ArredondoSecretary-Treasurer, Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Oregon’s Farmworker Union)

Jaime Arredondo’s first exposure to higher education was through his participation in Western Oregon University’s Latino Mentor Program; graduating among the inaugural class at McKay High School. Arredondo serves as vice chair on WOU’s Board of Trustees and is secretary-treasurer for Oregon’s Farmworker Union and largest Latino organization, Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN).  Arrendondo is also the executive director of the CAPACES Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization working to build the leadership of Latinos to address social disparities. In addition to these responsibilities, he serves Oregon’s youth and families through his participation on the State of Oregon Youth Development Council, the Marion County Commission for Children and Families, and the Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project. A first-generation college student, Arredondo completed his bachelor’s degree at Willamette University and is a graduate student at Oregon State University. Arredondo said, “Getting appointed to WOU’s Board of Trustees is an absolute privilege and opportunity. I’ve seen first-hand what an education at WOU can do for an individual, a family, and a community.”