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CODA’s prioritized refocusing includes the alignment of skilled individuals with areas of great need. Mayor Jenny Wilson’s planned approach includes expanding the board of diverse CODA community-based advisors and partnering with specialized county staff to head up major efforts.



Our vision is for Salt Lake County to be a place where everyone has equitable access to opportunities; a place where we act intentionally to connect people of all backgrounds to achieve their highest civic and economic potential; a place where we confront and address the historic, systemic racial inequalities that continue to exist in our community.


Council on Diversity Affairs (CODA) Leadership


Pastor Corey Hodges - 2021 Chair


Efren Garcia - Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Officer



  • Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Subcommittee
    • Jojo Liu – Director, Criminal Justice Advisory Council
    • Sgt. Nick Renfo – Unified Police Department 
  • Housing Subcommittee
    • Mike Gallegos – Director, Housing & Community Development
  • Economic Opportunity Subcommittee
    • Wisam Khudhair – Business and Economic Development Coordinator, Office of Regional Development
  • Health Initiatives Subcommittee
    • Dr. Siosaia Hafoka – Salt Lake County Health Department
    • Jorge Mendez - COVID Response
  • Rising Young Leaders Subcommittee
    • Efren Corado Garcia
  • Human Resources Subcommittee
    • Pashion Whales – EEO/ER Manager
  • Metrics Subcommittee
    • Javaid Lal – Director of Data & Innovation

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Subcommittee Staff Coordinator Bios

Mike Gallegos - Housing Subcommittee

Michael Gallegos has an extensive career and background in the area of community and economic development. Have worked in the areas of workforce development, economic development, community revitalization, affordable housing initiatives, and homelessness services. Serves as the division director for Salt Lake County Division of Housing and Community Development and has served on many non-profit boards and commissions.


Dr. Siosaia Hafoka - Health Initiatives Subcommittee

Dr. Hafoka works at the Salt Lake County Health Department as a Health Program Analyst since 2017. Got his Ph. D in Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He created health data maps to visually identify disparate areas within Salt Lake County, evaluates county community health programs and provide data drive recommendations and provide analytics of key function of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.


Wisam Khudhair - Economic Opportunity Subcommittee

Wisam Khudhair is a Business and Economic Development Coordinator , Regional Development Office of Salt Lake County, where Wisam is leading day-to-day administration of Environmental Protection Agency loan and grant programs including coordinating program board meetings, generating quarterly reports, managing program budget, and coordinating with contractors, funding agencies, state agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with funding requirement. Additionally, Wisam is assisting Economic Development leadership to manage innovative programs to improve economic development and business resources and opportunities throughout the County.

Before starting work with Salt Lake County, Wisam has worked as a Job Developer with Catholic Community Services Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Office. During this role, Wisam helped a lot of immigrants and refugees with employment.

Wisam loves camping, hiking and watching sports. If you have any question for Wisam please send him an email


Javaid Lal - Data & Innovation Subcommittee

Javaid Lal is the Director of Office of Data & Innovation at Salt Lake County. Office of Data & Innovation is responsible for providing data and performance solutions to Salt Lake County agencies. Javaid has been with Salt Lake County since 2006. Prior to his current role as the Director of Data & Innovation, Javaid has worked at the Clark Planetarium, County Auditor, County Library, Unified Police Department, Office of Regional Development and Department of Administrative Services in various capacities. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah in 2013.


Jojo Liu - Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Jojo Liu is the Director of the Salt Lake County Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives and Director of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council since January 2020. She is a lawyer by training and focused her legal career on defending young people charged in the juvenile justice system. Jojo was a clinical law professor for over a decade, focusing on juvenile justice and criminal justice issues. From 2017-2019, she was the Assistant Director of the Utah Indigent Defense Commission where she worked on ensuring that all court involved youth in Utah are provided effective legal representation in court.


Jorge Mendez - Health Initiatives Subcommittee

Jorge is a Research Associate at The University of Utah since 2011. He is an interdisciplinary research scientist and data analyst with background in physics. Jorge counts with research experience in neuroscience, physiology, laser physics, nonlinear dynamics, modeling, microscopy, and electronics. Quantitative and programming skills, and experimental techniques.


Pashion Whales - Human Resources Subcommittee

Pashion comes to us with extensive experience, a strong leadership background, and excellent people skills! She recently worked as a Human Resources Business Partner at Goodwill where she was responsible for a multitude of HR duties including counseling and advising teams on policy and procedures, legal matters and investigations in both Employee Relations and EEO.

She also served as an Employee Relations Manager at Bloomingdales. Her 15+ years of experience in Human Resources includes supervising, coaching and mentoring, training, HR Policy, and HR Laws.

Pashion has a certificate of Human Resources Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies & Human Development, a Minor in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources.


Nick Renfro - Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Association. 

Mayor's Office of Diversity & Inclusion
2001 S State St  N2-100
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
Phone: (385) 468-7014

Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Efren Corado Garcia

Communication Intern, Chelsea Anowi

CODA Cohort Manager, Lia Baez

Rising Young Leaders, Daniel Romero-Guerrero