About Me

Hi, a little bit about me:

I live in Portland Oregon and love talking about, thinking about, and working on the elimination of racism. I spend as much time as possible outdoors in the beautiful pacific northwest with my wife, my dog and sometimes one or another of my 3 sons. I love whiteboards, sticky notes, and brand new notebooks. One of the best things about working from my home office is spending all day with our dog Jake. There is a little more about my education and work background below. 

Kalissa Scopes



  • PMP (Project Management Professional Certification), PMI
  • 2 Years Graduate Study toward PhD Health Psychology, Saybrook Graduate Institute
  • BA in Sociology, Marylhurst University


Equity in Action LLC

  • Unlearning Everyday Racism Coaching and Courses
    • 6 week course: I coach white people who are ready to move first from fear and worry to community, curiosity and exploration
    • 12 week course: I coach white people who are ready to deepen their racism work with a goal oriented individualized plan
    • Tailored workshops for organizations                                                                                 

Multnomah County Government ​Office of Diversity and Equity

  • Program and Policy Director
  • Furthering Equity and Inclusion by planning, coordinating and monitoring the progress of Multnomah County equity and inclusion projects.
  • Creating policies, practices and procedures to address gaps and to achieve new equity goals.
  • Leading large culture change efforts
  • Project Management for the Office of Diversity and Equity programs and initiatives.
  • Working with people in the community and throughout the county organization to extend and broaden diversity equity and inclusion work.

Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource

  • Program Director
  • Responsible for strategic planning, program and employment policy development
  • Management of all programs and program staff/volunteers,
  • Fiscal oversight, community relations, development and fundraising,
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting in a comprehensive service center providing services for over 200 HIV affected women, youth, and children