As a program officer, Jorge cultivates relationships with communities across Washington State to advance the Foundation’s grantmaking and program strategies. Most recently, Jorge served as the executive director of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council in Oregon, where he helped grow the organization from the ground up to become a state leader in the empowerment of the Latino community. While there, he established La Voz de la Comunidad (The Voice of the Community) to create a platform for community members to engage civically and influence policy. Previously, Jorge worked in the entertainment industry and as a paralegal, before he discovered his life passion for community power-building.
Jorge earned his BA in political science from Bowdoin College. Outside of work, Jorge and his partner like to travel, spend time with their Shiba Inu dog, and watch horror and classic movies. Jorge also enjoys reading history books, in part because understanding the past can help with understanding the present.