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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Tyesha McCool-Riley

Photo of Tyesha McCool Riley, self-described as a Black woman smiling in a striped shirt with a bun, standing in the lobby of City Hall

Tyesha McCool-Riley

I am the Mental Health Program Specialist with the Office of Community and Civic Life. The Mental Health Program Specialist role has an inward focus on shaping dialog around health and wellbeing with an emphasis on mental health. Working to implement systemic change work that will examine the City’s fundamental systemic policies and practices to implement adaptive change to include: providing practical tools, resources, and education related to mental health and; building support and training to promote awareness, destigmatize, increase proactivity. I have a background in informing and implementing anti-racist and anti-oppressive systems and practice work, in affordable housing, real estate, community education, community organizing, and community engagement. 

I am a person who is enthusiastic about empowering unrepresented people to be validated, acknowledged, and included through equity, access, inclusion, advocacy, and trauma informed practices. I believe providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space and environment should be a priority and that those who have the power and position should be the promoter for all persons of marginalized and oppressed groups.