My passion is empowering youth to pursue a higher education, empower their communities, and serve as mentors to younger generations. I credit my success to the mentorship of community members who believed in me and the endless support and encouragement from my family. Now I strive to do the same for my students.

Dr. Mayra Gómez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At fifteen her family moved to Oregon where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in North Portland. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 2002. She went on to pursue her Masters degree in Urban Education at the University of California-Los Angeles.

She began her teaching career as a middle school social studies teacher in Los Angeles, CA. Once in Oregon she served as the AVID coordinator and social studies and ELL teacher at Gresham High School.

As an administrator, she has held the positions of assistant principal at Reynolds High School and Federal Programs Coordinator at Centennial School District. She earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from Lewis and Clark College in the spring of 2017 and is currently the Director of College and Career Readiness in West Linn Wilsonville School District.


Every student has the right to an equitable education that will provide an array of post-secondary options. Building partnerships between students, families, schools and communities can lead to the success of an entire generation.

  • Student Voice

    Students and their families should be included in decision making processes that pertain to their education.

  • Teacher Empowerment

    Teachers and staff should be empowered and provided the resources necessary to provide ALL of our students with the best instruction possible.

  • Community Partnership

    Providing our students an array of postsecondary options requires hands-on experiences. Our community partners are the best resource we have to design and provide these opportunities.


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  • "Dr. Gómez represents the lived experiences of the community of Gresham. She understands the struggles of our students and shares the value of education. She will provide the space for student voice and steer youth empowerment."

    Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum
  • "She has been key to my success in school and work and has always been my go to person. I'm very thankful for her and know she would bring the same support to the Gresham-Barlow community with her knowledge and expertise."

    Helena Magana (Graphic designer and former student)

Carla Piluso, Oregon State Representative

Diego Hernandez, Oregon State Representative & Reynolds SD School Board

Mario Palmero Gresham City Council

Eddy Morales, Gresham City Council

Andrea Valderrama, Vice Chair, David Douglas SD School Board


We're proud to endorse Dr. Mayra Gomez for Gresham-Barlow School Board

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