Hired by Multnomah County at age 23, Sherrelle Jackson’s employment at the County spans 19 years, working her way up from the frontline to management.
Sherrelle carried a portfolio of work for the Department of County Human Services that included being champion for many of the Employee Resource Groups, and representing her department on the Equity Council as their liaison for the Office of Diversity and Equity. She also championed the County’s first ERG for people experiencing visible and invisible disabilities. For her division, Sherrelle represented IDD on multiple state workgroups and committees that championed laws for people impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities including appointments to committees that reported to the governor.
Additionally, in her department she managed their Collective Impact Initiative that resourced culturally specific and responsive agencies in Multnomah County to provide community services for communities of color. Sherrelle built the infrastructure for her department to hire its first ever Equity and Inclusion Manager, and was the liaison for Early Childhood work related to Early Learning. She was one of the two champions for the division’s People of Change Committee, and was the department representative for developing its portfolio to assist Child Welfare in addressing the hoteling crisis for children in Multnomah County.
For 10 years, Sherrelle was part of the management team at the Department of County Human Services, as Program Manager for the Children and Young Adults Program in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services Division and recently accepted a new role for Department of Human Services with the state as the District Manager for Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency Programs in Multnomah County.
In addition to her professional advocacy, Sherrelle founded and implemented an inspiring non-profit venture for teenage girls, “Why I Rock,” which in the last year brought together nearly one hundred inner city girls of color (ages 10-15).