Annabelle Jaramillo earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portland State University and worked as a research botanist for the USDA Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, from 1974 until 1987. Jaramillo served as President of National Image Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization, as well as the Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. From 1995 to 2000, she served as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizen's Representative. Her office responded to citizen concerns and she was part of the Governor's senior staff. In 1997, Kitzhaber named Jaramillo to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Board (NEJAC), an EPA body that assists federal agencies in the development of environmental justice strategies. Jaramillo's service with NEJAC ended in 2001.
Jaramillo was elected as a Benton County (Oregon) Commissioner in 2000, 2004, and 2008
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