Queta believes that our differences make us stronger. A deep resonance with family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin both her life and work. She is the Director of the Portland-based Center for Diversity & the Environment (CDE).
Queta feels privileged to have worked internationally on development and implementation of equity, diversity & inclusion strategies and trainings. A seasoned professional, she has been facilitating and coaching people in Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, government, and small businesses for over twenty years. She has developed and delivered trainings across a myriad of cultures and worked in partnership with a variety of organizations.
She is an adventurer who follows her passions. Her experiences run wide and deep, amounting to a litany of professional roles: assistant curator of an invertebrate museum; experiential and wilderness-based educator; recreation planner; advocate and educator with youth; gang rescue team; adolescent health care advocate and educator; food security advocate; trainer; as well serving in numerous team and organizational leadership roles. Two common threads connecting her diverse experiences revolve around systems of community and ecology. Her life and work have thus been characterized by the advancement of diverse, inclusive and equitable environments and a deep connection to rivers, land and wilderness. Her commitment to social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and has been growing and evolving since.,
Queta serves on the Roadmap to the Outdoors steering team, on the Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors and is a founding board member for the Willamette River Network. She is eternally grateful for and enriched by supportive and loving family and friends and lives in Portland with her amazing partner and two cats.