Chico came to R2S after having been an organizer with the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. In 2011, Chico and the founder of R2S, Ibrahim Mubarak, went to Washington DC as members of the SEIU/Occupy D5 delegation to educate and lobby members of congress about houselessness and a host of other issues. Prior to being on the Board of R2S, Chico was assisting R2S to identify and research properties throughout the Portland area for their appropriateness as rest areas for the houseless population. Chico practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for twenty five years and currently holds his Principal Broker license while managing his real estate business. Chico takes his inspiration from Berta Caceres, The Black Panther Party, Malcolm X and the many others who have worked tirelessly for the rights of the underprivileged and underserved.