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Centro Cultural and its Mission

Centro’s mission is to promote education and economic development, increase cultural consciousness, respond to community needs and celebrate understanding among the diverse groups of our community.



MCR Maria Caballero Rubio

Maria Rubio joins the Centro Cultural de Washington County team as its new Executive Director. She brings many years of leadership experience in government and non-profit sectors, and deep roots in the Washington County community.

Born in Texas, Maria and her family settled in Washington County in 1969, where most remain to this day. She comes from a large farmworker family where she learned to value her community, learning, and equity.

Maria brings years of experience in management, public policy, and community engagement, and has served as Executive Director of the Community Policing Institute at Western Oregon University, Program Analyst at the US Department of Justice, Public Safety Policy Director for Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Vice President at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. She has extensive experience in organization development, mediation, training and technical assistance for municipalities, nonprofits and the business sector with specializations in community policing, and equity and inclusion.

Maria is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow and Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce graduate. She has recently served on the boards of Resolutions Northwest and the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, where she served as a co-founding board member. A lifelong learner, she has studied at Portland Community College and Portland State University. Outside of work she enjoys mentoring young leaders of color and engaging in issues and causes that advance equity and social justice for all communities.


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