CASA Staff Profile

Frances Alvarado


Time on Board:   Member since 2009

Reason you joined the board:  Improve living conditions of farmworker population

Describe your current/most recent job: Provide employment and training opportunities to migrant and seasonal farmworkers

Specific set of skills you bring to the board: Advocate for low income and farmworker community; my job duties include career planning, financial workshops and job placement skills for farmworker participants.

Hobbies:  Arts & crafts, party planner, work in yard,

Describe other board experience (i.e. name of org, time on board, type of org):

Marion Polk Food Share – 20+ years;  Mission is to “Lead the fight against hunger in Marion and Polk Counties because no one should be hungry”; over 100 member agencies assisted with food Delivery.

Mid-Willamette Valley Workforce Board – 20 + years.  Non-profit; workforce development of the region; to be the visionary driver of WIOA investments throughout the region.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  Community Organizer

Hidden/special talent: Like to do make-overs

If you had a time machine, what year would you go back to and why?  1986 – the year prior to losing my4 year old child; I would cherish every moment with him, he wanted a new bike and we waited for upcoming birthday, never got too.   I would buy him that bike and more…..

Favorite bumper sticker?  Viva Cesar Chavez 

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go?  With my sisters.  I would love to drive to Vancouver Canada, take a cruise. 

Anything else you’d like to share?  I am single and trying to find the right guy!