Current Human Rights Commissioners

About the Commission

The mission of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) is to promote the implementation of universal human rights values and principles in all City of Eugene programs and throughout the community.

To carry out this mission the HRC shall affirm, encourage and initiate programs and services within the City of Eugene and in the community designed to place priority upon protecting, respecting, and fulfilling the full range of universal human rights as enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the City of Eugene Human Rights Code

Commissioners are appointed by City Council for a three-year term and are limited to serving no more than two terms consecutively. Commissioners may serve more than two terms if terms are not consecutive.

Position 1: Vacant

(Term Expires: 6/30/24)


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Position 2: Cynthia Cannon Poindexter

Homelessness and Poverty Work Group (Term Expires: 6/30/26)

Cynthia Cannon Poindexter, MSW, Ph.D., retired in mid-2020 after having been a community-based human services practitioner since 1975 and in the HIV field since early 1987. She has taught graduate social work classes at University of Illinois, Boston University, Smith College, Fordham University, and Pacific University. Main areas of teaching and research have been human rights and social justice, HIV policy and practice, and social services management and supervision. She has been an organizational consultant with 7 local and state HIV service programs in Boston and Chicago and a trainer for the National Social Work HIV Spectrum Project, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health HIV Division, the HIV/AIDS Service Administration of New York City, and three AIDS Education Training Networks. She has received 11 HIV-related research grants and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has over 50 HIV-related published peer-reviewed articles, chapters, essays, or reviews. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she volunteers with the HIV Alliance. 

Position 3: Vacant

(Term Expires: 6/30/25)

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Position 4: Dr. Silky Booker

(Term Expires: 6/30/26)

Dr. Silky J. Booker, (H.C.) honorably served fifteen years of meritorious military service, in the United States Air Force. He achieved his Associate of Arts in Business Management and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. The United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI) then bestowed upon and accredited Dr. Booker with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts and Worship for his development of his philosophy of 400 years of existence, resistance, persistence, and coexistence, and ongoing commitment to educate, mentor and empower the community

Dr. Booker's diverse background includes living in England for almost eight years where he worked as a top radio show host in the U.K. and entertainer in dozens of countries. After relocating to Eugene in 2017, Dr. Booker began broadcasting as King Silky for Kool 99.1.

In May 2020, Dr. Booker established a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Oregon, known as “King Silky’s Blessing Boxes” during the Covid-19 global pandemic. The organization provides non-perishable food items and supplies to families facing food insecurity in Lane County.

Dr. Booker has also expanded his humanitarian and philanthropic outreach efforts by founding and participating on a number of Board of Directors. From 2014 to present, Dr. Booker partnered with and sits on the Board of Directors alongside Dr. Melida A. Harris-Barrow, Peace Ambassador for Panama, and Founder of the 6th Region Global Chamber of Commerce.

In November 2021, Dr. Booker was appointed as State Commissioner by the Governor to serve the people of Oregon and the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (OCBA). He currently holds the Vice-Chair Position for OCBA. 

Dr. Booker also founded and hosts a monthly Black Professionals Meet and Greet in Eugene that has continued to grow each month. 

HRC- Thomas Hiura

Position 5: Thomas Hiura

HRC Vice-Chair, Homelessness and Poverty Work Group (Term Expires: 6/30/25)

Thomas Hiura (he/they/she) is a lifelong Eugenean, having moved from Japan to River Road at age 2. Since 2012, Thomas has owned and operated Ravioli Road Studios, specializing in music production, podcasts, portrait photography and video production.  In 2022, he was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the WOW Hall: a community-based performing arts center and venue on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas enjoys the wide breadth of what Eugene has to offer from a cultural and human rights perspective. Whether it’s performing hip-hop and rock music as “Gradient,” conducting interviews with Asian-American community leaders for the Springfield History Museum’s ILLUMINATION project, or publicizing long-form discussions with creative leaders and public servants on the Broken Class podcast, Thomas is passionate about building connections between seemingly disparate groups of Eugeneans.

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Position 6: Kianna Cabuco

Whole Eugene Community United (Term Expires: 6/30/26)

Kianna Cabuco has lived in Eugene for over a decade after moving here from Southern California. She works as deputy executive director and diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator for the Lane County Medical Society, helping physicians connect and sharing important community resources. In addition, Kianna has collaborated with the Leadership Eugene-Springfield program on their DEI Skillset, where she worked with groups to find solutions to common workplace and community concerns. She is constantly advocating for more diverse events, speakers, and businesses that could help increase the retention of individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

HRC- Blake Burrell

Position 7: Blake Burrell

HRC Chair, Homelessness and Poverty Work Group (Term Expires: 6/30/25)

Blake Burrell is a nonprofit administrator and public servant residing in the City of Eugene. Blake serves as the co-chair of the Human Rights Commission Homelessness and Poverty Workgroup, Housing Policy Board liaison, and Triple Bottom Line liaison.

Blake’s professional work in nonprofit administration has centered on developing homeless and emergency service programs, teaching renter’s education courses, and creating staff training programs for social services, nonprofit management, and DEI. In addition to his professional work, Blake has contributed to disaster response and homelessness initiatives with local municipalities and volunteered time to various organizations such as ArtCity, the Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol, and United States Forest Service.

Blake intends to draw from his personal and professional experiences to contribute to the advancement of Human Rights in our community. He is focused on policy and programs related to housing, homelessness, climate change, public health, and the arts. As our community faces challenges related to crisis in housing, natural disaster, and social inequity, Blake intends to advocate for the advancement of rights for all people residing in our community and beyond. 

Position 8: Vacant

(Term Expires: 6/30/24)

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Position 9: Demond Hawkins

Economic Opportunities Work Group (Term Expires: 6/30/25)

Demond Hawkins is currently serving as the President of the Eugene Springfield NAACP and holds the position of Senior Health Equity Specialist at Trillium Community Health Plan. With a background rooted in his faith, family, and a strong work ethic, Demond brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his roles.

In his capacity as a Senior Health Equity Specialist, Demond collaborates with diverse stakeholders to identify and address disparities in care and outcomes. By leveraging data, his direct experience working with individuals, and fostering community partnerships, he actively contributes to transformative changes in health equity delivery. Demond is particularly passionate about promoting diversity, health equity, and inclusion, as well as recognizing and dismantling systemic barriers associated with racism.

Driven by his goal to effect meaningful change, Demond strives to be intentional in his efforts to ensure that future generations can enjoy a better quality of life than

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Position 10: Scott Lemons

Whole Eugene Community United (Term Expires: 6/30/24)

Scott Lemons is a disability advocate and mental health professional with a decade of dedicated involvement in Eugene-area public policy. He is currently the Program Coordinator and Peer Support Specialist at Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA) and represents underserved and marginalized communities on several community advisory boards.


Behind his empathetic leadership lies a wealth of lived experience - as an unhoused youth he had to personally navigate systems that leave many in our society perpetually falling through the cracks. He now helps to alleviate what suffering he can by empowering and assisting others with accessing and navigating resources to secure equitable and affordable housing, ADA accommodations, trauma-informed care and more.

Councilor Leech

Position 11 (City Council Representative): Lyndsie Leech

City Council, Ward 7 (Appointed to HRC November 2023)

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Staff Support: Drae Charles

Human Rights & Equity Analyst, Office of Equity & Community Engagement 

Phone: 541-682-5277