Executive Director of the Native American Youth & Family Center
Paul Lumley is the new Executive Director of the Native American Youth & Family Center. Paul comes to NAYA after seven years as the Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. His ability to create and foster strong collaborations has helped CRITFC advance its mission of ensuring a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes. Paul has had a successful professional career, he has extensive experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities throughout the country, and he has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Native organizations he has led.
José Eduardo González – Board Vice-Chair
Executive Director & Founder of Milagro Theatre
José’s background includes ten years as a freelance scenic designer working in Oregon and California, forming his own scenic design company designing and building theatrical productions and special events throughout South Texas. He founded Miracle Theatre Group (aka Milagro) in 1985 with his wife, Teatro Milagro Artistic Director Dañel Malán. For Milagro, he has designed over 25 productions for the company, favorites include, Oyá: Call the Storm (2008), Lorca in a Green Dress (2004), and El Muerto Vagabundo (2016). González holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from UCLA and a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy and Arts History from the University of Santa Clara. He has studied in Vienna and traveled through Europe and the Middle East. In 1997, González was recognized as a Community Treasure by TACS-PGE/Enron. He has also received awards for “Outstanding Contribution to the Hispanic Community” from IMAGE of Washington County, 1992, and a Dramalogue Award for Excellence in Set Design for The Hostage, 1983. Under the pseudonym Martín Milagro, he has written five full-length plays produced by Milagro: Maria’s Magic Christmas (1989); Un Christmas Cuento (1991); ¡Cuentos! (1992); La Canción de Libertad (1993); and Chavez (1996). He has also penned two Spanish-language screenplays: Solución Familiar and Adios Tristeza for Washington County Aging Services. González has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts and Chicano/Latino Studies departments of Portland State University, and as a Visiting Arts Administration Specialist for the United States Information Agency, 1995 & 1996, conducting workshops in arts administration and fundraising with large and small organizations in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Lee Po Cha – Board Treasurer
Executive Director of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Mr. Cha has been with IRCO since 1982 in numerous leadership roles, including as Director of IRCO Asian Family Center, which he helped found in 1994. He because IRCO’s Executive Director in April 2015. A tireless advocate for culturally- and linguistically-specific services for the increasingly diverse children, youth, families and elders living in Oregon, he provides a voice for the community at large by serving on various commissions and boards, including the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, the New Portlander Policy Council board, A Home for Everyone board, the All Hands Raised board and the Multnomah County Commission on Youth and Families. Mr. Cha is also co-founder of the Coalition of Communities of Color. Additionally, Mr. Cha empowers our diverse African, Asian and Slavic immigrant and refugee community leaders by supporting community building and integration efforts within their communities.
Mr. Cha, who speaks Hmong, Lao, Thai, and English, has also provided extensive direct service to delinquent youth, gang-involved youth, teen parents, youth with anti-social behavior and their families. A former Hmong refugee from Laos, Mr. Cha came to Oregon in 1978 and received his Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University. He is a well-known cross-cultural trainer and a past president of Hmong American Community of Oregon.
Kara Carmosino – Board Secretary
Director of Programs of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Kara Carmosino currently serves as the Director of Programs at APANO and APANO Communities United Fund. She was born in Jeonju, South Korea and grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania as a transracial adoptee. She has a background in education, with experience facilitating discussion circles, classrooms, workshops, trainings, meetings and mediation processes. She graduated from the API Community Leadership Institute in 2013-14 and served as the volunteer co-chair of APANO’s Strong Families group before joining APANO as staff.
Previously, Kara worked at an alternative high school for low-income youth and served as Manager of Data and Partnerships for All Hands Raised, the backbone of a county-wide collective impact partnership. She received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.
Carmen Rubio – Board Member
Executive Director of Latino Network
Carmen Rubio is the Executive Director of the Latino Network. As the granddaughter of braceros and farmworkers from Durango and Chihuahuah, Mexico, her passion is in the advancement of educational achievement, leadership and community development of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos in Oregon. Originally from Hillsboro, Oregon, she has a career in communications, public policy and community relations.
Carmen has served in the administrations of former Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz, former Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Portland Commissioner Nick Fish. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon and studied at the University of Washington Graduate School of Communications.
Carmen is a recent fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon and the Robert Woods Johnson Ladders to Leadership program. She is a founding board member of Emerge Oregon, and also serves on the boards of All Hands Raised, Miracle Theater Group, Oregon Latino Health Coalition and the University of Oregon Alumni Association.
Djimet Dogo – Board Member
Director of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Africa House and Manager of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Employment Services
Djimet Dogo is the Director of IRCO/Africa House and Manager of IRCO’s Employment Services. Mr. Dogo has extensive education and training on community organizing, civic management, leadership, and advocacy within diverse communities. His work to effect true community engagement includes a demonstrated history of over 25 years’ experience facilitating collaborative coalition building for refugee and immigrant communities. His many educational qualifications include a Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University and several degrees in Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Leadership from France, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and South Africa.
Mr. Dogo’s experience and connections with the local African communities was pivotal in the creation and founding of the culturally specific community focal point Africa House in 2006—the only culturally and linguistically specific one stop center targeting the increasingly diverse and rapidly growing number of African immigrants and refugees living in Oregon.