Roque Barros

Director - Ford Institute


Provides leadership to the Ford Institute; focuses on community building; strengthens and builds community relationships and collaborations; supports capacity building in communities.

How to Contact Me:

e-mail: [email protected] phone: (541) 957-1530

Roque Barros assumed his duties as director for the Ford Institute for Community Building in March 2015. Barros came to the Foundation from Austin, Texas, where he served as vice president of community impact at Southwest Key Programs, a national organization. The nonprofit provides education, shelter and alternatives to incarceration for more than 200,000 youth and their families annually.

He has worked as an adviser to communities nationwide on how to conduct resident-led work. In addition, he served as the interim president of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation/Jacobs Family Foundation and as executive director of Los Niños, an organization involved in community development and educational programs along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

In his work, he has created curriculum and programs that build the capacity of local residents to lead the change they want to see in their neighborhoods.

At the Ford Institute, Roque and Max Gimbel, associate director, created the draft framework for the Community Building Approach, which puts communities at the center. It starts with where communities are and builds on their assets. It focuses on creating the change the community wants, celebrating successes, and remaining flexible enough to adapt as the work progresses. 

He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, Calif. 

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