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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Black Male Achievement

Black Male Achievement Portland (BMA) is designed to assist City leaders in their efforts to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys. BMA will help improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys in four key areas: Education, Employment, Family Stability, and Criminal Justice.


Every Black male will have opportunity and access to health, safety, and success.


As a collaborative, the BMA will promote the beliefs and remove barriers that improve access to high quality and equitable employment, education, public safety, and communities.


To accomplish this mission, BMA will act as a convener, facilitator, policy guide, and collective voice to obtain data, push for policy change, increase program scale, and exert influence to create awareness and change for the betterment of Black men and boys.

Institutionalization of the Work

To help ensure that the work is not subject to a particular political individual or philosophy, the BMA will be housed in the Office of Equity and Human Rights. This office currently sits within the Mayor’s portfolio. This may change in future administrations, but the work will be embedded within the office and be less subject to political philosophies or considerations.

For more information

BMA is staffed by C.J. Robbins in the Office of Equity and Human Rights. He may be reached at: 503-823-5143 or

Steering Committee

Mike Alexander, former Executive Director, Urban League of Portland

Samuel Ashby, Managing Principal, Speed of Thought Consulting, LLC

Tory Campbell, Business Development Specialist, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon

Brian Detman, ‎Policy Advisor, Department of Community Justice

Dondrae Fair, Gang Intervention Specialist

Tony Hopson, President, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI)

Mark Jackson, Executive Director, Reaching Empowering All People (REAP)

Dante J. James, Esq., Director, Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights

Erious Johnson, Jr., Civil Rights Director, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice

Joe McFerrin II, President, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)

Clifford C. Meeks, ND, LAc, MPH, Professor and Assistant Coordinator, Sylvania Multicultural Center, Portland Community College

Kevin Modica, Assistant Chief, Portland Police Bureau

Kory Murphy, Senior HR Analyst, Multnomah County

Truls Neal, Director of Adult Services Division, Multnomah County Community Justice

Lolenzo Poe, Chief Diversity Officer and Partnerships Director, Portland Public Schools

Justice Rajee, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)

Walter Robinson II, Policy Liaison & Constituent Relations, County Commissioner Jules Bailey

Ty Schwoeffermann, ‎Transformation Analyst, Oregon Health Authority

Damon Isiah Turner, Managing Director, Know Agenda Foundation/Men’s Health Project

Nathaniel Williams, Founder/Executive Director, Unify Portland

The Summer Youth Experience

Information on The Summer Youth Experience and SummerWorks

Meeting Minutes

Notes from BMA Meetings