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Irene Konev

Irene Konev is a Community Outreach Coordinator at the Portland City Auditor’s Independent Police Review Division (IPR). Irene promotes awareness of the powers and duties of IPR in civilian police oversight of the Portland Police Bureau.  Before joining IPR, Konev worked in outreach for domestic violence shelters in both the US and Canada, enhancing programs for diverse communities. She continues advocacy of diverse sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by speaking at conferences.  In 2006, she founded a non-profit, Russian Old Believer Enhancement Services (ROBES) - which supports Russian cultural traditions and language. Konev has been a board member of Uniting to Understand Racism since 2010, is the co-chair of the Slavic Council, an advisory committee to the Portland Police Bureau Office of the Chief, and she serves on Portland Human Rights Commission’s Human Trafficking Task Force. In 2011 Irene Konev was the winner of the City of Portland Diversity Champion Award. Born in Oregon, into the Old Believers community, Irene speaks fluent English, Russian and conversational Ukrainian.