Representative-elect Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland) was selected to attend the prestigious National Institute for Newly Elected Officials in Washington, D.C. this month.

The three and half-day “boot camp”, hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, provides newly elected officials with the opportunity to further enhance their governance skills and build relationships with fellow public servants and experts from all over the United States.

Representative-elect Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland) attended the National Institute for Newly Elected Officials in Washington, D.C. this month.

The training will give Representative-elect Pederson a head start in effectively working to address the most pressing issues facing her constituents in midcounty.

Pederson will be mentored by national and local leaders who have been champions for their communities, including Florida State Senator and Hispanic Legislative Caucus Chair Rene Garcia, New York City Council member Julissa Ferreras and Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia.

The training will provide tools for implementing effective service to constituents as well as tips for maximizing limited resources for our community.

Pederson will learn from experts on a variety of governance areas including budgeting, public policy and ethics among others. Through the Institute, she will gain access to national experts and resources that she can leverage for the benefit of Oregon.

Pederson was elected to serve Oregon’s House District 47, the seat vacated by Jefferson Smith, last month after winning a contested primary in May.

She will be the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives.

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