After national search, County selects Travis Brown as next Chief Human Resources Officer

October 3, 2022

Multnomah County is pleased to announce Travis Brown as its next Chief Human Resources Officer. 

“Travis will play a critical role in our efforts to establish the County as an employer of choice, responsive to the workforce demands of the future,” County Chief Operating Officer Serena Cruz said. “He is a relationship-focused leader who brings a deep commitment to intersectionality-centered equity and to cultivating a work culture of safety, trust and belonging for our employees.”

Travis Brown, selected in October 2022, as Multnomah County's new Chief Human Resources Officer.
Travis Brown, selected in October 2022, as Multnomah County's new Chief Human Resources Officer.
As an advisor to the County Chair and the COO, and as a member of the leadership team, Travis will help Multnomah County think creatively to solve problems so that HR services are effective and efficient for employees across the organization. 

Travis comes to the County with extensive HR leadership experience in the public sector. Most recently he served as the Associate Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to OHSU, Travis served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Mt. Hood Community College. In addition, Travis has held HR and labor relations leadership positions with the City of Gresham and Metro. 

“I am delighted to join a solid team of HR professionals and the engaged workforce at Multnomah County. This is an organization that shares my values and continually strives to learn and improve,” Travis said. “The times we are in call for innovation and collaboration in all areas of interest to employees. I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities that elevate our employees’ experiences and create a more inclusive and equitable workplace.”

Travis was selected after a national search and a collaborative interview process that involved extensive input from internal stakeholders. He will be a critical partner as the organization seeks to recruit, support and retain its greatest asset — County employees.

Travis earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. He is also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP).