Building Community Leaders

Ubaldo Hernández, Community Organizer, Shares Updates

Ubaldo Hernández joined the staff at Columbia Riverkeeper nearly a year ago to help increase services to the Latinx community in the Columbia Gorge. What a year!

“I’ve spent a lot of time asking questions and listening to people in the Latinx community,” explains Ubaldo. “People I talk to acknowledge the importance of our natural resources and many challenging issues facing our communities. People are looking for ways to give back to their communities and get involved. My work focuses on how to make those connections.”

Organizing Latinx Advocates (OLA) meets once a month at the Hood River Library.

Organizing Latinx Advocates (OLA) meets once a month at the Hood River Library.

Riverkeeper partnered with two organizations—CAPACES Leadership Institute and the Ford Family Foundation—to launch local Leadership Trainings in Spanish. In late 2017, we held two trainings in Hood River, OR. The first training covered the nuts-and-bolts of how to lead a meeting. The second training focused on the fundamentals of public speaking. “I was surprised to hear people say after the training that they could use the tools from the trainings not only in the community, but at home. These are important skills. And language shouldn’t be a barrier to learning them,” explains Ubaldo.

Riverkeeper also worked with amazing groups in the Columbia Gorge to help launch Organizing Latinx Advocates (OLA), which connects Latinx service providers in the Gorge to improve outreach to the Latinx community. Member groups cover a range of professional service providers in the Gorge, including The Next Door, One Community Health, Immigration Counseling Services, and many others. OLA meets once a month at the Hood River Library.

To learn about upcoming OLA meetings and Leadership Trainings, email Ubaldo at

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