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Jim Lindly is the director of the Lane Community College Small Business Development Center


Celia Nunez 2017 smallCelia Núñez - SBDC Director at Chemeketa Community College

Primary Service area - Marion, Polk, Yamhill

Bio - As a former small business owner, an elected official, Celia Núñez is very passionate about making a difference in the community. She has held a variety of challenging and significant leadership positions in both the private sector and state government.

Currently, Celia is an Agency Training Specialist for State Farm Insurance Companies and is based out of Portland, OR. She started her State Farm career in 2006 as an executive agency recruiter for the Pacific Northwest. Celia was a successful independent State Farm agent in Newberg, Oregon, gaining valuable insight and professional experience as a small business owner. Prior to her current role, she served as an Agent Development Manager in Irvine, CA where she was responsible for developing the talent of new State Farm Agents. Additionally, Celia worked for over 20 years in the private sector as a banker, communications director and marketing officer.

An advocate for higher education, Celia serves as a Board of Trustee for Oregon Tech. She is also a former Fellow of the Portland Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (HMC) – Latino Leadership Program and the Salem Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Salem and was a city councilmember for the City of Wilsonville, Oregon. In addition, she spent a decade as a proud member of the Oregon Community Foundation’s (OCF) Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council.

Celia earned her B.A. and her M.B.A. from George Fox University in Oregon. She is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), class of 2004, the J.F.K. School of Government Executive Program at Harvard University and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego, CA.

Celia is a proud Latina of Mexican descent, is bilingual and bicultural and is excited to bring these skills to the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Núñez said, “I’m excited about joining Chemeketa as the Director for the Small Business Development Center and extend my thanks to the Search Committee, for their confidence and warm welcome.  Chemeketa has so much to offer and provides many opportunities for our small business community at this point in its history. Engaging with everyone to take the Center to its next level of excellence is a venture I am excited to begin. I look forward to being part of the Chemeketa community on and off campus.”

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