Our Staff & Board

Meet our staff and Board!

Osmani R. Alcaraz Ochoa Executive Director

Pronouns: he/him/they

Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Contact: osmani@portlandvoz.org

Osmani was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and grew up in Richmond, California. He has organized around educational justice, youth power, labor rights, LGBTQ justice, mass incarceration, and migrant rights issues for the past 13 years.

After graduating from the college of Ethnic Studies Department at San Francisco State University in 2006, Osmani moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they worked as an organizer with immigrant families, day labor workers, and LGBTQ asylum-seekers in detention.

Osmani was the Director of the Southside Worker Center for five years and was an NDLON board member for two years. Osmani’s community organizing, deportation defense work, and direct actions have received local and national attention. They moved to Houston, Texas in 2015 to coordinate a campaign to dismantle local police and ICE collaborations.

Osmani has a huge interest in work around community accountability, transformative justice models, transformative mediation, healing work, and programs to end gender-based violence and toxic masculinity. Most recently they resided in Albuquerque, NM organizing to build power among people directly targeted by the police state and mass incarceration and supported their advocacy for meaningful criminal justice reform.

Osmani enjoys long walks in the forest, hiking, jogging, cooking (on limited occasions), going to the movies, and watching satirical news. Guided by Zapatista principles, Osmani believes in centering the leadership of those most affected and targeted by oppression so that we may all live in ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

Andrea Berg Development Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: andrea@portlandvoz.org

Andrea has been involved with Voz as an intern, consultant, and now Development Director since 2016. She moved to Portland to work at Voz after graduating from Whitman College with a degree in Politics. In addition to experience organizing around issues of race, class, and immigration, Andrea has extensive experience doing community-based research with immigrant, Latino, and incarcerated communities in Washington. Andrea is passionate about empowering grassroots communities to organize themselves, and about supporting the incredible leaders at the MLK Jr. Worker Center. She has a cat and plays in a band.

Claribel Toro Bookkeeper

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: bookkeeper@portlandvoz.org

Claribel is a native of The Bronx, New York, and graduated from Baruch College in NYC with a B.B.A in accounting. Her 15+ years of accounting experience range from staff accountant to senior management levels. This experience was gained from accounting responsibilities in the retail, service, healthcare, and non-profit industries. She joined Voz in 2018 as a full charge bookkeeper, where she is responsible for handling the financial affairs of the organization. In 2017, Claribel and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon. During her free time, she enjoys traveling as well as teaching and dancing Salsa.

Genevieve Roudané Internal Organizer

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: organizer@portlandvoz.org

Genevieve is a community organizer, popular educator, and filmmaker with over a decade of experience working with grassroots organizations in Latin America. As Internal Organizer, she works to strengthen and support day laborer leadership within Voz. She is passionate about using popular education and communication as tools for social change. In her free time, she is a member of the Portland Film Fatales, the Portland Lesbian Choir, and the Portland Gay Kickball League.

Marvin Peña Grassroots Engagement Coordinator

Pronouns: He/him/his

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: marvin@portlandvoz.org

Marvin has been with Voz since 2018. He graduated in Venezuela as a Journalist and he also has a Associate degree in Communications from Clark College (Washington). He moved to the United States to learn English, but he decided to stay in the Northwest. In his years living here as an immigrant, he experienced some of the struggles that immigrants face everyday. That was his main motivation to get involved with Voz and help others to improve their lives. Now he wants to help the organization to connect with more people and strengthen Voz’s relationships with our communities. In his free time, Marvin likes to go salsa dancing, ride his bike and rest.

Lisvan Carvajal Workforce Development Coordinator

Pronouns: He/him/his

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: lisvan@portlandvoz.org

Lisvan graduated in Industrial Engineering in Cuba and with more than 5 years of experience in the area of Human Resources and Training. He has lived for more than three years in the city of Portland and knows well his culture and his people. In his first years in the United States, he worked as a day laborer for several months and witnessed and was a victim of abuse, discrimination, and wage theft; that is why he identified with the Voz' cause and its social mission. His greatest motivation in joining the project is to be able to contribute to developing and improving skills in day laborers that allow them to access more and better job opportunities. He is an outgoing and enthusiastic person who likes to interact with the community and feels passion for sharing knowledge and experiences with others. He enjoys spending time with his family. In his free time, he likes to study, exercises, and watch sports on TV.

Annica Maxfield Dispatcher

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Contact: annica@portlandvoz.org

Annica has been with Voz since 2019 as a Dispatcher. She grew up across the river in SW Washington, and is proud to call the Portland area home. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish, which is where she first became involved with political campaigning and immigrants’ rights. As a bicultural Latina, she is committed to a career that is centered around social justice and organizing to protect migrant and labor rights. She is excited to be a member of the Voz team and to have the opportunity to help support and empower day laborers in the Portland community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her pug, exploring the shelves at Powell’s and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Osman Castellanos Dispatcher

Pronouns: He/him/his

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: osman@portlandvoz.org

Photo and bio on their way!

Mo Taylor Special Activities Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact: activities@portlandvoz.org

Photo and bio on their way!

Board of Directors

Antonio Lara (Chair)

Antonio is the Chief Marketing Officer of Lara Media Services LLC. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Antonio has lived in Portland since 2006. Antonio also serves as a board member of the City Club of Portland and is the co-chair of the Latino Network’s Unid@s advisory committee. Contact: Antonio@laramedia.com

Roman Ramos (Vice Chair)

Roman is a Field Representative with the District Council No. 5 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Roman would like to build a strong path for Day Laborers to find permanent, safer and better salaried jobs in union represented fields. Roman provides worker safety training at the MLK Worker Center. Contact: roman@iupatdc5.org

Marcus Rodriguez (Secretary)

Marcus Rodriguez is a bilingual Organizer working with the NW Carpenters Union here in Portland. He has spent the last 20 years working in the Drywall Industry across the Pacific Northwest. The first 14 years of his career were spent primarily working with newly immigrated workers from all over Mexico and Central and South America for a small Mom and Pop Drywall owned by his Father Ramon Rodriguez.This is where Marcus really developed his understanding and love for his people. He was able to see the sacrifice and struggle that people made in order to better themselves and their families. After a tough few years of work Marcus relocated back to Portland Oregon and joined the Carpenters Union and begin work for Performance Contracting Inc. He spent five years their helping develop better safety programs and protocol to better address the needs of Spanish speaking Workers employed by PCI and working as a Foreman. After five years of working with PCI Marcus applied to the Carpenters Union for an Organizer position to expand on his desire to help workers and change their life through better work opportunities and wages. Which is where he currently works in this capacity. Marcus has always been a supporter of immigrant rights and an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. He looks forward to fighting for better work conditions and opportunities for the Day Laborers here at Voz. Contact: mrodriguez@nwcarpenters.org

Carlina Arango (Treasurer)

Carlina Arango currently works with Verde Landscape, Verde’s longest-running social enterprise where she focuses on the Landscape Crew Member’s training program. She works with Verde staff and other partners to develop effective training, recruitment, and hiring pathways for the crew. She also provides administrative and grant writing support to the enterprise. Carlina is passionate about approaching justice from an intersectional perspective and has worked and volunteered in several nonprofit sector capacities developing and implementing this approach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Anthropology with an Environmental Studies Concentration and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. She is really excited to put her experience towards Voz’s labor justice mission. Contact: carlinaarango@verdenw.org

Jenny de la Hoz

Dr. Jenny de la Hoz was born in Colombia and immigrated early to the United States. In her youth, she quickly learned the skills of navigating systems and reinterpreting key social concepts for her parents. Her skills of observation and translation became an important cornerstone for her current work as an educator, researcher, and community liaison in the environmental field. She currently works as an equity consultant for
Center for Equity and Inclusion helping to create inclusive spaces and processes within organizations looking for authentic diversity in their workforce. Contact: jennydelahoz@gmail.com

Laura Castro

Family Stability Program Coordinator at Latino Network. Bio coming!

Owen Sanders

Owen is an English teacher and a pre-medical student, a volunteer ESL teacher at Voz, a volunteer mediator for the City of Beaverton, and a former freelance digital marketer. He spends most of his free time reading and writing about the biopsychosocial underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic diseases. He’s passionate about supporting day laborers as they continue to build skills and secure good jobs for fair wages with dignity and community at Voz. Contact: owensanders@gmail.com

Verónica Bañuelos

Veronica is a bilingual / bicultural Chicana focused on Organizational Development and Intercultural Communications. As an independent consultant she spends her energy supporting people and organizations move closer to their mission and each other through coaching, training and mediation. Her professional studies are a reflection of both her personal interests and life purpose. Her undergraduate degree work in Human Development provided the foundation of theories and practices of communications, interpersonal skills, psychology and sociology. Veronica’s graduate degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University informed her leadership theory of development, operations, and dynamics of an organization. Veronica received a Certificate of Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University in 2018, and is certified through National Board Source Org in Nonprofit Board Consulting. She is a trained and highly skilled conflict resolution practitioner and mediator. Veronica is also a trained Spiritual Director through the Urban Spirituality Center in NW Portland. These practices ground her personal values of social justice and love with commitment to service and healing in the world. She fulfills her commitment by raising a healthy and loved family and serving on the Executive Board for Voz. Veronica is relationship-based leader that understands that trust is built on positive experiences. Through the all-important practice of caring for relationships and connections, she brings people together in partnerships to move closer towards common goals. As a natural asset based leader, influencer, organizer, and communicator, she knows the importance of truly listening for understanding. Contact: verita816@gmail.com