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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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Koffi “Jean-Pierre” Dessou, MBA-GM

Interim Bureau Director



Koffi photoKoffi or Jean-Pierre moved from Togo, West Africa to Portland in 2008. Koffi has over 23 years of experience in public and private organizations. He worked for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Togo for 16 years. He served consecutively as human resources assistant, manager of community development and democracy-human rights funding programs, specialist of political, economic and commercial affairs, and coordinator of International Military Education and Training programs.

Koffi monitored and reported on good governance, human rights practices, human trafficking, and international freedom of religions and beliefs. He promoted human rights through education, projects designing and allocating U.S. Agency for International Development and other U.S. Government funds to governmental and nonprofit organizations. Koffi coordinated conflict resolution and civil-military relations programs to improve understanding and relationship between security forces and civilians.

Koffi earned an MBA in Global Management and a Bachelor of Science in Management with University of Phoenix. He holds a Superior Diploma in business and organizational administrative principles and applications from University of Lomé, Togo. Koffi received training from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in political and economic analysis, international trade, commercial tradecraft, and emotional intelligence. He received training from the U.S. Institute of Peace in conflict analysis, inter-faith conflict resolution, and negotiation and conflict management.

In his Training Coordinator role at The Office of Equity and Human Rights, Koffi created the City's Equity Training and Education Program; designed and co-facilitated training sessions; provides technical support for bureau directors, equity committees and managers; and represents the office to work with the City’s senior staff and Commissioners' offices on policy improvement, research design, program evaluation, and policy recommendations. Most recently, Koffi served as the bureau's Equity and Business Operations Manager.

He hopes to contribute to cultivating equity mindsets within the City of Portland through the four phases of awareness, comprehension, acceptance, and commitment.