Betty Dominguez represents District 2 on the Metro Council. She is also the director of East County relations for Home Forward, the housing authority serving Multnomah County and the largest provider of affordable housing in the state.
Her work in policy and equity has been the most exciting and rewarding for her and has provided wide-ranging opportunities for community engagement and efforts to equalize the playing field for underserved and marginalized communities. She is the first woman of color to serve on the Metro Council.
After a career in real estate and construction financing in San Diego, Councilor Dominguez moved to Oregon in 1996 and began work in 1997 as a regional advisor to the director of Oregon’s Housing Finance Agency.
In that role she assisted public, private and non-profit entities develop thousands of affordable housing units throughout a broad section of the state, as well as with community development and main street revitalization efforts. She also had worked with the Legislature and local elected officials on housing policy among many other issues.
As a single mother of two now-adult daughters, she personally experienced the difficulties so many of the regions families are facing today – struggling to pay rent, day care, put food on the table, utilities and transportation expenses.
Councilor Dominguez has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County in San Diego, and on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area. Her grandson attended summer camp programs at the Sellwood club.
Both of her daughters are nurses, and her grandson is a freshman at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie. She has lived in the Oak Grove area of Clackamas County for 12 years.