Printed on Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:26 AM
Annabelle Jaramillo first was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2000.
Previously, Jaramillo served as Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizens' Representative from 1995 - 2000. Her office responded to citizen concerns and she was part of the Governor's senior staff. She has also served as Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, worked as a research botanist for the Forest Service, director of Computer Education for Harakai Systems, Inc., and development officer for the Center against Rape & Domestic Violence.
Jaramillo's leadership and commitment have brought her national recognition from government, private industry, and community groups. An advocate for human rights, Hispanic and other minorities nationwide, Jaramillo served as president of National Image, Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization. She served on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Governor Atiyeh's Education Mission and as president of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus. She also served on the Oregon Progress Board, the Oregon Sustainability Board and the Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee to the Department of Forestry.
She currently serves on the Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee, the Association of Oregon Counties Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee, the Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties, the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability and the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee. Additionally, she is active in the current Bureau of Land Management resource planning process.
Her community involvement (past and present) includes the Mary's Peak Natural Resources Interpretive Center, United Way, the Prosperity that Fits Steering Committee for the Economic Vitality Partnership and the Oregon Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jaramillo is an avid advocate for the conservation of natural resources and wildlife. As the author of Benton County's sustainability policy, Jaramillo wants Benton County to lead in ensuring environmental protection while meeting social needs and maintaining economic prosperity.
Jaramillo has Bachelor's and Master's degrees of Science from Portland State University and has authored numerous scientific papers in refereed journals. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.
Benton County Commissioners, as the county's governing body, allocate resources and adopt the county budget, negotiate contracts, bargain with labor organizations and enact policies to deliver services.