Woodburn fills community relations post
City of Woodburn announced last week that Maricela Guerrero has been named as its new community relations manager.
Guerrero will replace Gustavo Gomez, who did not return to the position earlier this year.
Guerrero moves into the position after working as Woodburn's economic development specialist, which she's been doing for the past 6 months.
"Maricela has excelled in her role as the city's economic development specialist since she began working here just 6 short months ago and is very well qualified for her new position," Assistant City Administrator Jim Row said.
Prior to hiring on in Woodburn, Guerrero's work included four years as a destination development manager for Travel Salem; six years as a program manager for Alliance for a Healthier Generation; several years as a program officer for Meyer Memorial Trust; several years as a citizen's contract representative in the Office of the Governor of Oregon, and nearly 10 years as a youth services policy analyst for Oregon Department of Human Services.
Guerrero's familiarity with the area runs deep as she grew up just down the road in Mount Angel. She graduated from Kennedy High School in the 1980s before studying at Oregon State University. She earned a bachelor's of arts in political science and an MBA.
Guerrero has three kids, and her extended family members all hail from Oregon.
"I love to travel, go on road trips, check out new places and hike," Guerrero said. "If not out and about, I can be found curled up with a book or watching my favorite TV series.
"I am very excited about my new role with the city. I look forward to connecting with the community in building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships," she added.