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Jilma Meneses

Jilma Meneses

Oregon

Chief Operating Officer
Concordia University Portland

Chief General Counsel, Executive Vice President
Our Family in Africa

Biography

Jilma Meneses was raised in San Francisco, California. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California at Berkeley and her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School. Meneses is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon.

Meneses has over twenty two years of administrative, legal, and business experience. She currently serves as executive vice president at Concordia University, where she is the COO and chief general counsel. Concordia, a nonprofit university, is the fastest growing university in Oregon and has the largest graduate school enrollment than any other academic institution in the vicinity. Meneses shares Concordia's mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society.

She recently served on the executive team at Portland State University as the first chief diversity officer. Her previous roles included ten years at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where she implemented a risk program inclusive of a framework that covered strategic, operational, financial, legal and hazard risks. As part of the strategy, she formed the OHSU Insurance Company, a captive insurance company domiciled in Arizona. She was appointed to the positon when OHSU was going through a transformation due to uncertainty in tort liability. Earlier in her career, she was the civil rights director at Tri-Met.

In her current and previous roles, Meneses has worked in partnership with community, business, and government entities leading efforts related to social justice, equity and community development. She drives change by championing and supporting groups such as Adelante Mujeres, Latino Network, Partners in Diversity, United Way, I Have a Dream Foundation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and others. She engages the regional community to increase awareness that higher education is a tool that breaks cycles of both poverty and discrimination. She leads discourses on how women, people of color and other oppressed communities can gain empowerment by access to education.