About Us

Who We Are

Partners in Diversity (PiD) operates as an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish these goals through educational programs, job postings and distribution of information for CEOs and for those who work in human resources or in diversity roles. PiD also helps recently relocated professionals of color connect with the multicultural community through major networking events such as our signature Say Hey! event, civic engagement opportunities, social media, our website and personal relationships. 


Create thriving, diverse, and welcoming communities, in which all people can work and live.


To partner with Oregon and SW Washington member employers to attract and retain professionals of color.


  • Integrity
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Cultural awareness
  • Making a difference
  • Respect


In 2005, major employers in Oregon and SW Washington joined forces as the Portland Workplace Diversity Task Force to cooperatively support more diversity in the workplace and in the community. Inspired by a coming shift in demographics described by the 2000 U.S. Census, the task force sought to examine regional information and develop a business case for corporate diversity initiatives.  The result was a strategic plan which integrates the many ongoing initiatives in the region under one umbrella with a strong business focus. From there, Partners in Diversity was formalized to take this plan forward.