I was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon to a bicultural family of Peruvian-American heritage. On both sides of my family I see histories knitted of place and placelessness: several generations, on either side, called Oregon or Peru home. But the pre-histories of their settledness is a common one of movement, emigration, urgency, and also adventure. All of this contained in the 20th C., the enormous consequence and impact of which we are feeling and seeing with every passing day.
I've come to the board of 1000 Friends of Oregon in large part to advocate for better questions: about land use - past, present and future; about history, my own and this region's; and about the methods and aims for problem-solving our way into a more livable, life-giving home.