Alex Diaz Rios

Portland Community College Board Director Zone 7

My name is Alexander (Alex) Diaz Rios. As a first-generation college graduate and public-school teacher, I am a passionate advocate for education. I currently teach social studies and college/career readiness at Westview High School and CREATE Alternative School. As a lifelong resident of Washington County and a former Portland Community College student, I understand the growth and challenges facing our community.

I have experienced the high cost of higher education and relied on vital retention/support programs as a first-generation college student. As a student, I witnessed and heard the struggles many college students face, such as a lack of guidance, food insecurity, and raising tuition. Through my dedication and hard work, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University.