Welcome to the Cascade Chapter!

The Cascade Chapter serves the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington. We were one of the first official chapters of IAP2 and remain highly active with bi-monthly PI Networks, biennial PI Works conferences, and IAP2 certificate trainings. We are dedicated to serving our fellow practitioners and the practice itself by hosting regular training and networking events and supporting students pursuing P2 careers. As of 2017, we have awarded a total of $65,000 in student scholarships to graduate students at Portland State University (since 2008) and the University of Oregon (since 2011). 

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JOIN US! IAP2 Cascade Chapter Prospective Volunteers Networking Party

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 5:30-7:30PM at Kells Irish Pub at 112 SW 2nd Ave in Portland.

At 6PM, brief presentation about IAP2, our Chapter Board and committees: Programs Committee (plans and hosts periodic learning and networking events), Micro-Grant Committee (a brand new committee that will design a process to award micro-grants to support community engagement efforts), Equity Committee (reviews the core functions of our organization and provides recommendations to improve our practices and procedures), and the Conference Committee (plans our every-other-year conference). Network with current, past, and prospective chapter leaders to learn more about IAP2 and how you can get involved. Enjoy plenty of appetizers courtesy of IAP2 Cascade! Alcohol may be purchased separately.


Nominations open on Tuesday October 9, 2018 and close at 4:00 pm Pacific time Friday, November 16, 2018.

All Oregon and Southwest Washington public participation practitioners of any and every variety are invited to apply to serve on the IAP2 Cascade Chapter Board even if you are not already a member of IAP2 USA. Membership will only be required at the time board members are elected.

Board appointments are for two or three-year terms. After serving for two years, you may choose whether to serve for one more year in your term.


After applications are due, the IAP2 Cascade Elections Committee will meet and review the applications received. A slate of recommended candidates will be brought to the IAP2 Executive Committee, who will take a vote. Our winter celebration event will honor new Board members. An onboarding retreat for Board members will take place in January 2019.

Questions? Please contact Michelle DePass at IAP2Cascade@gmail.com


2018 PI Works Conference

Thank you for everyone who attended the 2018 PI Works Conference on June 21 and 22, including our fabulous presenters. We were also lucky to have ELGL live blog the conference. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SUZANNE DONALDSON, Donaldson Enterprises Indigenous Land Acknowledgement (Learn more with USDAC's Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement)

TOWNHALL SESSION 1, facilitated by Ronault LS Catalani (Polo)  Policing our communities together: Public safety partnerships

TOWNHALL SESSION 2, facilitated by Christine Chin-Ryan  Home stress: affordable housing crisis among underserved communities (Presentation about Portland's housing history)

TOWNHALL SESSION 3, facilitated by Kheoshi Owens Community engagement: ensuring equality via equity practices (Presentation)

Friday, June 22, 2018

EMILY LAI, Momentum Alliance + PEGGY MORELL, Metro Beyond Inclusion: Community partnerships for racial justice (Presentation; Safehouse Progressive White Supremacy handout; Metro's Strategic Plan to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion; and upcoming trainings offered by Momentum Alliance)

LORNA FLORMOE, City of Eugene Innovative outreach for the Parks and Recreation Systems Plan (Presentation)

KIT COLE, Kit Cole Consulting Storytelling makes for a good story (Presentation)

JESS COLUMBO, Med|Ed Digital Storytelling for Social Media (Presentation)

YEE WON CHONG, Yee Won Chong Consulting Incorporating trans-justice into public involvement (Presentation)

JOY ALISE DAVIS, PAALF Creating the People’s Plan (Presentation)

2018 Award Winners

We present awards during our conference to highlight organizations, projects, and individuals that are providing exceptional public outreach. This year's winners are no exception, who embody IAP2’s core values in public involvement. Please congratulate them all (and learn more about their projects)!

Wantland Award for Service - Doug Zenn

Best Research Project – Coalition of Communities of Color: Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County 

Best Planning Project – Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) People’s Plan

Best Organization Award – Camas School District: All Student Wellness Program

Respect for Diversity, Inclusion & Culture – Ripple Planning: Queets Village Relocation Plan: A Community Vision for a Safe Future Queets

Honorable Mention: Research Project – Metro Regional Government: Metro Mosaic Communities of Color

Honorable Mention: Respect for Diversity, Inclusion & Culture – City of Eugene Parks & Recreation Facilities Planning

We'll post more information here, including our event summary and evaluations. If you have any questions please send us an email at iap2cascade@gmail.com

Thanks again to our sponsors, whose financial and in-kind support helped to make the conference possible. 

Gold: JLA Public Involvement and ELGL

Silver: Brightside EngagementLauren Cobb Consulting LLC, and Barney & Worth

In-kind Support: Catholic CharitiesWidmer Brothers Brewing, and PBOT

Meals were purchased through local, women and/or People of Color businesses: Kesone Fusion, Hodas, Miss'ippi Chefs, and Mixteca


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2017 PSU Scholarship Winner


Ms. Denton is a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Research Education and Traineeship Fellow (IGERT) and Institute for Sustainable Solutions Fellow at Portland State University.

Her background includes AmeriCorps volunteer in New Mexico, non-profit work at the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Community Clinic of NW Arkansas. Through these and other experiences, she has gained insights to the impact and effects of individual engagement in peoples’ lives. This has led to a goal of providing public participation at every scale.  Academically she is pursuing interdisciplinary research with the goal to embark in a career in international environmental management.

Ms. Denton is the latest in a continuum of outstanding scholarship awardees from Portland State University. Cascade Chapter of IAP2 has provided $62,500.00 to date in scholarships in support of future practitioners and advancement of best practices for public engagement. The Chapter stands behind the IAP2 goal of providing community members opportunity to be a part of the decisions that affect their lives.

Welcome to IAP2 and to the Cascade Chapter Ashlie!!

Check out our Strategic Planning document here:

StrategicPlanning-Summary-CascadeChapter-062117.docx (1).pdf

Learn about our chapter's organizational structure here:

OrganizationCascadeChapter-100317.docx (1).pdf

Chapter Executive Committee

Francesca Patricolo, Chapter President, IAP2 USA Member Services Committee, Former IAP2 USA + Federation Board Member, Chapter Equity Subcommittee Member

Michelle DePass, Chapter Vice President, Chapter Equity Subcommittee Member

Brandy Steffen, Former Chapter President, PI Works! Conference Chair, Chapter Equity Subcommittee Member

Arwen Bird, Former Chapter Vice President, Chapter Equity Subcommittee Lead

Alex Cousins, IAP2 USA Board Member, Former Cascade Chapter President

Mike Dahlstrom, Treasurer, Chapter Scholarship Award Chair, IAP2 USA Chapter Liaison Chair

Doug Zenn, Former IAP2 USA Board President + Federation Board Member, Former Chapter President, Certified IAP2 Trainer

Julie Rawls, PI Network Series Co-Chair

Heather Coston, PI Network Series Co-Chair

Anne Pressentin, Board Member

Jessica Pickul, Board Member

Executive Committee meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 8:30 am and are open to all. 

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