Sector 7

Private Nonprofit Director

Benjamin Gerritz

Prevention Educator
Cascade AIDS Project

Benjamin’s passion for social justice began at a young age with values instilled by his mother, a teacher in the David Douglas School District. As a child, he would canvass with her in an effort to stop ballot Measure 5 from being approved by voters. While those efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, he’s grateful for his mother having demonstrated to him why fighting for Oregon’s services is imperative to living a fulfilled life.

Benjamin began his work with SEIU 503 as a worksite leader at the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, the area’s largest non-profit HIV/AID service organization, where he had previously volunteered for four years. Now, as an assistant director on SEIU 503’s Board of Directors, Benjamin is excited to work to create necessary change to achieve a system that promotes increased opportunity—a system that is more equitable for all families.

Benjamin volunteers regularly in support of a number of organizations and causes. Among his activities is his extensive volunteer work with SEIU, serving as Board Chair for Know Your City, as a board member of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, participating in Health4Care rallies and events, volunteering with Alliance for Democracy, Jobs with Justice, work with Basic Rights of Oregon, LGBTQ spokesperson for Move To Amend, and volunteering at Sunshine Division’s food pantry.

Benjamin and his husband, Luis, reside in Portland.