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Twenty-two years ago Multnomah County held a one day educational conference about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Its purpose was to address the needs of public employees and the communities they serve.  Several years later the City of Portland joined Multnomah County for this annual event. More public employers have continued to join us in sponsoring and planning this annual diversity conference. In 2009, in acknowledgement and celebration of the conference’s regional growth, the planning committee renamed the conference from City/County Diversity Conference to the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference.

The conference’s collaboration presents a unique opportunity to cross diverse boundaries for a common purpose of promoting our diversity values of inclusiveness, respectful work environments, equal opportunity for all, and culturally responsive service.

2016 Planning Committee Members



Percy Winters Jr., Multnomah County

Tami Cockeram, City of Hillsboro

Planning Committee

Multnomah County – Wayne Scott, Kevin Kitamura, Nina Jones, Daniel Garcia

Clackamas County – Emmett Wheatfall

City of Portland – Diane Avery

Metro – Jan Jung, Nyla Moore, Eric Johnson

Portland Public Schools – Bonnie Gray

Portland Development Commission – Wendy Wilcox

Department of Environmental Quality – Susan Korn

Washington County – Barbara Ewart, Wendy Wang

Home Forward – Aidan Gronauer

Port of Portland – Dorothy Clingman

TriMet – Monika Johnson

Oregon Health Authority – Leann Johnson

Portland State University – Sara Saltzberg

City of Gresham – Amber Autry

City of Tigard – Brandi Leos

City of Beaverton – Susan Dixon

City of Lake Oswego – Megan Phelan

Oregon Department of Transportation – Sherrin Coleman

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District – Kylie Bayer-Fertterer

Clark County – Marian Croteau

Conference Coordinator – Carolyn Lee

2015 Planning Committee Members

2015 Planning Committee









2014 Planning Committee Members