Juan Carlos was elected to serve as Metro Councilor for District 4 on May 15th, 2018 and sworn into Public Office on January 7th, 2019. Juan Carlos is the youngest Metro Councilor in history of Metro.
District 4 covers Northern and Western Urban Washington County, including the communities of: Beaverton, Bethany, Aloha, Bonny Slope, Raleigh Hills, West Slope, Cedar Mill and Cedar Hills, Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove.
Juan Carlos is focused on advancing economic justice on Metro Council while addressing the growing affordable housing crisis, investing in a world class public transportation system, reforming the full spectrum of our solid waste and recycling system to meet the needs of our region and the environment, and ensuring our land use system is equitable and responsive for future growth.
Juan Carlos also serves as on the UnidosUS Board of Directors. UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.
About Juan Carlos
Born in Forest Grove, raised in Cornelius, and now living in Hillsboro - Juan Carlos is a first-generation American who has dedicated his life to giving back to the communities that have given so much to him. Juan Carlos graduated as a Valedictorian of his class at Forest Grove High School and earned a degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University.
After graduation, Juan Carlos returned to Washington County to join Centro Cultural de Washington County – a nonprofit that works with local Latino families to create self-sufficient and engaged community members. Today he is the organization’s Director of Development and Communications, leading the work to secure the $2 million annual budget that provides for innovative youth STEM programs, workforce development services, and civic leadership and advocacy initiatives in the community.
Juan Carlos' proudest accomplishments at Centro Cultural are rooted in large scale public engagement and planning projects for agencies like Metro, the Port of Portland, TriMet, Washington County to engage communities of color. Juan Carlos' leadership in Centro's role on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park is a prime example of the forward-thinking work he will champion at Metro.
Juan Carlos will take his lifelong experience in the community and commitment to improving the lives of all residents of Washington County to his work on the Metro Council. He believes in the power of community, and catalyzing diverse civic leadership. Most importantly, he wants to create a Metro regional government that is responsive to the needs of our community.
Juan Carlos proudly calls Hillsboro home, and is a proud father of “Porter” and Paloma. He is the oldest of 4 siblings: Jose, 21, Engineer in the Navy, Bianca, 18, Student at Pacific University, Natalia, 17, student at Forest Grove High School. His parents Alicia and Francisco reside in Cornelius, and frequently volunteer in the local community. Juan Carlos is a passionate fan of soccer and basketball, with a soft spot for the Portland Timbers and Portland Trailblazers.
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Friends and neighbors - I would love your support on the campaign trail. I'm going to need our community's help to win District 4 and it starts with everyone of us. Please tell us more about yourself & how you'd like to support the campaign. We will be in touch.
You can reach Juan Carlos at JuanCarlos@Gonzalez4Oregon.com
Compañeros- Gracias por apoyar a mi campaña. Sé que necesitaré el apoyo de nuestra comunidad para ganar el Distrito 4 de Metro. Por favor cuenten nos sobre usted, y como le gustaría apoyar a la campaña. Estaremos en contacto con usted.