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Councilor Mario Palmero

  • Term of Office: January 2019 to December 2022

    Mario PalmeroMario Palmero was first 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. He was elected by his peers and served as Council President from January - December 2016.

    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 primary committee assignments include: Gresham Task Force on Homelessness, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, JOIN, and Citizen Engagement. His alternate assignments are: Public Safety, Natural Resources and Sustainability, A Home for Everyone, and the Sister Cities of Ebetsu Japan and Socho South Korea.  

    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.”