On Thursday, September 12th, 2019, we brought together four chiefs from the City of Portland with unique origin stories. They shared their experiences in their careers and provided insight to Black professionals as to how they can better navigate the workplace.
Danielle Outlaw was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Portland Police Bureau on October 2, 2017. She began her career with the Oakland Police Department as an Oakland Police Explorer. As she rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief, she worked in various assignments throughout the Oakland Police Department, including Patrol, Community Services, the Office of Chief of Police, the Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Affairs and the Office of Inspector General.
Sarah Boone began her career with Portland Fire & Rescue in1995. She became a lieutenant in 2002, after placing first on the promotional list and then became a Captain in 2006. In 2014, Boone promoted to Battalion Chief, served as Safety Chief, appointed Deputy Chief of Logistics and currently the Division Chief of Medical Services and Training.
Jamal Fox is the Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Ted Wheeler. He has a background in local government, most recently serving as the Property & Business Development Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation. Fox was elected to the Greensboro City Council in North Carolina representing District 2, at the age of 25. He was later re-elected, serving until 2017 before moving to Portland to be with his family. Prior to being elected Greensboro City Council, Fox worked for the City of Greensboro in the City Manager’s Office and the Department of Planning and Community Development. He is also a former North Carolina A&T State University Political Science Adjunct Professor and High School Social Studies/Teen Leadership Teacher.
Serilda Summers-McGee has been the Chief Human Resources Officer since December 2017. She has more than 15 years of progressive experience in human capital management with expertise in a broad range of HR disciplines. Her career started in higher education, holding positions in admissions, financial aid, and serving as the Assistant Dean of residence life at Reed College from 2006 – 2010. She then became the executive director at Partners in Diversity in 2011, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance. She works with HR departments in companies throughout the Portland region on strategies to recruit and retain executives of color.