Our Team

Brian K. Gibbs, PhD, MPA

Vice President, Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Public Health, OHSU-PSUBG_web_1

Dr. Brian Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this position he serves as the chief diversity officer for the University, overseeing the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and is responsible for diversity initiatives within the clinical, educational, and research missions. 

Prior to OHSU, he served as associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science Campus. There, he led initiatives ranging from advancing the quality of faculty mentorship training to promoting cultural competency and facilitating institution-wide and community partnerships to improve pathways to a more diverse and informed culturally competent workforce.

Prior to his work at UNM, Dr. Gibbs served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. He was the principal investigator for "Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way," a pilot initiative, funded by the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials to translate cancer clinical trials into a valuable and accessible community resource. Dr. Gibbs also served as the center director, community outreach, intervention co-director, and co-investigator for two consecutive NIH-funded National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Centers of Excellence.

Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs received his Master's in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an Occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles.

On the personal side, Dr. Gibbs is a native of Saginaw, Michigan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling, being outdoors and listening to jazz music.

Link to Dr. Gibbs' Publications: PubMed database


Leslie Garcia, MPA

Assistant Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Vice Provost and Director, Center for Diversity & InclusionLG_web_1

Leslie Garcia is the Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost at OHSU. She is the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion, serving faculty, students and staff through a variety of programs, services and initiatives that address diversity and inclusion issues and initiatives across OHSU. As Co-Chair of OHSU's Diversity Advisory Council, Leslie advises the OHSU Executive Leadership Team. She co-supports and manifests the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority at OHSU.


David Martinez, BA

_david_Martinez_webManager, Student Recruitment and Retention

David Martinez is responsible for supporting the recruitment and retention of diverse students in collaboration with the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry. David will develop enrollment management strategies and recruitment campaigns, as well as manage student enrichment programs. Prior to OHSU, David served as the Secondary Transitions & Student Engagement Director at the Oregon Education Investment Board, reporting to the State of Oregon's Chief Education Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in student recruitment, retention, student development, community outreach and diversity at both private and public colleges and universities in Oregon.


Rola S. Khouri, BS 

rola_khouriAdministrative Diversity Coordinator

Rola Khouri works closely with the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion on coordinating institution wide councils such as the Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee, Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) and the Diversity Action Plan (DAP) Implementation Teams. In addition she plans and coordinates events, manages special projects, budgets, sponsorship requests, community outreach and OHSU's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

On the personal side, Rola serves as the Vice President of the Arab-American Cultural Center of Oregon and a community advisor to other local non-profit organizations. Rola is proud to be first-generation Arab-American and Oregonian and enjoys spending time with large family, being outdoors, traveling, networking and planning cultural and community events.