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2016 Coffee with Electeds – See Who’s Coming




President Tom Hughes, Metro






Councilor Sam Chase, Metro






Councilor Shirley Craddick, Metro






Councilor Kathryn Harrington, Metro






Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland






Don Krupp, Clackamas County Administrator






City Councilor Olga Acuna, Hillsboro






Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County






Commissioner Jules Bailey, Multnomah County






Commissioner Loretta Smith, Multnomah County






Commissioner Judy Shiprack, Multnomah County






Commissioner Diane McKeel, Multnomah County



Announcing this Year’s Winner of the 2016 Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award


2016 Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award Winner


Kory Murphy

Kory Murphy

Kory Murphy is an extraordinary leader at Multnomah County whose work in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion has had far-reaching impacts in both Multnomah County as well as with other jurisdictions in this region.

Born and raised in Portland, OR by his mother, with help from determined grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends, Kory’s family experience—mixed with sports, faith and education—shaped his desire and life goal to help develop solid families and enhanced opportunities for all youth to thrive in this region. Prior to coming to Multnomah County, he worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services, coordinating the Governor’s Child Welfare Racial Equity Task Force and the Casey Foundation’s Partnership with DHS to reduce disproportionality in foster care.

Kory came to Multnomah County in October 2013 to help Multnomah County roll out its Equity and Empowerment Lens and to make it accessible and meaningful to leaders and staff in all nine departments. He helped create learning materials and facilitated sensitive and productive conversations about structural racism and inequity. Throughout his work Kory has emphasized the importance of respectful, compassionate relationships. According to Human Resources Manager Wayne Scott, “Kory was initiating sensitive conversations that needed to happen at Multnomah County while our country was being torn apart by the effects of structural racism. Kory was fearless in pushing people—especially white guys like me—to confront real issues at home in a respectful and productive way, to see connections between national tragedies and the ways we treat each other in this community.”

Currently Kory works in the county’s Department of County Assets as a Workforce Equity Specialist, where he has gone where few men have gone before: creating an inclusive, diverse culture in Information Technology. Working with managers and directors, he has provided tools and skills to support leadership appreciation for the importance of how Diversity + Inclusion = Equity. His colleagues, many of whom supported his nomination for this award, praise him. According to Deputy CIO Bob Leek, “Kory has impressed upon me that I have implicit biases, that … are an influence on my leadership, and that in my role as a leader I have an obligation to intentionally address the lack of diversity typically found in IT organizations, including ours.”

Kory’s influence extends beyond his own department. He has worked on several key projects for the Multnomah County Library. He assisted in the development of Rockwood Makerspace’s safety agreements by applying Multnomah County’s Equity and Empowerment Lens and then facilitating a conversation with employees. According to Library HR Director Shelly Kent, “We valued his contribution to this process as it helped us frame how we were looking at safety and [also] barriers with regard to Rockwood’s very diverse community. He helped us take the conversation to another level, and his work has left a lasting impression…”

Kory met with the library’s Executive Management Team. He generously gave his time to help guide the work that needs to be done as the Library begins an organizational equity assessment. Kory helped the Library to realize that they needed their own Workforce Equity Manager to bring credibility and thoughtfulness to the work, a new position that was just hired. But there’s more.

Kory’s influence extends to other jurisdictions outside Multnomah County. His role and commitment to equity as a Multnomah County employee includes his involvement in the National League of Cities’ Black Male Achievement Initiative, which is aimed at improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys in the areas of: Education, Employment, Family Stability, and Criminal Justice. Kory’s frontline work on this initiative range from facilitating stakeholder sessions to joining others on the national stage to address today’s pressing issues facing black males in the region and across the country.

Because of his low-key style and humility, Kory tends to stay in the background and to listen and observe. But in fact he is a very fitting recipient of this award and deserves this high recognition. Kory follows in the tradition of Robert Phillips himself, who tirelessly navigated difficult conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the region, who brought everyone to the table, and who promoted deep change to make our communities more livable, accessible, and equitable.

Among the well deserving nominees:

Diane Avery, City of Portland

Dawniel Miller, Clark County Assessor’s Office

Rita Jimenez, Multnomah County Library

Dora Perry, City of Portland

David Cardona, Oregon Health Authority

Amalia Alarcon Morris, City of Portland

Betsy Ruef, City of Tigard

Portland Housing Bureau, City of Portland

Office of Equity and Partnerships, Portland Public Schools

Desiree Williams-Rajee, City of Portland



Reason for the Award

This award is named in recognition of Robert Phillips, Multnomah County Affirmative Action Officer, who has worked in the area of equal employment opportunity for over 25 years and has a long history of involvement in the civil rights field. As Director of Multnomah County’s Affirmative Action Office, Robert was responsible for the development of policy initiatives, plans and programs that promoted respectful work environments for diverse employees and assisted the organization in meeting its equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations. Additionally, Robert served as a commissioner for the Port of Portland’s Civil Service Commission where he has served for 10 years. His community service includes appointments to the Nike Corporation’s Minority Affairs Advisory Board; Gubernatorial appointments to the State Commission on Black Affairs and the State Board to Register Clinical Social Workers; and service on the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee.

In 1996, the diversity program he managed for the City of Portland was recognized as a best practice model by People Management Resources, a division of Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Robert was also responsible for initiating the first national conference on performance measures for diversity programs, sponsored by the National Quality Institute. In addition, Robert was a recipient of the 2009 Arthur Flemming Award by the Multnomah County Managers of Color, the Oregon assembly for Black Affairs Political Development Award, the Northwest Conference of Black Elected Officials Leadership Award and the 2009 Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award. He was the first public sector African American graduate of the Center of Creative Leadership’s African American Leadership Program.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners proclaimed February 28, 2012, as Robert Phillips Appreciation Day in Multnomah County, Oregon. In retirement from Multnomah County, Robert has an encore career during which he will serve as a member of the NW Renal Patients Advisory Board; the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs Political Convention Planning Committee and the Port of Portland Fire Department Civil Service Board.

This award was created to honor his many contributions in the field of equity for all.



Past Recipients

Procurement Services

2015 – City of Portland, Procurement Services: 2015 Award Insert










2014 – Victoria Cross: 2014 Award Insert



Carole Smith







2013 – Carole Smith: 2013 Award Insert










2012 – Loretta Young: 2012 Award Insert











2011 – Donny Adair: 2011 Award Insert











2010 – Vera Pool: 2010 Award Insert











2009 – Robert Phillips: 2009 Award Insert



Registration for Conference Sessions Closed

Registration closed Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST.

Registration for the NWPEDC is not open to the public and is available for our sponsoring organizations, or any outside public agencies who have made special arrangements to attend.

Look for your organization’s internal announcement for more information and instructions. For questions, please contact the appropriate planning committee member as follows:

Multnomah County – Victoria Cross:

Clackamas County – Emmett Wheatfall:

City of Portland – Diane Avery:

Portland Development Commission – Wendy Wilcox:

Washington County – Barb Ewart:

Metro – Nyla Moore:

Clark County – Marian Croteau:

Portland Public Schools – Bonnie Gray:

Department of Environmental Quality – Susan Korn:

Home Forward – Aidan Gronauer:

Port of Portland – Dorothy Clingman:

TriMet – Monika Johnson:

City of Hillsboro – Tami Cockeram:

Oregon Health Authority – Leann Johnson:

City of Gresham – Amber Autry:

City of Tigard – Brandi Leos:

Oregon Department of Transportation – Sherrin Coleman:

City of Beaverton – Susan Dixon:

Portland State University – Sara Saltzberg:

City of Lake Oswego – Megan Phelan:

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District – Kylie Bayer-Fertterer:

All Other – Carolyn Lee:


Beyond Inclusion: Partnerships that Change the Culture of Public Service

Session Description

If you cannot identify with people or a problem, then it’s difficult for you to create policy that can solve it. – Tennessee Rep. Raumesh A. Akbari, District 91

Envisioning an inclusive public engagement and decision-making process asks that we set a new expectation for what community partnerships look like. It starts with a public service culture committed to listening deeply to the people it serves.

It requires a responsiveness and openness to the difficult conversations that emerge from authentic engagement between public agencies and communities. The desired outcome is decisions that better reflect the cultural diversity of the region.

Workshop participants will hear from and engage with community partners, Metro staff from three public engagement efforts and a Metro councilor. Together, workshop participants and facilitators will explore the opportunities, challenges and difficult conversations that push public agency culture change. The workshop program will be framed around the following objectives in Metro’s equity strategy:

  • Establish and strengthen relationships with communities of color

Discover how Centro Cultural de Washington County in Cornelius is helping Metro connect with community members to plan for a future nature park at Chehalem Ridge.

  • Increase accountability by ensuring community involvement in the evaluation and implementation efforts Learn how Metro’s 2018 Regional Transportation Plan update is bringing community leaders to the decision-making table with elected leaders of the region to help create a vision for the transportation system of the future.
  • Increase participation of communities of color in Metro’s decision making

Hear directly from young social justice leaders of Momentum Alliance’s Student Alliance Project and Leveraging Momentum Youth Education Advocates (YEA!) about how their active participation in the development of Metro’s equity strategy helped shape the final plan adopted by the Metro Council in June 2016.

Beyond inclusion: Partnerships that change the culture of public service moves the conversation from planning for inclusion to implementing collaborative and co-created engagement activities that bring voices from communities of color into the decision-making process in authentic and impactful ways. Connecting community to policymakers through shared experiences, problem-solving and opportunities to envision the future of the region together builds the trust and resilient relationships needed in these transformational times.

Participants attending this workshop will learn:

  • Three things every public agency can do to more effectively engage with communities of color – as related by Metro community partners
  • How community partners from each project measure inclusive and meaningful public engagement
  • What community engagement experiences most impact decision-makers and why

Come prepared!

  • Community and staff presenters will be seated with workshop participants in theater-in-the- round format and use an open space to promote access, conversation and connections between presenters and participants.
  • Participants are invited to bring examples of engagement activity and presenters offer suggestions for making activity inclusive and meaningful for their organization or community.
  • Participants are invited to place an inclusion challenge in a fishbowl to be drawn by presenters who facilitate a crowd-sourced solution.

About the Presenter(s)

Speaker Bios


Community Measures

Executive Summary

Voices from the Region


Volunteer Registration is Closed


Volunteer registration opens Thursday, September 1, 2016 and closes Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST or until full.

Thank you for choosing to be a volunteer at this year’s conference.  Please note a majority of volunteer positions will be needed for the full day of the conference.  It is critical that you verify with your superior your availability to serve this day.  It is extremely difficult to replace a volunteer assignment due to a volunteer withdrawing once the position has been filled.

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s conference, please complete the volunteer registration form.

Please note that you will not be registered as a volunteer until you submit the form. Volunteer positions are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If all positions are filled, there is a waiting list available. If you have any questions regarding volunteering at the conference, please contact Nina Jones at Multnomah County at



6:30 am – 1:00 pm Pre-Conference (Registration)
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Opening Announcements
8:15 am – 8:30 am Ted Talk
8:45 am – 9:30 am Coffee with Elected Officials
10:00 am – 12:00 pm General Sessions Period 1 and Executive Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Service with Award and Keynote Speaker
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Network w/ Dessert
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm General Sessions Period 2


General Assistance: Provide a wide range of volunteer assistance before, during, and after the conference, including filling in for missing volunteers. Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Meet and Greet: Greet conference goers as they enter the Oregon Convention Center, assist with directing individuals to registration tables, meeting rooms, restrooms, etc. M&G volunteers must be available for entire “Pre Conference preparation” period from 6:30am 8:45am.

Registration: Arrive early (6:30am) to set up the registration tables and organize conference packets and bags. As conference goers arrive, the Registration volunteers sign people in and hand them their folders. Registration volunteers must be available for entire “Pre Conference preparation” period.

Workshop Room Monitor: Arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop to help with set-up, let participants into the room, and prevent the room from filling above capacity. Additionally, Room Monitors may be asked to introduce the presenters using the provided biographical information. New to the conference this year is the participants’ ability to register for their workshops and Room Monitors will be checking names at the door.  Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Room Technician: Ensures that rooms are equipped according to the preferences of the presenters (with pens, paper, flip charts, etc.). These volunteers will be responsible for transitions between sessions according to the supply list provided to them. Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Lunch Volunteer: Will be ushering conference-goers into the Portland Ballroom, with the goal of filling up the front tables before the back.



Q: When will I be notified that I am a volunteer?

A: You will receive an email confirmation when you have completed the online volunteer registration form. You will be notified by our Volunteer Coordinator once you are assigned as a volunteer.

Q: Will I be notified if I have not been selected as a volunteer.

A: Yes, you will be notified by our Volunteer Coordinator if you have been waitlisted.

Q: Do I have to register for the general conference if I am a volunteer?

A: No. Once you are a confirmed volunteer, you do not have to register for the general conference (opening Monday, September 19, 2016). If you are on the wait list, at this time it would be best to register for the general conference if you wish to attend.

Q: During my volunteer off hours at the conference, may I attend workshops?

A: Volunteers have a complimentary pass to the conference luncheon and keynote address, as well as access to the full day of activities at the conference when you are off duty. Although volunteers do not register for workshops, they are allowed if room permits.


About Scott Winn

Scott Winn is a faculty member at the University of Washington, School of Social Work where he teaches courses centered on the role of social workers as agents for social and economic change.  He is active with a variety of community groups including the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Western States Center. He is a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.  Scott supports institutions, organizations and movements in addressing racism, heterosexism, classism and other forms of oppression through trainings and strategic development.


About Michael Hulshof-Schmidt and Kenya Budd

Michael Hulshof-Schmidt

Michael Hulshof-Schmidt is the Executive Director of Equality Works, NW. Michael’s education includes a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, and a degree in English from Oglethorpe University. He teaches Social Justice in Portland State University’s School of Social Work. His mission is to create and sustain conversations around race, gender, privilege, and LGBT issues: to speak one’s truth respectfully and with honor.


Kenya Budd

Kenya Budd is an educator and consultant with over 10 years experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has trained leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve diversity outcomes. Additionally, Kenya has designed and led peace building projects for communities in  conflict, specifically in Cowlitz and Clark counties in Washington.





About Glenn Harris

Glenn HarrisGlenn Harris has been working on issues of race and social justice for over twenty years He has worked with community groups, foundations, and government agencies dedicated to building a more democratic, and racially equitable society. He is currently the President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national strategy organization that works to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. CSI develops policy strategies, develops leaders on the ground, and researches how to normalize and reframe conversation on race to promote a more inclusive democracy.

Previously, Glenn worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative is to end institutionalized racism in City government and promote multiculturalism and full participation by all residents. Glenn has supported the start of similar initiatives in jurisdictions across the country, and helped to found the regional Governing for Racial Equity Network.

Glenn’s work in the City of Seattle also included the establishment of the Seattle Office of the Community Police Commission and five years as the Southeast District Coordinator for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Glenn came to City government after five years with Western States Center, an intermediary that provides technical assistance and training to organizations working to achieve social change in an eight-state region. Glenn was also the Interim-Director at the MRG Foundation in Portland Oregon, and currently is a board member of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and Willamette Valley Law Project, an Oregon based non-profit supporting farmworker rights.


Responding to Microaggressions

Session Description

What are racial microaggressions? How do you spot them? Most importantly, how can you interrupt them in constructive ways that avoid blame, shame, and guilt? This session will use engaging activities to explore what microaggressions are and why they are so harmful, and introduce the key skill of separating impact and intent.

Attendees will walk away with:

– A definition of microaggressions.
– Understanding of the difference between a person’s intent and the impact it may have on someone else.
– Greater skill and comfort with possible responses; by practicing with our scenarios or your own.

About the Presenter(s)

Theresa Logan is Facilitation Program Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She provides case management and facilitation services to contract and fee for service cases, by conducting intake and case development interviews, analyzing potential interpersonal, organizational and systemic sources of conflict, identifying the central purpose and objectives for each meeting, designing interactive and engaging processes with agendas tailored to the needs and goals of the group. Theresa supervises a pool of 20+ volunteer and contract facilitators. She also designs and delivers a training and mentoring program for volunteer facilitators. In addition, Theresa co-develops and presents facilitation, equity and basic conflict resolution training curricula.



Interrupting Racial Microaggressions


Intersections: Microaggressions, Race, and LGBTQ Identity

Session Description

Barbara Diamond presents a training that illuminates how well-meaning people perpetuate inequity and highlights avenues for change. This film-based training covers the concept of microaggressions, unintentional slights against minority groups that reflect and maintain larger systems of power. Participants will view Barbara’s engaging documentaries Reveal Moments and What Are You?, which feature employees in the Pacific Northwest who are people of color and LGBTQ. Through group activities and facilitated discussion, participants will learn about microaggressions against people of color and LGBTQ people, as well as the relationships between racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Participants will emerge from the training with a comprehensive understanding of inequality and overlapping minority identities.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Diamond is a graduate of NYU Law School. She has practiced labor and employment law in Oregon for over 30 years. In addition to her law practice, Barbara is a diversity and inclusion consultant and trainer, focusing on Implicit Bias. She has presented on implicit bias/microaggression theory in conferences sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Labor Conference, the Teaching with Purpose Conference, and for private organizations and universities.

Marina Moro is an intern for Diamond Law, where she conducts outreach, develops curriculum, and presents trainings. In the past, Marina has worked for Laborers’ Local 483 and the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, where she created programming on racial and LGBTQ justice. Marina hails from Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world.