EMO announces interim president: The Rev. Andrea Cano

We are thrilled to announce that The Rev. Andrea Cano has agreed to be the interim president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO). She will serve in this position for about a year as we search for our next permanent president.

Andrea is bilingual and bicultural, with roots in Mexico. Originally from Los Angeles, she settled in Portland in 1999 after years of international service and travel with the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, and working for NGOs in Quito, Ecuador, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

A former chair of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, she has extensive experience leading nonprofits, including the Oregon Farm Worker Ministry and the National Microradio Implementation Project. She has also been involved in the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Rose Villa Senior Living Center, National Policy Consensus Center, and Providence Center for Health Care Ethics.

Andrea is a founding member of the Latina Associates for Collaborative Engagement (LACE). She cherishes the goal of creando un mundo donde todos pertenecemos [creating a world where all belong], with equity, accessibility and authentic inclusion as Oregon becomes more richly diverse in all of it expressions.

Ordained with the United Church of Christ, Andrea is also a board-certified clinical chaplain and a member of the state of Oregon’s Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council. She is currently involved at Ainswoth United Church of Christ, the faith community that hosts EMO’s HIV Day Center.

Andrea worked as program staff for EMO over 15 years ago and is excited to be back, helping to steward EMO during this interim period.