Ricardo is the Director of Government Relations and Special Projects at Western Oregon University. His policy background is in immigration, education, election, and criminal justice. Ricardo has served as Director of Advocacy at Latino Network, Policy Associate for the ACLU of Oregon, and Legislative Director for the Oregon Student Association. He has been a leader in passing various state legislative priorities, including Driver Licenses for All (HB 2015) and Youth Sentencing Reform (SB 1008). More recently, he was a co-architect of the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, a multi-million-dollar disaster relief program for Oregon’s immigrant community. Ricardo was born in Netzahualcóyotl, Mexico, and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Business and a certificate in nonprofit management.