May 232017

We are thrilled to introduce you to ROP’s most recent organizer to join the staff team, Keyla Almazan!

Keyla first met ROP through her kickass work with her local human dignity group in Yamhill County many years ago, and she has served in just about every role at ROP possible since, including interning, working as ROP staff, and serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Keyla was on staff for a year and a half before she went to school to get her degree in 2013. She is now back at ROP to bring her sharp strategic thinking, political savvy, and infectious enthusiasm to leading Know Your Rights trainings around the state.

Keyla says, “When I left for school, I realized that ROP has become my home, where I am nurtured and challenged to be better. This is where I can be my true self, and share my passion for social justice in rural Oregon, as people share their amazing life stories and ideas with me. I am so happy to be back!!!”

Everyone who has the opportunity to work with Keyla can testify to how she strategically moves mountains for justice and human dignity, encourages and builds up leaders around her, and inspires many with her drive and tenacity. We are so grateful to have Keyla back on staff!

Send Keyla an email welcoming her back at, and come see her in action at the Caucus on June 3rd & 4th!

Keyla Sulem Almazan Martinez’s, aka Keyla Almazan, organizing savvy comes from a long history of organizing, from co-founding MEChA at The Dalles High School, to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, to being a volunteer leader on a project to build a community garden and bridge the gap between Latinos and Anglos in Yamhill County. Keyla first got involved with Rural Organizing Project in 2009 through Newberg Human Dignity where her warmth, passion for organizing, and skill at developing camaraderie with a wide variety of people was clear right away. She was a volunteer co-facilitator of ROP’s first Rural Latino Leadership Summit in February 2011. Keyla was an ROP staff organizer for 1½ years until she went back to school at Linfield College, interning with Unidos Bridging Community in Yamhill County and ROP while in school. Keyla’s heartfelt commitment to justice in rural Oregon has led her back to ROP staff where she excited to travel the state once again, connecting fierce local leaders for human dignity, and leading Know Your Rights trainings!

 Posted by on May 23, 2017