I'm Diego Hernandez and
Diego Hernandez is the youngest legislator serving in the Oregon Legislature. He represents Oregon’s 47th District, comprising of outer East Portland. As a freshman legislator, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader. Diego was raised by a single hard working immigrant mom. He is a product of East Portland's public schools including the David Douglas and Parkrose Districts. He graduated from Reynolds High School, then worked his way through college at the University of Oregon, where he received a BA in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. After college, Diego received his Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. Because of his passion for serving his community, Diego then became a teacher at Parkrose Middle and High School.
At the age of 25, he was the first Latino elected to the Reynolds School Board. He is currently serving his second 4 year term on the Reynolds School Board. As a school board member, Diego advocates for equity and helped pass the district's first Equity Action Plan. Diego is a champion for students and public education. Through his service on the Reynolds bond steering committee, he was instrumental in the passage of the $125 million bond that is rebuilding 3 elementary schools in the district.
At 26, Diego was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Diego has been recognized by the National Association of Social Workers with the Community Based Practice Award.
Diego Hernandez is a former community organizer, educator, and nonprofit Executive Director. He is the co-founder of Momentum Alliance, an innovative youth based nonprofit dedicated to developing our next generation of intersectional social justice leaders.
Diego is a strong voice for Oregon's students, families and underrepresented communities, advocating for a more responsive government to the needs of its most marginalized. He is an advocate for public education and East Portland.
I believe our diverse, vibrant community deserves a strong voice in Salem. I am a product of East Portland, and I have dedicated my career and service to our community and the issues that make a difference to our families. I was raised by a low-income single mom, and we faced many of the adversities that residents of East Portland face today. I have the experience, education and dedication it takes to fight for great schools and safer communities, and to advocate for a strong economy that supports working families and small businesses. I am running for reelection to continue to be your Representative because I am deeply committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunities to thrive. I would be honored to continue to serve you in Salem.