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State legislative chief of staff, Adriana Miranda, has been named as Causa Oregon's new executive director

COURTESY OF CAUSA - Adriana Miranda becomes the new Causa Oregon executive director on November 18Causa Oregon announced last week that Adriana Miranda has been named as the immigrant-rights group's new executive director.

Miranda comes to Causa following a national search and will replace Andrea Williams, who has served in the post since September of 2013.

Miranda has served as the chief of staff for Oregon State Rep. Diego Hernandez and Rep. Joseph Gallegos where she worked collaboratively with coalition partners, lobbyists, and various legislative teams to develop strong bipartisan policy. Her work has afforded a close familiarity with Causa.

"Adriana has been a long-time partner to Causa, where she most recently worked with us closely to pass the Equal Access to Roads Act through her role in Representative Hernandez's office," Williams said. "I'm excited to see Adriana's leadership now as the next Causa executive director, and I know she'll build on Causa's successes and advance immigrant rights even further."

Causa sources said Miranda will lead a team committed to improving the lives of Oregon's immigrant families through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development and civic engagement. The group's advocacy championed the passage of Equal Access to Roads Act; a bipartisan act that reinstates the ability to apply for a standard driver's license for any Oregonian who can provide proof of identity, pass the written safety exam and driving test, and prove that they live in Oregon, regardless of citizenship status.

In 2018, Causa led the successful "No on Measure 105" campaign that protected Oregon's 31-year-old sanctuary law. It was defeated by a 27-point margin.

"Causa has been at the forefront of the immigrant rights struggle in Oregon for decades, and so it's a tremendous honor for me to join the Causa team," Miranda said.

"Our current national anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric and policies are negatively impacting the lives of Oregon families. Oregon families are living in fear and are discriminated against," she added. "As the new executive director for Causa, I am committed to collectively leading the work of fighting for immigrant families and immigrant rights through coalition building, advocacy, and cultural shift work."

That confidence resonates with Causa staff and supporters.

"Adriana is a great fit to lead our talented and experienced team," Causa's Board President Jessica Gianettino Villatoro said. "Adriana has demonstrated her dedication to the immigrant community and has worked with Causa in the past to create opportunities and improve the lives of immigrant Oregonians."

Causa staff reports note that Miranda is an immigrant, mother and active community leader. She has led and managed coalitions that focus on identifying the varied needs and challenges facing Oregon's most vulnerable communities.

For the past four years, Miranda has engaged in local and statewide legislative advocacy, having worked for the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations at the Oregon Department of Human Services and was a small business relationship specialist at Wells Fargo Bank.

Miranda is an active volunteer with Salem-Keizer School District and is a board member of Mano a Mano community organization and the Thompson-Patch Scholarship Fund. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time and creating meaningful memories with her three children, close friends and family.

Miranda officially takes the post on November 18. Cristina Marquez will continue to serve as Causa's interim director until then. Marquez will then return to her post as Causa's advocacy and civic engagement director.

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