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Q&A with Veronica Valenzuela, Policy Advisor, METRO

Knowing the important regional work we do at Metro is positively impacting the lives of people in our communities. Even though the work at Metro can be very technical, it is also some of the most important policy work that goes unnoticed by many people because they are busy living their lives, working, raising families or other important things.


Rising to Excellence: Q&A with Elizabeth Sato, YWCA Woman of Achievement

Spring 2008 – "My three greatest strengths and interest are in business, nonprofit organization (NPO) management and ministry implementation. I like the fact that I created a business where I can work in the three arenas I love the best and have the most experience. A great deal of important change is affected by NPO’s and ministries. I also love working with businesses, both emerging and established, and I find it quite rewarding to work with minority and women-owned businesses."

"I never promise what I cannot deliver and I deliver what I promise. I am a networker so if I cannot do what you seek or get you where you need to go, I refer you to someone who can. I never hesitate to pass work on to others." read more

In Her Own Words: Cyreena Boston (D) Candidate for Oregon House District 45

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the May 2008 primary races, Cyreena Boston won the Republican write-in vote and lost the Democratic primary.

Winter 2008 – "As a young African-American who has grown up in the district and has worked on issues of human and health services, I have also worked on organizing and building better partnerships between the public and private sectors." read more

Advocating for Change: Claire Oliveros Honored Among 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S.

Winter 2008 – "The Philippines is my family’s homeland. I care because it’s my cultural heritage and ancestry, identifying as a Filipina in the U.S. I feel like our experience as Filipinos in the U.S. is directly related to the colonial history between the Philippines and the United States. We have an entangled history." read more

Melvin Oden-Orr, attorney-at-law, focuses on small businesses in public works arena

Summer 2007 – Since starting his own firm in 2005, Oden-Orr is energized by the opportunity to work with small businesses – particularly those owned by entrepreneurs of color. Establishing his own legal practice after stints at Tri-Met and the PDC, Oden-Orr brings in-depth knowledge about municipal and public law. read more

Kathy Hampton brings 'woman's spin' to construction cleanup jobs 

Spring 2007 – In both her professional and personal lives, Kathy Hampton has always worn many hats. Working alongside her husband in the construction industry, she always worked two jobs, while also raising a family. When she started her own business in 2006, Kathy was prepared to tackle new challenges read more

Blending Tech Savvy with Business Acumen to Launch Startups

Winter 2007 – As the founder of two high-tech business ventures: Virtualosity Solution, LLC and Viet Tech Co., Ltd, Steve (Tri) Nguyen (pictured left) is following in the footsteps of entrepreneurs who have successfully merged their tech expertise with business acumen. read more

Lo's Contracting Expands Services

Fall 2006 – Since taking the plunge to start his own business in 2002, Amadou Lo, founder and owner of Lo’s Contracting, has expanded his service offerings and experienced increased revenues. What began as a one-man, one-truck janitorial service in 2002, Lo’s Contracting now employs 10 skilled workers operating five vehicles. read more


Let the Games Begin!

Cyberscape Internet café in Beaverton draws tech-savvy Latino crowd (Summer 2006)

Behind the Lens

In her own words: Monica Kinnaird, founder of Chosenphotography, talks about her unique approach to portrait photography (Summer 2006)


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