Annabelle Jaramillo earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portland State University and worked as a research botanist for the USDA Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, from 1974 until 1987. Jaramillo served as President of National Image Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization, as well as the Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. From 1995 to 2000, she served as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizen's Representative. Her office responded to citizen concerns and she was part of the Governor's senior staff. In 1997, Kitzhaber named Jaramillo to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Board (NEJAC), an EPA body that assists federal agencies in the development of environmental justice strategies. Jaramillo's service with NEJAC ended in 2001.
Jaramillo was elected as a Benton County (Oregon) Commissioner in 2000 and 2004.
The Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers document Jaramillo's undergraduate and graduate education at Portland State University; her work as a research botanist with the US Forest Service; her membership on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and presidency of the National Image, Inc., an Hispanic advocacy organization; and her membership on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).
The NEJAC materials represent about a third of the collection and include correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, publications, and reports. Consisting primarily of informational materials generated by and distributed to NEJAC members, the records document the impact of industrial pollution on minority communities and legal tools and strategies designed to prevent future environmental problems in residential areas from chemical and waste plants. Some of the these records originate from Jaramillo's participation in the NEJAC Air and Water Subcommittee. Materials pertaining to Jaramillo's service with the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Advisory Board and clippings about political and environmental issues in Oregon are also included.
The remainder of the Jaramillo Papers consist of reference materials assembled by Jaramillo and records of her graduate thesis research. The reference files include US Forest Service publications, article reprints, correspondence, grant proposals, and maps; political campaign records; and publications and reports pertaining to women and minorities in science and business, the OSU Minority Action Plan, and Hispanic advocacy.
Materials related to Jaramillo's graduate thesis research on mistletoe include her research notes, thesis drafts, biological specimens, correspondence, an article reprint, and photographs (130 prints, 119 negatives, and 47 slides).
Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.