linda, believes in building political power and policy for working families. She serves as the Secretary Treasurer on the Board of PCUN, the farmworker union in the Willamette Valley and was the youngest recipient of the Portland Business Journal Health Care for the Future and Innovation 5 under 40 award and the Center for Women’s Politics and Policy Leadership Award. She graduated Cum Laude as a first-generation student with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Portland State University where she focused her studies on the intersection of immigration and health care access. In her spare time, Linda enjoys gardening, lifting weights and traveling.
Emilio Solano was raised in Salem, graduating from Sprague High School, and is the grandson of immigrant field workers. After graduating from Willamette in 2009 with a B.A. in History and American Ethnic Studies, Solano was accepted into the Teach for America Corps and relocated to Los Angeles where he taught for 6 years and earned a masters degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University. Solano returned home in 2016 to become the Executive Director of Willamette Academy, Willamette University’s college access program which, each year, serves approximately 150 8th-12th grade students from historically underrepresented communities in higher education from the Salem-Keizer School District.
Laura was born and raised in Mexico. She went to school in Mexico. Laura immigrated to Oregon in 1985. During her early years in Oregon, Laura worked as farmworker and attended school to learn English. In 1994, she was recruited to work as a Lay Health Promoter for Salud Medical Center where she obtained various health Certifications and led various outreach efforts in farmworker communities. In 1999 Laura began working with FHDC as the Social Service Director. At FHDC Laura developed After School and summer enrichment programs. Then Laura became FHDC’s Community Leadership Director and now oversees the organization’s educational and leadership programs, community organizing, and one-to-one resident services at FHDC three housing communities in Woodburn, Salem, and Independence, Oregon. From 2011 to 2017, Laura was the Executive Director of the Capaces Leadership Institute.
Jaime is a proud immigrant from Las Ranas, Michoacan, Mexico. He is the Executive Director of the Capaces Leadership Institute and has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 14 years. Some of his favorite roles have included: tour guide, smiles provider, peace maker, convener, agitator (with a smile), story teller, and wannabe graphic designer and handy person.
Jaime enjoys running, spending time with family, volunteering, and watching sports. His favorite foods are mole and sandwiches. He is also a proud father of two beautiful daughters.
Jaime’s involvements—probably too many
Jaime serves on the Collins Foundation Board, Western Oregon University Board of Trustees, Oregon’s Youth Development Council, ColorPAC, Chemeketa Community College President’s Community Leaders Advisory Committee, Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project Mid Valley Advisory Council, Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network Steering Committee and is President of PCUN’s Board of Directors.