Tiffani Penson

Portland Community College Board – Zone 2

Tiffani Penson is a native Oregonian and very involved in the community. She is currently the Minority Evaluator Program and Supplier Diversity Officer for the City of Portland. Her responsibilities include outreach to Minority-owned, Women-owned, Emerging Small Businesses with a focus on connecting businesses to technical assistance and contracting opportunities at the City. She implemented and manages the first-in-the-nation Minority Evaluator Program, which requires City bureaus to include at least one minority evaluator from the community in the contract award process. She currently has over 450 volunteers that serve in the program. On behalf the Mayor’s Office, she continues to manage the SummerWorks internship program that employees 220 youth at the City, non-profit partners and small businesses.

This past February, she officially launched the City’s “We Are Better Together” (WABT) Outreach Program and made it available for community organizations and partners that would like to request event sponsorship, community partnerships, or City bureau appearances. This is a collaboration between City of Portland bureaus and Prosper Portland. It participates in trade shows, event sponsorships, and publication advertisements that focus on contracting with disadvantaged, minority, women, emerging small businesses, and service-disabled veteran businesses. This program engages culturally specific organizations and nonprofits that support youth organizations and workforce development. WABT also encourages public involvement in our City processes.

From 2009-2013, she was the Bureau Support Manager for Mayor Sam Adams Summer Youth Connect Program, managing the SummerWorks program and facilitated 100 youth working at the City every summer for four years. She worked with the Education Team to build a program that mainly served youth with barriers to graduating high school and/or employment. This program was designed to help increase the high school graduation rate in Multnomah County.

She specializes in building valuable internal and external community relationships, creating and executing programs to improve youth engagement, improving government processes, and creating outreach opportunities for bureaus, which combined, leads to successful sustainable city programs. She also enjoys her outreach role for the City of Portland’s “Your Sustainable City” program that targets communities to provide city information, available resources, and services that we offer to the public.

PAST Boards:

  • Business Diversity Institute
  • Financial Beginning
  • Black United Fund
  • City Club Education Committee

AWARDS:

  • 2008 – She was the first person to win the Youth Champion Award from City Council for her youth engagement
  • 2013 – 2018 City of Portland ‘Wonder Woman” Award for doing excellent work within the city
  • 2014 Warrior Award from Native American Chamber for her work with Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses and youth in the Native Community
  • 2014 Bureau of Internal Services “Shining Star” Award for the impact she has made in the City of Portland and her community.
  • 2015 – DJC Woman of Vision for her work with Minority and Women businesses

CURRENT Boards:

  • KairosPDX
  • Oregon Native American Chamber
  • Architecture Foundation of Oregon
  • Bound For A Cure

PAST Boards:

  • Business Diversity Institute
  • Financial Beginnings
  • Black United Fund
  • Robinson Network
  • City Club Education Committee
  • National Delegate Election Citizen Involvement Committee

SPARE TIME:

Past Role –

  • St Andrews nativity – Assistant Coach for 7th & 8th Grade Boys

Current Role –

  • Mentoring youth
  • Mentoring Non-Profit Executive Directors in the Willamette Valley Development Organization Leadership Program

Tiffani is a Connector and believes that access and opportunity to information is the key to growing diverse communities.