New Portlander Programs Coordinator
Polo is the second of his Manado mother and Catalan father’s four sons. Their family was expelled from Indonesia and resettled in Salem. He is a 1983 Howard University, RHSmith Community Law Fellow and a 1984 Fellow of the International Court of Justice. His undergrad and graduate work was in human migrations in the Netherlands, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, and Thailand.
Polo is an activist lawyer on the West Coast and Southeast Asia. Some of this work has been featured on PBS Imaging America; WNET New York's Religion & Ethics; Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Oregon Public Radio. His articles have appeared in New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wisconsin Journal, and of course The Oregonian. Polo is senior contributing editor for The Asian Reporter and author of Counter Culture, Immigrant Stories from Portland Café Counters.
Polo's daughter Caricia is a public health doctor, teaching at UC Berkeley and researching in Indonesia and India. Son Aden is an artist and graphic designer. He has exhibited in Amsterdam, New York, and San Francisco.
Polo and artist wife Nim are new grandparents.