Carlos Olivares, a Pepperdine University graduate, grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. Prior to relocating to the Yakima Valley, he served in several administrative positions at health centers in California. Over the years he gained a national reputation for being a respected voice for people who lack access to affordable, high-quality health care. He became a nationally-recognized expert in the provision of cost-effective medical services for migrant workers, as well as for low-income uninsured and under-insured populations.
During his long tenure as Executive Director, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has grown to 19 clinics. YVFWC has 1,670 employees at 35 locations throughout Washington and Oregon that provide medical care, dental, orthodontia, nutritional counseling, autism screening and behavioral health. YVFWC also offers community programs that provide assistance with employment and training, after-school education, rental and shelter assistance, energy assistance, weatherization, HIV and AIDS counseling and testing, home visits, tobacco cessation and three mobile medical/dental clinics.
Finally, Carlos is and active and contributing member of his community. He has been a member of HAAP, an organization that promotes and provides scholarships for Hispanic students to pursue higher education. For over 10 years he served on the Board of Directors of Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, a school that predominantly serves Hispanic and minority students. He is also a founding board member of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, a medical school that graduated its first class of physicians in 2012. Additionally, he served on the 2020 Commission, a body entrusted with reviewing the higher education system in the State of Washington.