Collins Foundation appoints CAPACES Leadership Institute of Woodburn's executive director to its board

CAPACES Leadership Institute Executive Director Jaime Arredondo has been appointed to the Collins Foundation board of trustees, the foundation announced recently.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Jaime Arredondo

The Collins Foundation invests in rural and urban Oregon nonprofits dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. 

The foundation's vision states: "We want the state of Oregon to be a place where all people have access to high quality, culturally responsible services in sectors such as health, social services, education, housing, and employment. We also envision vibrant neighborhoods and communities where residents enjoy access to healthy food; a rich variety of artistic and cultural expression; and the benefits of Oregon's natural environment."

Born in Las Ranas, Michoacan, Mexico, Arredondo was raised within Oregon's farmworker movement, harvesting crops for 12 years before landing a job in high school as "beverage boy" in Willamette University's Goudy Commons cafeteria.

He later attended Willamette where he earned bachelor's degrees in rhetoric, media studies and Spanish. When he was a freshman, some of his dorm mates would kiddingly still refer to him as the "beverage boy."

"When I was a kid, I had no idea what college was or what a non-profit was," Arredondo said. "I've been working in non-profits for years, and now I'm on the other end of that (serving on a board of trustees)...I'm still processing what it means to be there."

He's held leadership roles as a community organizer and director of fund development with Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, and he's served as secretary-treasurer of PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, and executive director of Accion Politica PCUNista.

Arredondo also serves on the 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, and PCUN's Board of Directors.

He is joined on the Collins Foundation Board by fellow newcomers Serena Cruz, executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, and Kimberlee Pierce Sheng, executive director of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

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