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Centro Cultural hires new director

Maria Caballero Rubio has been hired as the new executive director of Centro Cultural de Washington County, replacing Jose Rivera, who left the Cornelius-based nonprofit in January.

Born in Texas, Rubio moved to Washington County from California in 1969 with her farmworker family, according to her online profile at Emerge Oregon.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in management, public policy and community engagement to her new position, including stints as executive director of the Community Policing Institute at Western Oregon University, program analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice, Public Safety Policy Director for Portland Mayor Tom Potter and Vice President of Community Engagement at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, according to her resume.

Rubio also is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow and Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership graduate. She recently served on the boards of Resolutions Northwest and the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action as co-chair and founding board member. In the past she served on the Governor’s Workgroup on Elder Safety and Racial Profiling.

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