Cultural Resource Centers director Cynthia Gómez to receive Governor's Gold Award
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: June 8, 2015

Cynthia Gómez, PSU’s director of cultural resource centers as well as a leader in Portland’s Latino community, has been named a recipient of a prestigious Governors’ Gold Award – the Al and Pat Reser Civic Leadership Award. She will receive the award at a Dec. 5 ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center, where she will be seated at a table with Gov. Kate Brown and former governors John Kitzhaber, Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts.

Gómez has spent the last 14 years working at PSU as a senior capstone instructor for University Studies, teaching community-based learning courses focusing on sustainability and social justice to undergraduates. She also spent 10 years with the Portland non-profit Latino Network -- first as a board member, then in direct service as an adjudicated youth educational advocate, and most recently as the director of Líderes, a civic engagement and leadership program. 

She also worked as the PSU Coordinator for the Oregon Leadership Institute, where she worked with college and high school Latino students in partnership with Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; worked for the non-profit Innovation Partnership; and operated her own consulting firm. Gómez is a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Environmental Justice Task Force and is a graduate of Leadership Portland.

The Governors’ Gold Awards is an annual event presented by Oregon’s living governors. The Al and Pat Reser Civic Leadership Award recognizes one individual each year who has shown a commitment to promoting quality of life in his or her community. The ceremony proceeds benefits Special Olympics Oregon, which has served athletes statewide since 1972.