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Meet Carmen Rubio

Carmen Rubio knows the power of community. When we come together and get organized, we can accomplish more together than any of us can alone.

Carmen began her career of serving others in the offices of Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. She served as a policy advisor and worked to engage Portlanders on critical issues. In each of those roles, Carmen was known for her dedication to making local government more accessible and more responsive to all of our communities – making Portland work for everyone.

In 2009, Carmen was tapped as the executive director of Latino Network, a small organization that advocated for Portland's growing Latinx community. They had effective programs, but with fewer than a dozen hard-working staff, and very little funding, they were struggling to meet the growing demand for their work.

Under Carmen's leadership, Latino Network focused on its core values and worked with the staff and community to dream much bigger. Most importantly, she recognized the tremendous power the community has when bringing people together to solve problems together.

Today, Latino Network’s team of 120 talented people lifts up youth and families to achieve their potential and self-determine their lives by engaging parents, supporting early literacy and high school completion, working with system-impacted youth and families, and providing energy and rent assistance to those in need of support. Through its advocacy and leadership development for teens and adults, Latino Network has helped a community catalyze social change, create opportunities to succeed, and determine its own future.

Now it's time for Carmen to return to her roots in the public sector.

As Portland’s next city commissioner, Carmen will do more than just open the doors of City Hall to the community; she’ll lead the fight to ensure that the leaders making hard decisions are truly representative of everyone in our city.

Carmen Rubio was born and raised in Hillsboro, the granddaughter of immigrants who came to this country as migrant workers. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and will be the first Latina on the Portland City Council.