MRG Grantmaker Patricia Cortez

Patricia was born in El Salvador, and is the first in her family to earn a university degree. Her indigenous roots taught her to fight for social change early on: starting at just nine years old! Patricia volunteers for social change groups in El Salvador, California, and Eugene and is the co-founder and of Juventud FACETA, a leadership development program for Latino youth. Patricia has been recognized by Causa Oregon and Latino Club at the Oregon State Penitentiary for youth engagement work.

“My grandma always taught me to work hard for what I want. Being part of MRG’s Grantmaking Committee reminds me of those words and keeps my passion for social change vibrant.”