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Caitlin Vargas

I am honored to have been selected as one of the 22 models for the 2019 Kendall Catwalk for a Cause event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley (BGCEV).


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Get To Know Caitlin And Why She Said Yes To Being A Model

How did you get roped into doing this, and what was your first thought when asked?

I have had the privilege of working with Kendall Cares for years and have truly admired their commitment to community. I was honored to grow my relationship with Kendall while supporting one of the best non-profits in Eugene, the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley (BCGEV).


Why did you say yes?

Working in non-profits for the last 8 years, I can confidently say that BCGEV provides something special and unique to this community that genuinely helps kids take a different path. Often working families struggle with child care costs and BGCEV alleviates the stress and financial hardship with a safe space and life-changing programs for school-aged children.


What is your official job title?

Leasing Manager


How would you describe your job to your mother?

I would tell my mother that I am helping to shape the future of Eugene! My job means making the right choices today to impact a better tomorrow. Having the right mix of businesses that are Oregon-based is important to our company and we want to keep the 5th Street Market experience unique and special.

What is your favorite part of your occupation?

Eugene is a city full of passion and potential. I am so excited to be part of 5th Street Public Market's expansion that will transform the landscape of downtown Eugene. Paired with the Riverfront development, Eugene will be bursting with more spaces to live, work and play in the heart of the city. I truly enjoy coordinating and deciding what businesses will be part of this iconic development. It is so fun to take my experience of living in California and Seattle to design what a thriving downtown Eugene will look like. I love the challenge of finding the businesses and then working with them to expand to Eugene!


All families are unique, tell us about yours:

Our four kids are absolutely EVERYTHING to my husband, Alex and me. Jax is 9, Tristan is 6, Brianna is 4 and Spencer is 2. We are always busy with sports practices, extracurricular activities and family adventures! Our family life is definitely a little loud, a little crazy, but with a whole lot of love.

Tell us about your personal passions, talents, and/or hobbies.

I enjoy being plugged in and working behind the scenes to bring economic vitality to Eugene. My current community involvement includes (yes, this is all currently on my calendar): LTD Board of Directors, Programming Chair for Eugene Young Professionals through Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board for NCU's Center for Leadership & Ethics, Looking Glass Board of Stewards, Young Professionals Summit Planning Committee, Relief Nursery Main Event Planning Committee, Cornerstone Community Housing Event Committee, Market Fest Event Committee and numerous LTD committees. I was one of the 20 Under 40 winners for 2018 where I was recognized for my work done at Eugene Mission.


What is something that you swore you would never do as a parent before you had kids that you do now?

Before I had kids, I used to never take naps. Why bother when there are so many adventures waiting!?! Now, 4 kids later, my Sunday afternoons are dedicated to catching up on my sleep.


Who inspired you when you were growing up, and why?

Without question, my parents have always been my inspiration. Both have Master's degrees and impressive careers in city administration right here in Eugene. My parents showed me what it meant to work hard, be grounded in your morals and be part of a community effort. There are no better words to use than "thank you,” to my Mom and Dad. They are the ones who taught me to be resourceful and instilled values in me—especially perseverance and a heart for public service. I would not be who I am today without their unfailing commitment and support.


If you could go back and talk to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?

I would tell my 12-year-old self, "Cool Hypercolor sweatshirt and don't forget that the quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do"

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