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.
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.
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.