Jennifer McGuirk (she/her) became the Multnomah County Auditor in 2019, following a competitive race. She started her second four-year term in January 2023. As County Auditor, Jennifer is elected by voters and advocates for accountable, transparent, and equitable government. Jennifer is directly accountable to the people of Multnomah County. She is a certified internal auditor and was a county staff auditor for more than six years before starting her term. Jennifer has served on the executive committee of the Pacific Northwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum and the Association of Local Government Auditors’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
During her first term, McGuirk oversaw the County Auditor’s Office’s first-ever audit of county jail conditions, directed audits of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased follow-ups on audit recommendations, and guided investigations of reports to the county’s fraud, waste, and abuse hotline. She established the office’s first community advisory committee. McGuirk has integrated an equity lens, primarily focused on racial equity, into the office’s work and has ensured that community engagement processes are also used across every project the office takes on.
McGuirk also advocated for amendments to the County Charter to support government accountability. The Multnomah County Charter Review Committee brought amendments McGuirk supported before voters in November 2022. One was to establish an ombudsperson in the Auditor’s Office. The other was to ensure the Auditor’s access to information. Both measures passed overwhelmingly, by more than 85% and more than 77%, respectively.
Before her auditing career, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, graduating cum laude. She wrote and managed grants at higher education institutions including Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University. At Portland State, Jennifer earned a master’s degree in public administration, emphasizing local government administration and public involvement. She spent her graduate practicum working on public involvement with the Cornelius Committee, an all-volunteer organization in Cornelius that focused on making the community more accessible for families with children with disabilities. Disability rights issues are important to Jennifer because members of her extended family have lived experience with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, and Jennifer herself lives with mental health conditions.
She lives with her husband and their two children in northeast Portland, where her children attend Portland Public Schools.
Mark Ulanowicz, principal auditor, is a Certified Internal Auditor and has master's degrees in public policy and in business administration. He had 11 years experience as a performance auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office before joining our office in 2001. Mark became an auditor because of the variety of work available to do within the profession. He has done audits ranging from international development programs in Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia to parking contracts at Multnomah County.
Nicole Dewees, audit director, has a master's degree in business administration, is a Certified Internal Auditor, and earned a Data Analytics Certificate. Her background includes performance management and strategic planning. Nicole co-authored two Knighton Award-winning audits and has twice won Tableau's Viz of the Day. She joined our office in 2011. She has a passion for making the world a better place and believes that audits are a powerful tool for improving government and the services that help people in our community.
Marc Rose, hotline director, joined the Multnomah County Auditor's Office as a staff auditor in 2012, and is the lead on the team that investigates reports to the County’s fraud, waste, and abuse of position hotline. Prior to joining the Auditor’s Office, Marc worked for eight years as an animal control officer. His investigative experience includes forensic accounting work with regard to employee fraud, criminal investigations of animal cruelty, and covert investigations of animal abuse. Marc’s training experience from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners includes professional interviewing, conducting internal investigations, and controlling asset misappropriation, among others. Marc was a panelist on the topic of fraud hotlines on three occasions over 2018-2019, and a presenter on ethics to the Institute of Management Accountants in 2019. Marc has a master's degree in business administration and is a certified fraud examiner. He has co-authored a Knighton Award-winning audit. Marc unknowingly followed a persistent career theme on his way to becoming an auditor: we can empower when we offer transparency and accountability. When away from the office, Marc enjoys fending off dinosaur skateboarder status, and being deep in falling snow.
Annamarie McNiel, operations and audit director, has a Master's degree in Accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and licensed Municipal Auditor. Her background includes over twenty years of experience in a combination of financial, compliance, and performance auditing of governmental entities. Annamarie is currently a community member on Portland Community College’s Audit Committee and serves on the Awards Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors. Annamarie is the proud companion of one of the Wednesday Wire’s Pet of the Week: Gertie. Hobbies include gardening, hiking, running, and most anything that gets her outdoors.
Caroline Zavitkovski, audit director, is a Certified Internal Auditor and has a master's degree in public administration. She was a performance auditor at the Oregon Secretary of State before joining our office in 2017. Caroline has co-authored a Knighton Award-winning audit. She has presented on this audit and other subjects at regional and national conferences. Caroline has worked on a range of audit topics including behavioral health, education, and emergency management. She has a professional background in direct social services. Caroline is a community member on Portland Public Schools Audit Committee and serves on the Digital Strategy Committee for the Association of Local Government Auditors. She loves to get outdoors with her family. On weekends she can often be found biking or camping with her husband, child, and pug.
Raymond De Silva, constituent relations and diversity, equity, and inclusion engagement specialist, has a master's degree in spiritual formation and a certificate of diversity and inclusion from Cornell. He was the vice president of AFSCME Local 88 union and chair of the employees of color resource group, where he supported community-driven adoption of the county’s first workforce equity strategic plan to improve county government. He advanced a groundbreaking contract by negotiating the first microaggression language in any union contract nationwide. A graduate of the county's Leadership Academy, his public service career has focused on intergenerational IR-BIPOC and LGBTQ relationships for economic, social, and justice landscapes. His background includes non-profit, community outreach, music production, and public relations. Raymond is the son of Filipino and Sri Lankan first-generation immigrants.
Cheryl Taylor, ombudsperson, has a bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette University as well as a J.D. and certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law. She has prior experience working as a governmental ombudsperson for both the Oregon Department of Transportation and the governor’s office. Cheryl is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion that has led her to volunteer regularly with the Oregon State Bar Diversity and Inclusion program. In her free time she enjoys gardening, spending quality time with family and friends, and giving her rescue pup, Cosette, the life she deserves.
Rosalie Roberts, senior management auditor, has a master’s degree in gender studies and Ph.D. in English. They have a background in outcomes assessment, culturally responsive program evaluation, qualitative research, and theories of gender and sexuality. They were a senior management auditor at Metro, Institutional Research Director at Clark College, and community college instructor prior to joining the office in 2023. Rosalie is engaged in local mutual aid, neurodivergent community, and LGBTQ community and education. In their free time, they enjoy craft projects with their partner and kiddos, dancing, reading, and bicycling.
Mandi Hood, management auditor, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a background in mental health, supportive housing, trauma-informed practices, community outreach, and project management. She is also a certified yoga teacher and a devoted film and music lover. Mandi joined our office in 2019.
Sura Sumareh, management auditor, has two associate degrees and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Sura has an extensive background in peace negotiation, conflict resolution, international development, non-profit management, community outreach and engagement, budget development and analysis, and project management. He is the current president of The Gambian Community in Southwest Washington and Oregon. Hobbies include cooking, weight lifting, hiking, DJing, and sewing. Sura joined our office in 2022.
Dani Bernstein, management auditor, joined the Auditor's Office in 2023 and brings a background in advocacy, volunteer management, civic engagement and program management to their work. Before joining our office, Dani served for five years as the Director of Multnomah County's Office of Community Involvement, where they developed policies and practices to support timely and equitable community involvement in county decision-making. Prior to joining Multnomah County, Dani worked for an LGBTQ community foundation, a youth civic engagement non-profit, and several LGBTQ justice campaigns, and their work has focused on empowering others to be involved and engaged in improving their local communities. Dani lives in North Portland with their wife, kiddo and senior dog, and enjoys running, cooking, reading and exploring the Northwest's natural beauty.
Mical Yohannes, management auditor, joined the Auditor's Office in 2023 with a background in policy advocacy, budget processes, and community engagement. Before this role, she served as the Communications Director for former Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence, Policy Director for Representative Khanh Pham, and the Policy Analyst for the Oregon Legislature's Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Caucus, where she supported the Caucus' mission to advance racial justice initiatives and eliminate systemic oppression and racism in Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys attending community events, traveling, watching stand up comedy, and spending time with her family.
Michelle Greene, management auditor, has an associate’s degree with an emphasis on social and behavioral sciences and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She was an internal auditor with the University of Oregon prior to joining our office in 2023. Her background includes program management, human resources, administrative support, and customer service. In her free time, Michelle can be found reading, gardening, biking, learning a different language, or supporting local artists by attending productions, concerts, and exhibits with her husband, son, and yorkie, Ozzy.