Leadership & Staff

Joseph Wahl

Chair Emeritus

City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
Assistant Director, Operations and Administration

Joe came to the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights after over 25 years spent in leading human resources, diversity and inclusion and executive recruiting functions within organizations. Prior to coming to the Office of Equity and Human Rights, Joe was the Senior Manager for Employment & Development with the City’s Bureau of Human Resources. He has a diverse background including experience in business, education and government. Joe is a frequent speaker, presenter, facilitator and consultant who has participated on many employer panels and served as a liaison between government and business in regard to the needs of developing a qualified, diverse workforce, including Multnomah County’s Healthcare Workforce Development Task Force, the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force and McDonald’s Corporation’s National Leaders Council. 

In addition to being a founding board member of Partners in Diversity, Joe is also a past President of the Portland Japanese American Citizens League, past President of the Oregon Buddhist Temple and a founding board member of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. 

He is an alumnus of the University of Oregon, where he received his BS in Asian Studies/History. He and his wife, Lora, have two grown children, Ryan and Kelsey.