D’Artagnan Bernard Caliman

Justice Oregon for Black Lives Initiative Director

he /him
dcaliman [at] mmt.org


D’Artagnan is committed to partnering with and elevating the voices of marginalized communities to alleviate systemic racism.

A champion for community organizing and efforts to address all forms of social injustice, D’Artagnan brings 25 years of community-based experience and partnership with marginalized communities from the juvenile justice, child welfare and homeless systems. 

As a sixth-generation Oregonian, D’Artagnan’s personal story is interwoven with many moments and milestones in Oregon history that may ring familiar to people who were raised in historic Albina, a longtime home to Portland’s Black and Native communities.

“In order to create meaningful, lasting change in regards to racial justice, we must be honest about the impacts of historical and current-day systemic and institutional racism, engage in honest dialogue, organize and mobilize on behalf of our most marginalized communities.”

Prior to Meyer, D’Artagnan served as senior manager of the Child Welfare Information Gateway Digital and Web Services team, as well as a state/territory liaison providing capacity building services for public child welfare (DE, MD, NH, VA, WV and Washington, DC.) at ICF, a global consulting firm that works to improve public child welfare in partnership with the United States Children's Bureau. He has also served as the chief of staff for the Maryland Department of Human Services, and as a child welfare consultant specializing in child welfare, child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice and social services.

For 15 years, D’Artagnan worked in case management, community programs supervision and overseeing national partnerships in Oregon, California and Washington for the Seattle-based Casey Family Programs.

Most recently, he led the strategy and implementation of effective partnerships and programs as the executive director at Building Changes, a Seattle-based nonprofit working to improve the educational, health and housing outcomes for students, youths and families who experience homelessness.

D’Artagnan also brings four years of experience working in local community-based nonprofits such as Portland House of Umoja and Self Enhancement, Inc.

D’Artagnan joined Meyer in January 2021.