Khalil Edwards

Khalil has worked for social change, Black LGBTQ Liberation, LGBTQ equality, racial equity and fighting for justice for the past 15 years.  In 2009, Khalil joined Sankofa Collective Northwest (formerly PFLAG Portland Black Chapter-the first African American chapter of PFLAG in the country and the only organization in Portland, OR specifically serving the African American LGBTQ community). Under his leadership the organization saw tremendous growth including the release of a first of its kind groundbreaking report that highlights the experiences of African American LGBTQ Oregonians.  As Racial Justice Manager with Basic Rights Oregon Khalil co-launched the Our Families initiative centering the voices of LGBTQ people of color and their families in Oregon. Khalil joins Power California with over a decade of experience in grassroots fundraising, leadership development, campaign planning, and program and organizational development. Khalil holds a Masters in Education from Portland State University and lives with his partner in Inglewood. An avid Robert Jordan fan and karaoke enthusiast, on his down time from work and volunteer commitments you can usually find him with a book or mic in his hands.