Meet our passionate and experienced leadership

Guadalupe Quinn, Board President

Guadalupe worked as an organizer for CALC for many years, she is a founding member of the statewide organization CAUSA which is the single most important organization in the State for promoting Latino initiatives and causes. Guadalupe also was a board member and active participant in Amigos de los Sobrevivientes, an organization designed to help Guatemalan and other refugees. The work of this organization and Kids on the Border, another similar organization whose purpose is to protect and assist kids who are fleeing violence in Latin America has been paramount in this community. Guadalupe is a force for good and positive change in our community and her tireless efforts on behalf of all Latino's cannot be overemphasized.

Reuben Zahler, Secretary

Reuben is a professor of History at the University of Oregon. He is a member of Temple Beth Israel and of the Jewish Community Relations Committee. In addition to his services for GLAD, Reuben facilitates relations with the university and the Jewish community.

Raquel Hecht

Raquel is an immigration attorney who runs her own law firm, overseeing 15 employees in two offices statewide. Raquel has worked tirelessly for over 24 years to help Latino's and other immigrants obtain immigration benefits in our community. She is the author of two important published decisions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that to this day have a significant impact of the rights of immigrants in immigration proceedings in the Ninth Circuit. She has argued numerous cases in federal and immigration court on behalf of immigrants and spent countless pro-bono hours working with low income immigrants on the brink of deportation. Raquel is a frequent lecturer both statewide and nationally on immigration policy, and more recently, on the ethics of immigration practice. She was recently appointed to the Ethics Committee of the Oregon State Bar.

Chris Wig

Chris is the current Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County. He works as the Director of the Treatment Court Program at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, and he serves as Chair of the Eugene Civilian Review Board and as a Member of the Intergovernmental Housing Policy Board. Chris brings organizational and administrative experience and has political connections throughout the region.

Dan Tichenor

Daniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and Director of the Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. His research interests include immigration and refugee policy, presidential politics, social movements, interest groups, children and politics, and American political development. Tichenor teaches courses on Power and Inequality, Democratic Dilemmas, American Government, The American Presidency, Public Policy and Democracy, Immigration and Refugee Politics, and American Political Development. He has received a variety of teaching and mentorship awards, including the University of Oregon's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.
He created and directs the Wayne Morse Scholars program, which provides seminars, internships, and community for UO sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are passionate about public affairs and service. He also runs the Public Affairs Speaker Series for the Wayne Morse Center.
He has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and history, and enjoys taking his academic work to popular audiences on National Public Radio and cable news, as well as to readers of The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, and The Nation. He has been a Research Fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, a Faculty Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and the Abba P. Schwartz Fellow of Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Carmen Urbina

Carmen Xiomara Urbina is the Deputy Director for the Oregon Department of Education and the Director of the Oregon Center for Educational Equity and the former Migrant Education Program Coordinator for Lane and Douglas County with Lane ESD. She was the Program Development and Outreach Coordinator with the Educational, Methodology, Policy and Leadership Department at the College of Education. She also was the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Eugene School District 4J and former Executive Director of Centro LatinoAmericano. Carmen attended the University of Santa Monica where she was awarded a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and Oregon State University where she was awarded a B.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economic and a Minor in International Economics; she also holds an associate degree in business administration and accounting.
She was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Council on Educator Advancement and the Early Learning Council; and is an active member of Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA); as well as, the Executive Committee Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA). She is an active Board Member of GLAD, and volunteers her time in several non-profit organizations in Lane County.

Jorge Navarro

Jorge is an entrepreneur who runs his own catering and food truck business. He is a former Executive Director of the Centro Latino Americano, a local Latino social services agency. He was on the Board of Directors of Huerto de la Familia; a service agency designed to help immigrants and others learn to garden and grow their own produce. In addition, he is the Program Manager for Cambios Micro Development Classes of Huerto de la Familia. His work experience has brought him to understand the economic and social needs of Latinos in our community and to push for reform and better living conditions within our community.

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