Jonathan Chavez Baez was born in Cuautla Morelos, Mexico. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10. He is a graduate of Phoenix High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern Oregon University and his Masters of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership and Policy in Higher Education from Portland State University. For the past 10 years, Jonathan has been working for Southern Oregon University in various capacities. Currently, he is the Coordinator for Minority Outreach Programs at SOU. Throughout his career, Jonathan has devoted his time working with the Latino community to increase high school graduation, college enrollment, parent engagement, assistance to undocumented students, and the creation of numerous programs for underrepresented students. He also has over 15 years of experience working with youth in southern Oregon. In addition, he is currently the Co-Director of Academia Latina hosted at Southern Oregon University. Jonathan’s passion is the implementation of programs in higher education institutions that can help guide underrepresented students obtain a college education. Also at SOU, Jonathan is a part of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Enrollment Management Council, Diversity Scholarship and Strategic Planning Committees. In his free time, he is a member of numerous boards and organizations that include the Oregon Community Foundation’s Latino Partnership Program, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Cultural Connections, Latinx/a/o Interagency Committee, and Listo Core Champions Advisory Council. In March 2017, Jonathan was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Governor Kate Brown.