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Interview with Felicita Monteblanco, Albertina Kerr, 2009 (audio)

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Albertina Kerr Centers, Non profit -- Oregon, Sustainability, Fund raising


Interview of Felicita Monteblanco by Charles Gilman on May 20th, 2009.


Since November of 2007, Felicita Monteblanco has been the Events Coordinator for Albertina Kerr. Albertina Kerr is a local nonprofit organization that "partners with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self determined lives and realize their full potential." Felicita Monteblanco holds a BA from the University of San Francisco.


Coming out of college determined to work for social change, especially with a non-profit organization, Felicita began working as an events coordinator for Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses, a benefit for the Kerr organization that aids individuals and families with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Because events can be so harmful to the environment, Monteblanco aims to take steps to be as eco-friendly as possible. Taking cues from the excellent sustainable practices of the Oregon Convention Center, the site which acts as the gathering place for the race, Monteblanco has increased the event's recycling and compost, and eyes towards implementing ridesharing and bike valet in the future. Monteblanco explains the difficulties of implementing sustainable techniques within a fixed budget, combined with the main focus of the race, to raise awareness for Albertina Kerr.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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