Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council

The purpose of The School of Business DEI Advisory Council (DEIAC) is to create a strong network of business advisors who support and advance the DEI vision, values, mission and goals of Portland State University’s School of Business. The DEIAC provides guidance and recommendations to the School’s leadership team, faculty and staff in its ongoing efforts to be proactively anti-racist and inclusive.

Email council members at sb-deiadvisoryboard-group@pdx.edu.

Sanjay Arulsakaran

Sanjayan Arulsakaran

Customer Success Manager 
RFPIO, Inc.

Sanjay lives in Hillsboro and is a Customer Success Manager at RFPIO, a local software startup. While Sanjay and his wife fell in love with the city, they also quickly learned that there was a significant lack of racial diversity in the city's entrepreneurs, policy makers, professionals, etc. As they invested in making Portland their home, they folded themselves into efforts that drive diversity, equity, and inclusion forward. Sanjay leads DE&I efforts at the company he works at and he also sits on the board of Word Is Bond, a 501c3 that works directly to rewrite the narrative between young black men and local law enforcement agencies. Sanjay and his wife also enjoy exploring local waterfall hikes, wineries, and will be retiring from the local party scene to prepare for the new addition to their family. “Portland and its neighboring cities have so much to offer, and we have to do what’s necessary to ensure it’s equitable to all its residents."

 

Dustin Daniel

Dustin Daniel

Community Engagement Manager
Walker Tracker

Dustin Daniel is the Community Engagement Manager at Walker Tracker, where he focuses on content management and development strategies around storytelling and social media to support the organization’s outreach goals. Dustin has been with Walker Tracker since October 2020. Prior to that, he was the Employee Engagement Coordinator at Netrush, a digital retailer and e-commerce company, where he created programs and initiatives around employee engagement and community relations. He also developed the company’s first ever award winning health and wellness program.  An experienced, passionate, and purpose-driven professional, Dustin’s passion for storytelling, collaboration, and relationship building enhances his value to organizations he works with.

Originally from Texas, Dustin has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Prairie View A&M University. He is on the Leadership Team of the Wellbeing Think Tank, and frequently volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.

 

Domonique Debnam

Domonique Debnam

Senior Product Line Manager - Jordan Footwear
Nike

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan T. Green

Evan Green

Assistant Director of Diversity Equity Outreach, Director of International Business Certificates and International Partnerships
Portland State University School of Business

Evan T. Green, is a native New Yorker who moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2017. He is originally from Western New York (Rochester), but came here from the nation's capital (Washington, DC). He has spent the last fourteen years of his professional

career on Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts within Higher Education, and during that time has worked closely with under-represented student populations. In the 3.5 years that he has lived in Oregon, he has strived to empower underrepresented students to overcome their barriers to academic, personal and professional success, while also supporting DEI initiatives within the School of Business.

Chris Herndon

 

Chris Herndon

Director of Coaching
lucidly

Since graduating with an MBA from PSU, Chris has played in many spaces. In 2017, he launched his life coaching business, Growth Mindset Coach, where he helps clients get unstuck to lead purpose-driven lives. Chris has logged over 3,000 coaching hours with around 150 clients. He's an expert at helping people get out of their own way so they can access greater fulfillment in their work, relationships and well-being. In 2020, he became the Director of Coaching at lucidly, which scales the art and science of coaching within organizations by marrying virtual coaching software with powerful group coaching experiences.  He's currently on the path of towards developing a semi-rural intentional village that emphasizes honoring and supporting each person on their individual growth path, and working in harmony with the land and the outside world. He values: growth, flow, health, exploration, connection, fairness and abundance. 

 

Breanna Jackson

Breanna Lynne Jackson 

Founder & CEO 
The Refining Company

Breanna started the The Refining Company, an independent learning and development firm to address the lack of learning and development initiatives aimed at supporting "the average employee." Through strength-based development courses and coaching, The Refining Company helps individuals and teams unearth and activate their office confidence to improve their career well-being and engagement at work. 

A strong HR leader and certified CliftonStrengths coach, Breanna is passionate about talent development, succession planning and developing strong people and culture strategies that are innovative, sustainable and inclusive. Her background is in designing and implementing HR solutions that facilitate learning and development, talent strategy, employee engagement and managerial counsel.

In addition to leading The Refining Company, Breanna is also the Learning and Development Program Manager for Washington County. Breanna graduated from Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications and in 2017, received her MBA from Concordia University (Portland, Oregon).

 

Mitchell Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson
Writer/Professor
University of Chicago

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Jackson’s honors include fellowships, grants, and awards from Creative Capital, the NYPL’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, and TED. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Time, The New Yorker, Harpers, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family was named a best book of the year by fifteen publications. Jackson’s next novel—John of Watts—will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He covers race and culture as the first Black columnist for Esquire Magazine and teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. 

 

LaToya Kamara Manley

Footwear Product Director
Nike

LaToya Kamara Manley is Global Women’s Footwear Product Director at Jordan Brand (Nike, Inc.) where she leads a team responsible for bringing authentic sneaker stories, products and concepts to market. In this role, her passions for both women’s empowerment and creating innovative product collide, allowing her team to leave a lasting imprint on the Sport Goods Industry.

As an adjunct instructor at PSU, LaToya aims to teach students the inner workings of a footwear industry through real life experiences, a rigorous curriculum and professional guest speakers. The goal of the course, Product Marketing: Concept to Creation, is to give students the knowledge of the product-making process and a foundation for networking as they embark on their professional journeys.

LaToya has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from Oregon State University and a M.B.A from Willamette University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the founder of the non-profit organization, Goodnight, Friend.

 

Ritu Madan

Ritu Madan

Principal Talent Acquisition Specialist
Portland General Electric


Ritu joined Portland General Electric in November 2019 as a Principal Talent Acquisition Specialist supporting key groups within PGE. As part of the Talent Acquisition team, she is responsible for attracting talent to the organization across various levels and specialties. Prior to this role, she worked at SUEZ North America for more than three years in Talent Acquisition where she ran an internship program, which was a combined initiative between Talent Acquisition and the Diversity department.

Ritu holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a SHRM - Senior Certified Professional with a micro-credential in People Analytics from SHRM. She has been a fervent champion of gender equity issues and has raised awareness about them in her volunteer and professional activities. Ritu brings deep experience across her several roles within Human Resources in the areas of Recruitment, Leadership and Organizational Development and Talent Management across her career.

 

Ernesto Mayz

Ernesto Mayz

Sr. Product Line Manager
Nike

Ernesto Mayz is the Global Men's Footwear Senior Product Line Manager for Classics at Nike Inc. where he manages an extensive product portfolio comprised of some of the most iconic franchises within Nike's history (AF1, Dunk, Cortez, Blazer, etc.). In this role he is responsible for obsessing franchise management while delivering concepts, innovation and compelling storytelling rooted in consumer insights. 

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Ernesto's journey to Portland and Nike has been filled with experiences that drive his passion to inspire and support anyone working towards their dreams.

Ernesto has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pacific University (OR), as well as an M.B.A and an M.S in Marketing from the University of Tampa (FL).

 

Kevin McGlothen

Kevin McGlothen

U.S. Pretrial Services Officer
U.S. Pretrial Services

Kevin relocated from the Bay Area to Portland in 2006 to play football at Portland State. After obtaining his degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Kevin got hired by the U.S. District Court of Oregon where he has been employed for the past twelve years and works for U.S. Pretrial Services. Kevin is a first-time board member; however, he is committed to helping students reach their full potential as he believes college is life changing.

Zanele Mutepfa Rhone

Zanele Mutepfa Rhone

Culture and Diversity Brand Strategist
Brand Zanele

A Zimbabwean born immigrant and graduate of Portland State University, Zanele is a culture and diversity strategist, speaker, activist and philanthropist. Inspired by a lineage of Zimbabwean women leaders in her family, Zanele is the founder of a Here to Stay - a women’s speaker series celebrating the stories of change-making women in the world.

From working for Anderson Cooper at CNN to building her own diversity, equity and inclusion consulting collective, Zanele is a recognized thought-leader in her field.  Honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the "Most Influential Women in Oregon," Zanele’s creative and community focused spirit has propelled her to contribute to notable initiatives and brand strategies across global companies, communities and industries.

Zanele pushes the envelope by relentlessly proposing disruptive ideas that promote diversity throughout companies, while ensuring every community’s voice and identity is represented. With a passion to help build a future generation of inclusive leaders, Zanele share's her experiences and strategies as an instructor for The School of Business at Portland State University and Brand Strategist at Brand Zanele.

Aakanksha Rane

Aakanksha Rane

Student
Portland State University

Aakanksha is a current student at The School of Business where she is pursuing a degree in Human Resource Management and Leadership and Management with a minor in Sociology. Aakanksha is also an international student from India and has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past 3 years. After she graduates in Spring 2021, Aakanksha wants to work towards supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace.

At PSU, Aakanksha works for the Center for Retail Leadership as the Event and Social Media Coordinator as well as an Adjunct Assistant. She is also the Director of Community Engagement at Parachute Media which is a modern and inclusive media brand created for and by women and nonbinary people of color.

Felicia Rivers

Felicia Rivers

Director, Talent
Tillamook County Creamery Association

Felicia is Director, Talent at Tillamook County Creamery Assoc. with 20 years experience in Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. Felicia has worked in multiple industries including transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, and manufacturing. She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Management and Human Resources.

Jolen Sanders

Rotational Management Trainee
Gap Inc.

A former UCLA graduate and raised in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Jolen Sanders currently works as a Rotational Management Program Trainee under Gap Inc. Working for other reputable brands such as Converse, Helmut Lang, and TOPMAN, Mr. Sanders seeks to shift the narrative of fashion, celebrating the identities of culture.

Also serving as an agent of change and an advocate for education, he is a published author and illustrator, creating work centered on the issues of race, classism, and institutionalized racism.

 

Patricia Simpson

Patricia Simpson

Director Catalyst Apparel Design
Nike

Patricia is currently at Nike in Beaverton, OR where she has been employed since 2013. Her current role is Director Catalyst Apparel Design, leading a team of apparel developers but in her time at Nike she has had roles in Product Operations as well as Sourcing/Costing in the Kids and Running product categories before landing in apparel development. Patricia also serves on the leadership team for Nike’s Black Employee Network and she is on the Portland Leadership Council for UNCF.
 
Leading up to her arrival at Nike Patricia held various roles in apparel sourcing/manufacturing, production, and development at companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Urban Outfitters, and Ralph Lauren to name a few.  
 
In her spare time she is active in the community via programs that support the growth and development of high school students in the greater Portland area, such as the Portland Portfolio Project, the Jordan Wings Scholarship Committee, and the Nike Product Creation Experience.  All of these projects are centered around giving underserved youth in the community opportunities they may have not been afforded whether it’s assistance with the college application process or understanding how to present yourself and show up in the right way in all aspects of life.

Nick Thierry

Bio coming soon.

Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson

Owner/Principle Interior Designer
Duett Interiors

Tiffany is the owner of Duett Interiors, a residential design firm based in Portland, OR. She spent 10 years at Nike Inc. in a career in apparel and footwear product design before opening her own firm. The firm focuses on residential projects throughout the country with a range of different clients across the Tech Industry, Sports and Entertainment. She was recently featured in Architectural Digest, Domino Magazine, NY Magazine and has an active campaign with American Express.

Emilio Vicini

Emilio Vicini

Intel Finance - Server Segment Strategic Specialist
Intel Corporation

Emilio has been a resident of Portland and an employee at Intel, in Finance, since 2009, having been recruited from business school at Indiana University.  He was born and raised in Harlem in New York City and graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Music Theory and Composition. His background prior to business school was in programming and application development. In 2019 he completed the PSU Post-Bac Accounting Certificate program.

At Intel, Emilio is a co-lead of the African American Finance Improvement Team, which is tasked with helping to drive the recruitment, inclusion, and career progression of African Americans in Intel Finance. He is also a member of the Hispanic mentor ring, which drives similar initiatives amongst the Hispanic population of Intel Finance. He is eager to share his insight and experiences while contributing to the diversion and inclusion efforts begin driven at PSU.

In his spare time, Emilio enjoys playing music, namely the bass and drums, and, weather permitting, rollerblading.

Steph Young

Founder of Kingdom Young

With experience across multiple industries, including global brands Adidas and Beats by Dre, Stephanie Young is the founder of Kingdom Young and currently consults in brand marketing and social media strategy in Los Angeles, California.