Vazquez serves as liaison between City Hall and ethnic communities

As the first person in the city of Beaverton’s new role of cultural inclusion coordinator, Daniel Vázquez wants his office to open a two-way street between City Hall and the city’s growing ethnic communities.

“I’m making an appeal to local, community-based, mutual-assistance organizations to open the doors for them to come to City Hall and build partnerships with the city,” he says.

Vázquez, who started his new role with the city on Monday, most recently served as the community advocate for the city of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights. Fluent in six languages, the native of Mexico will be responsible for planning, organizing and conducting outreach to ethnic communities in the city on behalf of Mayor Dennis Doyle’s office.Daniel Vazquez

The full-time employee is being paid $27.77 per hour, for an approximate annual salary of $57,761, according to city officials.

From about 100 applicants for the newly created position, the city plucked Vázquez, 28, from Portland’s New Portlander Program, which works to integrate immigrants and refugees to local life and assure their communities develop and prosper.

Since joining that office last March, Vázquez says he assisted in establishing the New Portlander Policy Council, which reports directly to city Commissioner Amanda Fritz. The council implements the recommendations of Portland’s 2008 Mayor’s Immigrant & Refugee Task Force.

“I see my role here as doing the same with immigrants and new Beavertonians,” he says of the transition. “My job is to go out and (engage in) direct outreach with communities of color and also, strategically, with community based organizations and mutual-assistance organizations that currently work with communities of color.

“I want to help those organizations build stronger relationships with existing city offices,” he adds, “so they can work better together.”

Doyle, who announced the hiring on Tuesday, said he’s equally impressed with Vázquez’ multi-cultural experience as well as his vision toward breaking down language and cultural barriers.

“Mr. Vázquez brings an immense amount of passion and experience to this position,” he says. “He has successfully immersed himself in several cultures, and I’m confident that the outreach work he’ll be doing for Beaverton will make our city even more inclusive.”

Aside from his work with Portland, Vázquez volunteers as the public outreach and volunteer coordinator with that city’s Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council. Since 2011, Vázquez has worked as an instructional teaching assistant for the Hood River County School District, helping Mexican-born students learn English. He is also assisting the Oregon Trail Driving School to build a new partnership with the Portland Police Bureau to offer drivers’ education to the Spanish-speaking community.

A native Spanish speaker and writer, Vázquez immigrated with his family to Hood River when he was 10. Before graduating from the University of Oregon in 2007, he attended his junior year of high school in Thailand and later taught English in China, Japan and South Korea.

Fluent in Thai and Mandarin Chinese, he also has moderate speaking proficiency in Japanese and Korean.

“Because Beaverton is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon, we have cultural and language barriers that must be addressed,” Doyle says. “I’m impressed with Daniel’s multilingual abilities, and it’s my hope that through this new cultural inclusion coordinator position, we will be better equipped to serve all of our residents.”

To reflect his connection with the community, Vázquez recently relocated his residence to Beaverton from Portland.

As he settles into his new home and office at City Hall, he encourages those in communities of color to contact him as he works to build a “bridge” from those segments

“I’m really looking forward to hearing from people in the Beaverton community,” he says. “I want to let people of color know they should feel free to contact me as we work forward to make Beaverton a more inclusive city.”

Call Vázquez at 503-526-2503 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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