Umatilla Hires New Communication and Outreach Specialist


The city of Umatilla on Friday, April 12, announced Jessenia Carrillo will be stepping into the new role of communications and outreach specialist.

With a background in education and community engagement, Carrillo brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new position.

Jessenia Carrillo
(Photo courtesy of city of Umatilla)

Before joining the city, Carrillo served as a high school health teacher at Hermiston High School. During her time as a teacher, she gained educational expertise in program development, community engagement skills, creativity, resourcefulness and adaptability, according to the city. Most recently, she contributed her talents to the Umatilla Public Library as a library aide. In this position, she focused on community engagement, designing, organizing and implementing fun, educational programs tailored for children, including themed story time sessions, craft activities and educational workshops.

As Umatilla’s new communication and outreach specialist, Carrillo will help the city advance its communication strategies, expand transparency and work toward its goal of ensuring residents know what’s happening in Umatilla and with its community partners.

“Jessenia consistently demonstrates hard work and enthusiasm in making sure everyone is aware and up to date on city-related business, and her experience in teaching and engaging community members will be further expanded and utilized in this new role,” according to the announcement.

City Manager Dave Stockdale in the announcement said thorough and effective communication is vital as the city continues to experience historic growth.

“Jessenia will be crucial in helping our community members interact and engage with the city,” he said, “and making sure all feel well-informed and have every opportunity to take full advantage of all we have going on.”


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