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Commissioner Rubio, with the support of her team, oversees Portland Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Office of Community Technology. They also have liaison responsibilities to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland’s Centers for the Arts, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Portland Community Media, the League of Oregon Cities and the Metro Policy Advisory Council.

Adriana Miranda, Chief of Staff (she/her/hers), adriana.miranda@portlandoregon.gov, 503.865.6671

Adriana Miranda, Chief of Staff

Adriana serves as Commissioner Carmen Rubio’s Chief of Staff. She has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors over the last 17 years, and brings mutual respect and cultural consciousness to the workplace. She joins the Commissioner’s office after having served as the Executive Director of Causa Oregon, an organization that works to improve the lives of Latinx immigrants and their families through policy, advocacy and coalition building. 

As an advocate for social justice, Adriana is passionate about promoting equity within policies that improve leadership and resources for immigrant communities and all Oregonians. She has been incredibly involved in local education advocacy, including serving as the co-chair for the state of Oregon’s Student Success Act on behalf of the Salem-Keizer School District.  

The mother of three children, Adriana devotes her free time to her family and to help her community thrive. In 2018, Adriana completed Emerge Oregon and Capaces Leadership Institute’s Peoples Representatives Program as part of her commitment to always growing as a community leader and advocate.


Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, Policy Director (he/him/his), ricardo.lujan-valerio@portlandoregon.gov

Ricardo Lujan-Valerio Photo

Ricardo is Commissioner Carmen Rubio’s Policy Director. Ricardo’s background covers immigration, education, election, and criminal justice policy. He previously served as Director of Advocacy at Latino Network, Policy Associate for the ACLU of Oregon, and as Legislative Director for the Oregon Student Association.

Ricardo has been a leader in the passage of various state legislative priorities, such as HB 2015 (Driver Licenses for All) and SB 1008 (Youth Sentencing Reform). Most recently, he was a co-architect of the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, a multi-million-dollar disaster relief program for Oregon’s immigrant community. He served as Vice Chair of the Open and Accountable Elections Commission. 

Ricardo was born in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Business and a certificate in nonprofit management.


Cynthia Castro, Senior Policy Advisor (she/her/hers), cynthia.m.castro@portlandoregon.gov

Cynthia Castro, Senior Policy Advisor

Cynthia Castro is Commissioner Rubio’s Senior Policy Advisor. She is a former staffer for Commissioner Amanda Fritz and also a former director of the Charles Jordan Community Center.

In her various city roles, Cynthia served as the liaison to the Office of Equity and Human Rights and led strategic initiatives such as the language pay differential policy and Regional Collaborative Land Acknowledgement Project. She implemented former Mayor Charlie Hales’ Community Center Initiative to engage at-hope youth; and led policy work regarding bureau-wide equity, smoke and tobacco-free parks, and PP&R’s strategic plan. 

Cynthia has championed equity through her involvement with the City’s Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland (DEEP), Latinx PDX City Employee Affinity Group, PP&R’s Fostering Equity Support Team (FEST), and Portland World Soccer Program. Cynthia also brings a background in public health, research, and nine years of experience as a collegiate coach and athletics administrator.

Cynthia received her B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University and Master of Public Health from Oregon State University. Cynthia is a 2018 Emerge Oregon graduate. She enjoys spending time with her family, sports, baking, and exploring the outdoors. 


Mona Schwartz, Policy Advisor (she/her/hers), mona.schwartz@portlandoregon.gov

Mona Schwartz, Policy Advisor

Mona serves as Policy Advisor to Commissioner Rubio, and has worked in Oregon politics and nonprofits for the last several years. She most recently worked as a campaign manager for Commissioner Rubio, Lynn Peterson (Metro Council President), and the Portland Children’s Levy renewal,along with working on communicationsfor Governor Brown’s reelection campaign. In Congressman Blumenauer’s Portland office as a field representative, Mona focused on health care, education, and foreign affairs policy. Prior to that, Mona worked as a job coach at the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization, and spent several months in Peru volunteering with the Federacion Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas.

Mona is passionate about social justice, building strong local leadership, and facilitating inclusive policy-making. She is originally from Montana and received her B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Montana. You can often find her in the mountains backpacking, skiing, or running, and, in non-pandemic times, exploring new places and meeting new people.


MeeSeon Kwon, Executive Assistant (she/her/hers), meeseon.c.kwon@portlandoregon.gov

MeeSeon Kwon

MeeSeon is Commissioner Rubio’s Executive Assistant, responsible for coordinating and managing the Commissioner’s calendar and meeting requests. She is thrilled to support Commissioner Rubio, her team, and community members.

For the past decade, MeeSeon has worked in various capacities in federal, state, and local government, political campaigns, and community organizing and advocacy. She has held policy advising roles for congressional, state, and county legislators, and previously directed outreach efforts in Washington County for Unite Oregon. Most recently, MeeSeon served as an executive assistant and policy advisor to former Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

MeeSeon is committed to supporting efforts to advance racial and social justice and helping ensure institutions serve their communities. Her volunteerism has involved court-appointed advocacy for children in foster care, crisis support for survivors of sexual assault and violence, and service on nonprofit boards and state commissions. MeeSeon graduated with a degree in Political Science from Portland State University’s Honors College. In her free time, she loves being an aunt, spending as much time as she can outdoors, and getting back to drawing.


Will Howell, Communications Director (he/him/his), will.howell@portlandoregon.gov, 503.865.6666

Will Howell serves as Commissioner Rubio's Communications Director. Will joins Commissioner Rubio's office after completing a PhD and Masters at the University of Maryland. He taught classes on political argumentation, consulted on writing, and coordinated graduate employees lobbying the legislature for the right to collectively bargain. Prior to graduate school, Will spent nearly a decade organizing, writing, and developing communication and campaign strategy for progressive candidates and causes in Oregon, Minnesota, and elsewhere.

Will grew up in Salem, and recently moved back to Oregon with his family. He's excited to be closer to friends and family (when circumstances allow for visiting), and to experience every single Portland park through the eyes of his kids. He also looks forward to joining existing efforts to make Portland, and Oregon, more just and inclusive.

For media inquires, Will can be reached at will.howell@portlandoregon.gov of 503-865-6666.

Julian Hanlon-Austin, Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator, (he/him/his), julian.hanlon-austin@portlandor…

Julian is the Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator for Commissioner Rubio. Previously, he spent three years working as the Constituent Relations and Communications Manager for Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran. At the county, Julian tracked all constituent communications and focused on community engagement. He served as the commissioner's diversity, equity and inclusion liaison, and also was the point person for events connected to the office. He is proud of his work improving the safety net for underserved populations, which was best exemplified by his work organizing a Youth Mental Health Outreach Summit attended by more than 200 students from all over Portland.

Julian grew up in Northeast Portland, and attended Grant High School, where he was an award-winning journalist on the school's news magazine. He also played soccer, basketball and track. He went to Willamette University in Salem, where he studied politics and played varsity soccer. He has participated in a variety of internships, including working with UPD Consulting (Baltimore), Future Leaders in Action (New York City), and the communications team for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. In the governor's office, he was responsible for writing speeches, organizing social media, and handling photography and web content. All three internship experiences paved the way for his desire to work in local government. His goal? To help instill a desire to make the City of Portland a better place for all, regardless of your background, culture, race, or heritage.

He continues to live in Northeast Portland with his mini-dachshund, Edna.