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 institutional diversity and inclusion 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 Assistant Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She also serves as the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI), leading university-wide initiatives to create an environment of respect and inclusion for all people. The CDI serves faculty, students and staff through a variety of programs, including diversity resources, cultural competency lectures, trainings, employee resource groups, student pipeline programs, community outreach, and thru institutional committees to address diversity, inclusion and equity issues across OHSU. 

As Co-Chair of OHSU’s Diversity Advisory Committee, Leslie advises the OHSU executive leadership team.  She supports and manifests the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority at OHSU.

Leslie has experience working in both public and private sectors providing leadership and consultation related to diversity, cultural competency, as well as curriculum and program development.  

Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. She was the 2014 recipient of the National Association of Minority Medical Educators’ Diversity Leadership Award, as well as the 2015 winner of the Individual Leadership Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.