Adriana Miranda

Master of Ceremonies

Adriana Miranda as our MC. Currently, Adriana is the Chief of Staff to State Representative Diego Hernandez. She has been incredibly involved in local education advocacy, community service, and is an active political volunteer in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Most recently, Adriana completed Emerge Oregon which is Oregon’s premier training program that encourages women to run for office. Her hope is to one day run for a local political office in her community!


Mayor Chuck Bennett


Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett took office January 4, 2017. Serving his first term as Mayor, his record of nine years on City Council and dedicated service to Salem resulted in street improvements, the sidewalk replacement program, increased funding for public safety, and other livability initiatives. Mayor Bennett is also a former State Representative and a graduate of Willamette University. He is married to Cherie, has one daughter, and lives in northeast Salem.


Teresa Alonso Lean


Teresa Alonso Leon was elected to represent House District 22, which incorporates Woodburn, Gervais, Brooks, and NE Salem, in November of 2016 and is currently finishing her first term in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Now finishing her first full term in the Oregon State Legislature, Teresa has been honored to be a voice for students, hardworking families, and small businesses as the State Representative for her district. She has championed bills such as cultural competency in our higher education institutions, expanding access to and reducing the price of health care and medications, keeping the private information of all Oregonians private, securing equal pay for equal work, advocating for Oregon Dreamers, and protecting Oregon consumers.

Dedicated to being a voice for all those she represents, Teresa looks forward to continuing to serve as the State Representative for House District 22 to ensure that everyone who calls our state home has the chance to pursue their American Dream.


Raul Marquez


Raul Marquez, from Salem, Oregon, is currently a freshman at Willamette University. Over the past five years, Raul has been involved with many political movements and activities such as interning for State Representative Diego Hernandez and raising over $400,000 for the first youth overnight homeless shelter in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Most recently, Raul interned for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in Washington DC. Raul hopes to study political sciences and sociology to further expand his knowledge of U.S. government and politics, and the impacts policies have on underrepresented communities.


Roy Juarez, Jr.

Keynote Speaker

Roy Juarez, Jr. founded America’s Business Leaders, a human development company, in 2005 when he was just a freshman at Hardin-Simmons University. With a dream to inspire youth and reunite families, Juarez began sharing his turbulent history to touch the lives of youth, educators, and parents.

Juarez’s story and work have garnered national media attention on outlets such as CNN and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Most recently, he partnered with Ford’s Driving Dreams Tour to inspire students to graduate on time and pursue a higher education. In addition, Juarez has been featured in many local and online publications.


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