Interim Director/Communications Manager
Jeff’s diverse leadership and communications career has included roles with the U.S. Army, Walt Disney Company, BMW, and the City of Lake Oswego. As a communicator, graphic designer, and facilitator, Jeff brings his creative and media relations experience to his role of Communications Manager with the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.
A combat veteran with ten years of broadcast journalism experience in the U.S. Army, Jeff worked in all facets of media: writing, producing, designing, and working on-air in radio and television. In 1991, he was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Secretary of the Army.
During his time with the Walt Disney Company, Jeff held training and stage management roles, and worked with Walt Disney Imagineering as a show writer and graphic designer.
Jeff played a significant role on the Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer (LOIS) project team, where his graphic design, video production, facilitation, public participation, and social media expertise helped deliver the largest public works project in the city’s history on time and under budget.
Jeff is responsible for the internal and external communications process at The Office of Equity and Human Rights and serves on the Training and Education Team, where he develops, co-designs, and facilitates racial and disability equity education.
His social justice experience is rooted in his lifelong involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest Asian American civil rights advocacy organization. He served as Portland JACL President for two terms. He has also volunteered with Western States Center and served on the Board of Directors of Seeding Justice (formerly MRG Foundation).
The New York Yankees fan spends his free time playing drums, cooking, and regularly sampling Oregon's bounty of restaurants and wineries.