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Wendy Veliz joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

Wendy Veliz joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to welcome Wendy Veliz to its Board of Directors, effective May 15, 2017.

Veliz is an employee of Portland General Electric (PGE) where she currently works in the Government Affairs department.  Her responsibilities include managing utility and business issues that impact PGE’s operations with counties and municipalities both within PGE’s service and operating service territories.  She focuses on the strengthening of community partnerships with local government and community leaders.

Veliz recently completed a four year term on the Oregon State Parks Commission.  She has served two terms as board chair of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement (OCHA), was a member of the State of Oregon Commission for Hispanic Affairs, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights/Oregon State Advisory Committee, and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce board.

In 2009, Veliz was awarded the Hispanic Leadership award by the Hispanic Chamber and was named one of Oregon’s 25 most influential Latina leaders.  In 2007, Wendy was named as one Portland’s “Forty Under 40” Young Professionals by the Portland Business Journal.

Wendy is a third generation Latina who grew up in Woodburn and now resides in Aurora.  Her family settled in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley more than 40 years ago when her parents and grandparents migrated here from Texas to work in the fields.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University.  Wendy has also completed the Utility Management Certificate program from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.  She resides in Aurora .