Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Lorena Manzo, Chair, representing Causa.  Lorena came into the movement as a member of Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas in 2003, later become staff. She served as the coordinator of the CAPACES formation process in 2005 before joining the Causa staff in 2006. Lorena has served on several CAPACES committees.  Currently she is Causa’s lead organizer.

Fabiola Camacho, Vice President, representing Farmworker Housing Development Corporation.  

Brenda Mendoza, Secretary, representing Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.  Brenda is the Director of PCUN’s service center.

Larry Kleinman, Treasurer, representing Acción Política PCUNista. Larry is a co-founder of PCUN and co-led the fundraising to establish the CAPACES Leadership Institute.  Currently he is the CAPACES’ head of national initiatives.

Belinda Ochoa, representing Latinos Unidos Siempre.  Belinda leads this youth program.

Levi Herrera, representing Mano a Mano Family Center.  Levi is the Executive Director of Mano a Mano Family Center.

Rebeca Velásquez, representing Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas.  Rebeca has served as MLP’s coordinator since 2006 and has served on a number of CAPACES committees.  Currently she is the Director of MLP.



Laura Isiordia, Executive Director, is a native of Nayarit, Mexio. She has been a community organizer, outreach worker and leadership developer for twenty years in the Woodburn area. She served as FHDC’s resident services coordinator, director of FHDC’s Cipriano Ferrel Education Center and as their community leadership director.  She worked full-time as Institute start-up coordinator starting in February 2011 before being named executive director in 2011.

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Maricela Andrade, Accountant and Administrative Assistant, is a native of Michoacán, Mexico. She lived with her parents at FHDC’s Nuevo Amanecer farmworker housing project in Woodburn and worked part time at Nuevo Amanecer’s Cipriano Ferrel Education Center in the after-school program starting in 2006. She graduated from Woodburn High School in 2006 and Chemeketa Community College in 2011.

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Ines Peña, Fund Development Coordinator, grew up in Newberg, Oregon. Her family migrated from Jalisco, México. She recently graduated from Linfield College with a B.A. in Sociology. She serves as a member of the executive committee for Unidos Bridging Community and completed an internship with Family Building Blocks. Her volunteer work at McMinnville High School helped start a mentoring program for the underrepresented youth.

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Abel Valladares,  Program Coordinator, is a native of Querétero in Mexico.  Abel co-led the fundraising campaign for CAPACES’ building in 2011 and 2012.  He has served as CAPACES network’s program coordinator since 2008.  He has been active in the movement since attending Salem’s North High School in 2006.  He also studied at Chemeketa Community College.

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Mario Palafox, TURNO Coordinator, was born in Mexico City but grew up Hidalgo, Mexico. He is the youngest of four siblings raised by a single mother which motivated him to pursue a higher education. Mario obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Western Oregon University and is passionate about education for underrepresented youth.

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Giselle Lopez-Ixta,  TURNO Coordinator, is a mestiza with indigenous Purepecha roots who was born in Apatzingan, Michoacan. She migrated to the United States when she was five and has grown up in Woodburn ever since. She is a former TURNista who graduated Woodburn High School in 2015. Giselle is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s degree at Portland State University.

Edward Gutierrez,  People’s Representative Coordinator, is the youngest son of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived to the U.S. in the 1970’s. Originally from Los Angeles, he’s a first generation college student who graduated from Portland State University. Post graduation, Edward has been involved in community based programs; serving as an outreach coordinator, organizer, and youth gang prevention advocate.

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