Wondering how we got here? Starting from the most recent developments, view this timeline of major events that have occurred relating to the current iteration of Multnomah County's workforce equity efforts.     

Jump to: 2018, 2017

Oct. 31, 2019

Board of County Commissioners recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month In Multnomah County

Oct. 30, 2019

Chair Kafoury encourages County workforce to complete Countywide Employee Survey

Sept. 25, 2019

Chief Operating Officer Marissa Madrigal updates County employees on progress of Protected Class Complaints Investigation Unit

Sept. 18, 2019 

Department of County Human Services holds "Leading with Race" event for department employees

Chief Human Resources Officer Travis Graves updates County employees on Performance and Planning Review Process 

Sept. 4, 2019

Chair Deborah Kafoury announces new Personnel Rule increasing time allowed for Employee Resource Group participation 

Aug. 14, 2019

Workforce-wide email sent announcing the formation of the Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Employee Resource Group

July 31- Aug. 28, 2019 

Office of Diversity and Equity and the Department of County Management's Evaluation and Research Unit hold "belonging" listening sessions for County employees 

July 11, 2019

Workforce-wide email sent detailing work of Workforce Equity committees, subcommittees, and workgroups 

The “Leading with Race” Design Team is one of four committees working to further the goals identified in the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan.

June 12, 2019

Chief Operating Officer Marissa Madrigal sends message to County employees outlining the investment of $2 million in workforce equity 

Chief Operating Officer Marissa Madrigal

May 30, 2019

Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approves $2 million investment in workforce equity efforts

April 2, 2019 

Including Disability in Equity and Access (IDEA) Employee Resource Group leaders and County researchers present “Research on Equity and Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities”

From left: IDEA Employee Resource Group members Ashley Carroll and Jill Jesse and Alison Sachet, Ph.D. of the Department of County Management

Feb. 6, 2019

Members of the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan Committee formally announced to Multnomah County employees.

Jan. 31, 2019

Board approves amendments to Workforce Equity Strategic Plan

On Jan. 31, 2019, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved the Draft Implementation Plan for Recommendations from Jemmott Rollins Group, henceforth making it  Focus Area 5: Addendum to the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan. [Read “Board approves amendments to Workforce Equity Strategic Plan” in its entirety.]

Members of Employees of Color support Health Department employee Dana Thompson as she shares her hopes for the County's equity work.

Jan. 7, 2019 - Jan. 18, 2019

The Office of Diversity and Equity hosted lunch and learns for County employees on the Draft Implementation Plan for Recommendations from Jemmott Rollins Group (also referred to as the Draft JRG Implementation Plan).

The plan was a proposed guide as to how Multnomah County would implement and execute the recommendations delivered by national consultant, the Jemmott Rollins Group.  

Dec. 19, 2018 - Jan. 23, 2019

County conducts employee survey on Draft Implementation Plan for Recommendations from Jemmott Rollins Group.

View in-depth results from the employee survey.

Dec. 13, 2018

County launches “Safety, Trust and Belonging: The Workforce Equity Initiative” website

Dec. 13, 2018

Multnomah County begins public engagement process on workforce equity strategy

In a standing-room-only meeting, County employees filled the Multnomah Board Room on Dec. 13, 2008  to participate in the first public hearing on the County’s on proposed amendments to the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan, officially referred to as the Draft Implementation Plan for Recommendations from Jemmott Rollins Group. [Read “Multnomah County begins public engagement process on workforce equity strategy” in its entirety]

Chair Kafoury’s Chief of Staff Kim Melton displays the draft Implementation plan as Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Ben Duncan looks on.

Dec. 10, 2018

Workforce Equity Governance Project Charter signed by Chair Kafoury and Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Ben Duncan

The Workforce Equity Governance Project Charter authorized the formation of a Countywide Workforce Equity Strategic Plan (WESP) Committee to support the effective, meaningful and transformational change needed to achieve the objectives of the strategic plan. This committee reflects the commitment upon adoption of the WESP to ensure transparency and accountability between stakeholders, providing a vehicle for workgroups that supports implementation and collaboration across the organization. [Read the Workforce Equity Governance Project Charter in its entirety]


Nov. 15, 2018 

Multnomah County Board adopts new equity standard for hiring executive-level positions

On Nov. 15,  the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners established the “Gladys McCoy Standard” that requires that qualified candidates of color or other underrepresented groups be interviewed when hiring for executive-level positions within the County.

The standard is named for former County Chair Gladys McCoy, who was the first African American person to serve on the County Board.

Oct. 30, 2018

National equity consultant firm briefs Board of County Commissioners on workforce equity

A year after the Board of Commissioners directed the hiring of a national consultant to examine how Multnomah County’s policies and structures were negatively affecting employees of color and others, the consultant delivered sweeping recommendations to a Boardroom packed with employees on Oct. 30, 2018.

Representatives of Jemmott Rollins Group, Inc., consultants who are experts in dismantling systemic racism, spent more than six months working with employees and managers to prioritize structural and cultural changes the County could make to achieve equity. Their intent is to use targeted strategies in order to achieve universal goals and opportunities for all employees. [Read "National equity consultant firm briefs Board of County Commissioners on workforce equity" in its entirety]

Chief Operating Officer Marissa Madrigal (right) address the board as Kory Murphy, member of the Safety, Trust and Belonging Advisory Council and equity and inclusion manager for the Department of County Assets looks on.

April 5, 2018

Board approves Workforce Equity Strategic Plan

On April 5, 2018, The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt standards and performance measures to eliminate employment barriers for people of color and other marginalized groups and promote diversity and inclusion across the Multnomah County workforce.

The plan, known as the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan, is the County’s response to longstanding inequities in the organization’s recruiting, hiring, professional development, promotion and retention practices. [Read “Board approves Workforce Equity Strategic Plan” in its entirety]

Clinical health specialist and Employees of Color ERG member Larry Turner (center) addresses the board as Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Ben Duncan (left) and Immigrants and Refugees ERG Chair Victoria Cross (right) look on.

April 3, 2018

Board hears results on workforce trends and employee survey

On April 3, 2018, The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners heard detailed results from two Countywide studies on workforce trends and employee survey responses during a board briefing.

The briefing was designed to offer additional context on employees’ experiences and opportunities ahead of the regularly scheduled board meeting on April 5, 2018. That’s when commissioners heard testimony from employees and voted on the County’s Workforce Equity Strategic Plan. [Read “Board hears results on workforce trends and employee survey” in its entirety]

County Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Ben Duncan makes final statements at April 3, 2018 board briefing.

Feb. 6, 2018 - Feb. 15, 2018

Employee Resource Groups host workforce equity strategy sessions

The Office of Diversity and Equity held strategy sessions with County employees to gather input on improving organizational culture, retention, and professional development and promotion.

Oct. 27 - Nov. 24, 2017

Multnomah County invites community input on the scope of work for Human Resources Equity Review

Multnomah County sought to award a single contract for consultant services to perform a detailed review and analysis of County Human Resources policies and practices, and provide recommendations.  Community members were invited to review the scope of the work and comments. [Read “Multnomah County invites community input on the scope of work for Human Resources Equity Review” in its entirety]

Oct. 17 - Nov. 14, 2017

Organization-wide workforce equity conversations held

Sept. 28, 2017

Chair Kafoury sets dates, outlines plan to address systemic racism

Chair Deborah Kafoury set a spring 2018 deadline to see progress in workforce equity efforts and a review of the county’s employment practices and human resource structures that may perpetuate systemic racism.  [Read “Chair Kafoury sets dates, outlines plan to address systemic racism” in its entirety]

Sept. 15, 2017

Multnomah County Chair addresses charges of systemic racism

On Sept. 15, 2017, Chair Deborah Kafoury issued a press release announcing a series of immediate steps she was taking to address complaints of systemic racism and unjust employment practices at Multnomah County.

“To the Multnomah County employees who stepped forward at yesterday’s [Sept. 14, 2017] hearing on our Workforce Equity ordinance, I hear your concerns, I feel your frustration and I am promising that we can and must do better for people of color,” she wrote on Sept. 15, 2017. “We must create safety and a sense of belonging for all employees so that we are truly inclusive and can effectively serve our entire community.’’ [Read the complete press release from Sept.15, 2017]

Sept. 14, 2017

Board approves Workforce Equity Resolution