My name is Dennis Osorio. One of my long-term personal and professional goals is to make a difference in everyday people’s lives. This has mostly taken the form of working in the nonprofit sector, sometimes in direct service and other times in grassroots organizing. One theme and assumption that underlies many of my activities is a belief in education as a tool for empowerment.
Below is a timeline of my professional highlights beginning with the latest year on top.
Created a new small business website for AM-TECH.
Re-designed AM-TECH’s logo and a series of product labels.
Began getting involved with Community Voices Heard, primarily as a member-leader, but occasionally for short-term database projects.
Created Building Websites for the People!, a tutorial-based website.
Started providing computer maintenance and support for African Communities Together‘s small office network.
Created Spreadsheets for the People!, a tutorial-based website.
Provided research support for the report “Broken Bootstraps: Falling Behind on Full-Time Work for Alliance for a Just Society.”
I created a small business website for MG Inkworks in New York.
Report author for “Guide to Money in Politics: Research Tools for Issue Campaigns” for the Alliance for a Just Society.
In June I stepped down from Alliance for a Just Society to pursue freelance research and website building.
I created a small business website for Matthew Graham Photography located in New York.
Report author for “Rules of the Road: Regulating Insurance Companies is a Critical Component of Health Reform” for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society).
I continued to contribute data-based research and analysis used in materials released by Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) including:
- Health Insurers Break Profit Records as 2.7 Million Americans Lose Coverage
- Health Insurers Falsely Claim Rising Costs Justify Soaring Premiums
I redesigned and rebuilt the organizational website for Washington CAN!.
I conducted data-based research and analysis used in the following reports released by DC-based Health Care for America Now! (HCAN):
- Total Compensation for CEOs of Major Health Insurers, 2000 – 2008
- Premiums Soaring in Consolidated Health Insurance Market: Lack of Competition Hurts Rural States, Small Businesses
- Unequal Lives: Health Care Discrimination Harms Communities of Color
- The Health Equity Challenge: People of Color are Living Sicker and Dying Younger in California
- California Consumers Pay the Price For Health-Insurance Market Failure
From February until the organization closed its doors in September, I served as Office Manager for 1000 Friends of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.
In March I built the organizational website for Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM.
In July I redesigned and rebuilt the organizational website for Idaho Community Action Network.
In September I built the campaign website Great Streets ABQ for Albuquerque Alliance for Active Living
In September I returned to Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) as a Research Associate.
I co-authored the living wage report, “The 2008 Job Gap: Tough Times for Northwest Families.”
In July, I left the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA to relocate to Albuquerque, NM.
From Albuquerque, I continued to do some freelance work with the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in research and webmaster capacities.
For example, I co-authored the following two living wage reports:
- The Race for Wages, Living Wage Jobs in the Current Economy: 2007 Northwest Job Gap Study
- 2007 Northwest Job Gap Study: Living in the Red
Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA promoted me to Communications, Technology and Research Associate.
I set up small office networks in:
- our office in Seattle, WA;
- Missoula and Billings, MT for Montana People’s Action;
- Boise and Burley, ID for Idaho Community Action Network; and
- Medford, OR for Oregon Action.
I built and maintained the following websites during this period:
- Alliance for a Just Society (formerly Northwest Federation of Community Organizations)
- Montana People’s Action
- Immigrant Organizing Resource Center
- Health Rights Organizing Project
I co-authored two series of living wage publications:
Job Gap: Searching for Work that Pays
- Searching for Work that Pays: 2007 Northwest Job Gap Study
- Searching For Work That Pays: 2005 Northwest Job Gap Study
- Searching For Work That Pays: 2004 Northwest Job Gap Study
Job Gap: Living Wage Jobs in the Current Economy
- Living Wage Jobs in the Current Economy: 2006 Northwest Job Gap
- Northwest Job Gap Study: Living Wage Jobs in the Economy
Investigated and compared the use of various free open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for producing maps and conducting geographic analyses.
Provided technical assistance with voter registration and turnout of Native American voters with Indian People’s Action in Montana.
I joined the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA as the Office Manager.
As Office Manager, I was responsible for the office’s administrative and financial systems. I learned about small office networks and how to make websites. I handled travel and event logistics for various functions and conferences. I stayed in this position until being promoted in 2006.
After ten years of starts and stops and much toil and debt, I finally received my B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. My concentration was in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
I taught a class combining ESL, US History, and civics to prepare refugee seniors in Kirkland, WA to take citizenship exams and improve their English-language skills. This was part-time employment with the Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. I stayed through much of 2000.
In November, I was invited to return to the Literacy Action Center (now Literacy Source) to work part-time as an Advisor/Assessor with the National External Diploma Program. I remained in this position until 2007, when I relocated to Albuquerque, NM.
During this year-long position, I coordinated volunteer-led English conversation “Talk Time” classes for adult ESL students; matched one-on-one volunteer tutors with beginning-level students; recruited volunteers and students from neighborhood businesses and organizations; and managed and advised ESL students and volunteers.