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Juan Jose Gonzalez
"To me, Stand is a great fusion of three facets of social change: people, policy, and politics.  To work with working class people, residents of my own city and community, and transform their understanding of educational opportunities and change is incrediblby fulfilling and energizing to me.  Don't get me wrong, this is difficult and emotional work, but working in education is the key to revamping our communities and Stand gives me the opportunity to do so in a unique and innovative way."


Sonja Semion
"I love working at Stand because we approach the challenge of changing the odds for thousands of students with an entrepreneurial drive.  I'm inspired to start my day by asking myself, "If not me, who?"

Adria Marquez
"I work at Stand because a great education and the opportunity to succeed should be every child's right, not a privilege based on income or zip code. At Stand, I have the opportunity to use my own set of skills and experience to make a difference that matters. Stand is not only invested in improving the odds for children, but also in ensuring that we are able to grow and develop with the organization. To be able to do what I love, and love what I do, next to incredibly passionate and talented colleagues, is what gets me up every morning ready for anything." 


Mirna Cibrian
"As an organizer, I am inspired everyday by our valiant leaders and members who drive our work!  Stand gives me the opportunity to help parents be lifelong advocates and that is truly one of the best parts of my job!  It is a great feeling to work for an organization where we don’t only make a difference for parents and their children in Oregon, but throughout the nation."