Meet Dani Bernstein, the new Executive Director of the Office of Community Involvement
Dani Bernstein brings more than a decade of experience in advocacy, volunteer management and philanthropy to their role as Executive Director of the Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement.
Dani is a native of Los Angeles and graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Sociology. Their career began working as field staff for marriage equality campaigns, organizing in California, New Jersey and Oregon to build strong volunteer bases to advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQ justice. While working as a field organizer, field manager and eventually statewide field director, they developed a passion for training, supporting and empowering volunteers to engage with their elected officials, get involved in politics and government, and advocate for social justice issues.
In 2010, Dani moved to Oregon permanently and started working for the Oregon Bus Project, a youth civic engagement nonprofit. During their two and a half years there, Dani directed a summer fellowship program for young leaders looking to launch their careers in public service, politics, and advocacy.
Before joining Multnomah County, Dani served as the Acting Executive Director of the Equity Foundation, a local LGBTQ community foundation, where they managed granting and scholarship programs, oversaw all financial and office operations, and successfully negotiated and implemented a merger with a partner organization in LGBTQ philanthropy.
As Executive Director at the Office of Community Involvement, Dani works with the Community Involvement Committee, county staff and community organizations to ensure community involvement in county decision-making.
Outside of work, Dani lives in North Portland with their wife, Rachel, and dog, Asher, and enjoys running, cooking, exploring the Northwest's natural beauty, and volunteering for local social justice organizations.