Mario Palmero - Council Position #4
Term of Office: January 2015 to December 2018
Councilor Mario Palmero was elected to a four-year term in Council Position 4 on Nov. 4, 2014 and sworn into office on Jan. 6, 2015. Previously he was appointed to fill the vacant seat in December 2012. On Jan. 5, 2016 his colleagues elected him to serve as the 2016, Council President.
Councilor Palmero is a benefits coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Self-Sufficiency Program in Gresham. A 10-year resident of Gresham, living in the Rockwood neighborhood, he has volunteered with Rockwood Weed and Seed; Habitat for Humanity; the SMART youth reading development program; and the AARP Vita Tax Aid program. Much of his professional life has been devoted to improving the quality of life of Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Portland State University and an associate’s degree in political science from Mt. Hood Community College. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and is studying Russian.
Councilor Palmero's committee assignments include Natural Resources & Sustainability Committee, Gresham Redevelopment Commission Citizen Advisory Committee, Gresham Sister City Association, Planning Commission and Design Commission.
Councilor Palmero’s goals include economic development and improved community safety.
“I want to build bridges within the diverse population of Gresham and its City Council to make certain everyone is heard and represented,” he says, adding: “I take pride in working for the community…Gresham’s best years are yet to come.”
You can reach Councilor Palmero at 503-618-2232, or 503-618-2871 or via Mario.Palmero@GreshamOregon.gov.