Interim Bureau Director
Dr. Koffi Dessou has 28 years of experience in public administration, business administration, nonprofit administration, and community-based leadership. He has been Interim Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights since December 2017. He previously created the City's Equity Training and Education Program in 2012, and recently served as the bureau's Equity and Business Operations Manager.
Koffi 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 analyzed 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 a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in 2018, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2010, with University of Phoenix. He holds a Superior Diploma in executive business and organizational administrative principles and applications from University of Lomé, Togo (1990). 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.
Koffi moved from Togo, West Africa to Portland in 2008 with his wife and their four children. He is a community leader in Portland and enjoys helping through education, leadership development, and organizational development for emerging community-based organizations.