Senior Community Outreach and Information Representative
Muna Idow leads and staffs the Citywide Equity Committee (CEC) which was created by resolution on September 12, 2012 to shift internal City culture by promoting the recognition and removal of racially inequitable policies and practices. The CEC has a total of 41 members with representation from all City bureaus and the Portland Development Commission.
Muna also staffs the Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) which advises, supports, and provides policy direction to OEHR and its Commissioner in Charge. The BAC is a 22-member body consisting of 19 community leaders and three City of Portland staff.
Muna was appointed by City Council to serve on the Public Involvement Advisory (PIAC) where she provides expertise on developing and implementing equitable public involvement policies and practices.
Previously, Muna worked for three years at the former Office of Human Relations where she led bureau marketing and communications, managed a successful monthly Human Rights Film and Dialogue Series, and coached and trained over two dozen community members and City staff on inter-racial dialogue facilitation for the Inter-Group Dialogue Program.
A seasoned facilitator of difficult conversations, Muna regularly leads and moderates conversations on race, racial equity, Islamophobia, and inter-faith issues. Muna has trained over 4,000 individuals across Washington and Oregon including elected officials, law enforcement, K-12 students, teachers and administrators, university students and faculty.
Muna has appeared on OPB's Think Out Loud and KBOO's Asian Compass discussing issues of race, human rights, Islamophobia, women’s rights, and equity.
Muna is the recipient of the 2006 International Peace and Understanding Award from the Washington Education Association, the 2006 Excellence in Leadership Award from One America, and the 2005 Multicultural Excellence Award from the Washington State Association for Multicultural Education.