About Jennifer

I’m Jennifer McGuirk, and I want to be your next Multnomah County Auditor. With support from across our county, I won the primary election for this important role. I ask for your vote this November to win the general election and start serving as your County Auditor.

Vote for Jennifer McGuirk for Multnomah County Auditor this November.

Auditing is a powerful tool for getting at the root causes of the big issues facing our community. I bring a fresh approach to the work, one that values community involvement and will focus on programs for the most vulnerable county residents. I will prioritize auditing programs that directly impact people’s lives. I believe that Multnomah County voters want fiscal responsibility — and compassion.

I’m a certified internal auditor and a senior performance auditor in the Multnomah County Auditor’s Office. I’ve been a staff auditor in that office for nearly six years and have co-created audits on topics ranging from planning for the new Central Courthouse’s construction to the county’s ethical culture. I also co-created an audit of Animal Services that earned a national award for its potential for significant impact, the persuasiveness of our conclusions, and our focus on improving government effectiveness.

I am a past member of the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Portland Auditor's Office. I also helped the City of Portland Auditor’s Office in its early work to develop a successful charter amendment giving that office greater independence from the bureaus it audits. Currently, I serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors.

I’m a graduate of Portland State University, where I earned a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), emphasizing local government administration and public involvement. I got my MPA to learn new ways of helping underserved groups bring their concerns to government and partner with government to create more inclusive communities.

I spent my graduate practicum working on public involvement with the Cornelius Committee, an all-volunteer organization in Cornelius that focused on making the community more accessible for families with children with disabilities. I also briefly served as the assistant to the director of the Public Involvement Best Practices Program in Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. I left that role when I got the chance to join the Auditor’s Office. I recognized that as an auditor I could support accountability and equity in a broad way to improve government systems.

Before I earned my master’s and became an auditor, I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon and had a successful career writing and managing grants at institutions including Lewis & Clark College and Portland State. A great deal of my work in the grants field was similar to the work I do every day as an auditor, including measuring and reporting on progress — and holding leaders accountable for how they have spent public funds.

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My work gave me the opportunity to speak up for causes that included scholarships for historically underrepresented students, childhood literacy, and the environment. I learned the value of speaking up at the University of Oregon, where I was a student leader for women’s rights and safety. With other students, I helped hold Oregon’s legislators accountable for higher education’s rising costs. I believe speaking up is important to auditing as well. As County Auditor I will lead my team to dig deep, uncover root causes, and then clearly voice those findings to you.

I live with my husband, Brian, and our children, Hudson and Cassandra, in northeast Portland, where our children attend Portland Public Schools. I am a member of the Rose City Park PTA and the Portland chapter of the NAACP.