Perspectives Series for In the Heights with Latino Network
Please join us for a post-show talk back for In the Heights with David Martinez, Deputy Director for Internal Operations for Latino Network, Verónika Núñez, Senior Learning and Community Engagement Specialist at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and actor, in conversation with moderator Joaquin Lopez, Unid@s Program Coordinator at Latino Network.
"Perspectives" discussions are a series of 1-hour post-show discussions following select weekend matinee performances of In the Heights. Hear and share personal reactions and thoughts inspired by the play, filtered through the perspectives of local artists, educators, activists and community leaders. Join us and discover how In the Heights connects directly to our community.
As Deputy Director for Internal Operations for Latino Network, David Martinez is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of operations, finances, and facilities. Born in Ontario, Oregon, David is from a farm worker background and was the first member of his family to graduate high school and college. His life experience brings a lens that is aligned with the mission of our organization and the communities we serve.
David previously worked at Oregon Health & Science University as the Diversity Manager for Student Recruitment & Retention, and brings more than 20 years experience in higher education student affairs. He has also served in policy roles for Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey, Oregon Primary Care Association and for the Oregon Education Investment Board.
David currently serves on the Program Committee for City Club of Portland, and is a past board member of Cascade AIDS Project, Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association, Latino Network and Outside In. He was the past Chair of the Annual Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference, the largest Latino youth conference in the Pacific NW.
He was a founding board member of Portland’s Q Center and co-founder of Portland Latino Gay Pride (now PDX Latinx Pride). David has served on the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission and Charter Review Commission. Past honors include, 2009 Basic Rights Oregon Equality Champion Award (Portland/Metro), 2012 Q Center/GLAPN Queer Hero NW Award, 2012 PCC Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Award, and 2013 Unid@s LGBT Visible Project Honoree.
Verónika Núñez is an artist and educator, who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from Venezuela, where she grew up and went to school. She specializes in creating programs, events, trainings, and educational experiences with an inclusion and diversity lens. She works for OMSI as a learning and community engagement specialist. Her focus is to work with communities that are not typically involved in science experiences. Through her work, she has participated in the co-creation of several exhibits and programs, including Sustainability, Designing Our World, and Eat Well, Play Well. She is also active in the theater community, where she has participated in more than twenty plays around the Portland Metro area in theaters like Milagro, Northwest Children’s Theater, and Lakewood. She is passionate about education, inclusion, and creating spaces for growth and the creative process. She is mom to Diego. They love soccer and board games.
Joaquin Lopez is currently an Arts Producer for Latino Network where he produces Ollin: Social Justice Film Series, Voz Alta, and Festival Latino with Portland Parks and Recreation/Summer Free For All. He also coordinates Latino Network’s statewide Latino leadership program UNID@S.
Previosuly, he served as the Arts & Culture Manager at Latino Network from 2015- 2018 designing after school arts programs and cultural events. He is a recipient of the Bridge Award from Business for Culture and the Arts and was the first recipient of the Espiritu Award presented by Milagro Theatre. He is also the oldest son of the Lopez family who for nineteen years has run La Bonita Mexican restaurant in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon.
Joaquin received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University and a Masters in Counseling from Portland State University. Joaquin is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with the State of Oregon and a Nationally Certified Counselor. He runs a private practice in the Irvington Neighborhood.
Latino Network was founded in 1996 by community leaders who grew concerned about the lack of adequate resources to meet the needs of the growing Latino community. Since that time, it has evolved to become an organization that also encompasses transformational programs aimed at educating and empowering Multnomah County Latinos. Low achievement scores, youth violence and high drop out rates undermine the Latino community’s potential. They aim to address these issues by promoting early literacy, encouraging parent involvement, working with gang-involved and adjudicated youth and families, and providing academic support and activities to high school aged youth. They also build leadership capacity for youth and adults.