County Salary Commissioners
Koffi Dessou is currently the Deputy Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland. He has over 29 years of experience in public administration, business administration, human resources management, nonprofit administration, and community-based leadership. He has been leading equity strategic innovations and performance for the City of Portland, including budget equity assessment, workplace equity strategies, and equity in employee performance review and compensation. He previously served as Interim Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights. He created and managed the City's Equity Training and Education Program in 2012. Before moving to America in 2008 with his wife and their four children, Koffi worked for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Togo for 16 years. He served consecutively as human resources assistant, manager of community development and democracy-human rights funding programs, specialist of political, economic and commercial affairs, and coordinator of International Military Education and Training programs. He led and coordinated the review of employee compensation plans for several years. Koffi holds the Doctor of Business Administration degree. He also leads community-based organizations in Oregon.
Jennifer Martinez is a PhD Student studying Public Policy at Portland State University. Academically, she has studied public finance systems in the U.S. and Mexico. She has practice working as a local government financial analyst in Texas and has supported efforts in Oregon to capture total employment compensation costs across local jurisdictions in the state. Her dissertation explores the connection between remittances and civic participation in Mexico. She is also interested in how county governments represent unincorporated areas in the San Joaquin Valley.
Elisabeth S. Nunes has over 30 years of HR leadership experience including all aspects of classification and compensation management across multiple industries. For over ten years she was focused on the public sector, first at Multnomah County and then at the City of Portland where she served as the Classification and Compensation Manager. Since retiring from the City, she provides HR consulting services to a variety of clients.
Heather Pedersen has over 25 years of professional HR experience in the private and public sectors. Serving in a variety of roles in many areas of human resources, Heather has spent the last 15 years serving as Clackamas County’s Classification and Compensation Manager where she staffs the annual Compensation Board for Elected Officials process.
LeeAnna Rappleyea has over 14 years of Total Rewards and HR experience starting as a benefits broker at Portland's oldest brokerage JBL&K where she worked with clients in multiple industries from public sector to local non-profit. For the past 4 years she has been at Wieden + Kennedy and currently is the Benefits and Compensation Manager and works on total rewards strategies, audits and benefits advocacy.