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Debra Kidney

Title: Training & Education Consultant, dba ACTivist Training
NACTO Title: Supporting Facilitator, Designing Cities Conference
Debra Kidney

After a multifaceted career which included working for the City of Portland, organizing and advocacy for a public employee union, and providing training and leadership development for a large union, I retired to continue doing the work I love most: social justice, racial equity, team building, facilitation, plus program development and implementation.

I describe myself as a generalist rather than a specialist which means I am happiest with projects that engage my skills in communication, analysis, and engaging with people to move individuals and groups forward.

I am a problem solver, collaborator, mentor and educator.

  • Master’s Degree, 2012, Portland State University, Adult Education
  • Ten years as a Field Education Coordinator, AFSCME International
  • Focus and interest on racial equity including developing and implementing programs on implicit bias, micro-aggressions, race and labor, and cultural diversity.