Portland, Oregon

About Us

BDI has been a community partner in providing enhanced education, agency and corporate collaboration and contracting opportunities to regional small businesses for over 20 years. Among the prominent events facilitated by BDI, Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week has celebrated the success and contributions of minority owned businesses for over two decades.

BDI is managed on a volunteer basis and includes representatives from the federal, state, and local government agencies as well as large corporate partner companies, and local small businesses. The Business Diversity Institute (BDI) is a 501(c)(3) charity organization.

To support the growth and success of regional minority-owned and woman-owned businesses through:

  • Education and training
  • Outreach, tools and resources
  • Promoting collaboration of public/private organizations in these efforts

To be a recognized top-tier training/education contributor for diverse Oregon and SW Washington businesses.

  • Diversity
  • Opportunity
  • Integrity
  • Partnership
  • Public agencies
  • Private sector firms
  • Minority-owned and woman-owned businesses
  • Chambers of commerce, trade organizations
  • Non-profit and non-government entities
  • Diversity practitioners (individuals, organizations)
2014 MED Week - from L to R: Jennie Rodriguez, Michael Holton, Stacey Drake Edwards, Tiffani Penson, Andi Gresh, Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, Dwayne Edwards, Charissa Rotramel, Ron White, Tiffany Hamilton and Lee Fleming

BDI Board Officers

Lee Fleming

Supplier Diversity Officer,
Multnomah County

Tracy Sagal

Vice Chair
Senior Procurement Analyst | Metro

Andi Gresh

Bureau of Environmental Service Contract Coordinator, City of Portland

Codi Trudell

DBE/Small Business Program Manager | Oregon Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights

Members at Large

Charissa Rotramel

Immediate Past Chair
Marketing and Small Business Inclusion Manager, WSP |
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips

Past Chair
Small Business Development Program Manager | Port of Portland

Tiffani Penson

Minority Evaluator Program & Supplier
Diversity Officer Procurement Services | City of Portland

Ron White

Business Coach/Owner |
Probity Builders

Kym Whitten

Business Development Manager | Mammoth