Cameron Whitten is a community advocate, storyteller, and civic entrepreneur who has lived in Portland for eight years. He has twenty-six years of lived experience with racism and is happy to share his story (with compensation) in order to create a better world. His work recently has focused on equity, education, and social justice, through his role as Executive Director of Know Your City. Through that role, he developed relevant experience in community engagement, interpersonal collaboration, resource development, event planning, coalition building, storytelling, professional development, meeting facilitation, and project management.
His recent volunteer work was through Portland’s Resistance, a grassroots organization which emerged in response to the General Election in 2016. During his time there, he organized direct action demonstrations, published their first policy platform targeting the Criminal Justice system, and offered weekly community self-defense classes. They supported marginalized communities through Happy Hour events for people of color, femmes/nonbinary people, a queer/trans happy hour, and educated the community through Resistance Talks.
He currently works as Interim Executive Director of the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ2SIA+ community center. They serve over 20,000 people a year, providing visibility, safety, and connection for LGBTQ2SIA+ people and allies in the Pacific Northwest. He also currently serves as founder and Lead Advocate for the racial justice nonprofit, Brown Hope. Brown Hope leads community grounded initiatives to make justice a lived experience for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Oregon – organizing programs such as Reparations Power Hour and Blackstreet Bakery.
He has provided trainings and workshops for staff and volunteers with organizations such as Oregon Student Association, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, Upstream Public Health, Oregon Climate, Economics of Happiness, Coalition for a Livable Future, Reedies Against Racism, Reconciling Works NW, Portland State University Queer Resource Center, the Bridge PDX, and the Oregon Center for Human Rights.
He is trained in assertive engagement through Multnomah County’s Community Service Division, and have attended diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings through the Center for Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Resolutions Northwest, the Racial Equity Institute, and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Welcoming Ceremony - Who Am I? - Session 1
Cameron Whitten - Who Am I? - Session 2