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About Cynthia Gómez

Cynthia serves as the Director for Community & Civic Impact for Portland State University. Previously, she worked for 9 years as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers and as faculty of community-based learning courses since 1999. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Science in education.  She is a co-editor for the literary journal Kithe and is a Fishtrap: Writing and the West Fellow. Cynthia is a certified Foresight Essentials Practitioner with the Institute for the Future and a member of Portland State’s Futures Collaboratory. She worked for over 10 years for the nonprofit Latino Network. She also worked for the non-profit Innovation Partnership and operates her own consulting firm. She served as Co-chair for the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action. For six years, Cynthia served as a Commissioner with the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs where she also served on Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force. In 2015, Cynthia was awarded the Governors' Gold Al and Pat Reser Civic Leadership Award. 

Cynthia was born in Camp 52, Arizona, a small migrant community beyond the outskirts of Phoenix and raised in Yuma on the U.S. Mexico border. A native Spanish speaker, Cynthia is also a dual U.S. Mexican citizen. She moved to Portland in 1993 where she lives with her partner and two children. She enjoys birding, cooking, gardening, and documenting the stories of ordinary people's extraordinary lives.


September 2012 - Present Executive Director, Portland State University Cultural Resource Centers
2002 - Present Affiliated Faculty, Portland State University University Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Governors' Gold Award in Civil Leadership

Articles and Reports (7)

Presentations, Panels, Speaking Engagements (9)

Other Scholarly Accomplishments (1)

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