The Cascade Chapter serves Oregon and Southwest Washington. We offer regionally hosted public involvement trainings, conferences, learning and networking events, micro-grants for public participation, and best practice awards. Engage with our local Cascade Chapter community to share in a mutual exchange of equity-focused best practices in public participation.
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership (based on our IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation) charts a pathway to strengthen and transform our local democracies. Thriving, diverse, equitable communities are possible through deep participation, particularly by communities commonly excluded from democratic voice and power. The stronger our local democracies, the more capacity we can unleash to address our toughest challenges, and the more capable we are of surviving and thriving through economic, ecological, and social crises. It is going to take all of us to adequately address the complex challenges our cities and regions are facing. It is time for a new wave of community-driven civic leadership.
Leaders across multiple sectors, such as community-based organizations, local governments, philanthropic partners, and facilitative leaders trusted by communities, can use this spectrum to assess and revolutionize community engagement efforts to advance community-driven solutions.
Learn more from Rosa González of Facilitating Power!
Thursday, January 28 4-5:30PM by Zoom
About the presenter:
Rosa González is dedicated to a thriving culture of participation where communities come together to solve social, environmental, and economic challenges. Through her project, Facilitating Power, she works with organizations, foundations, universities, and collaborative initiatives to build the capacity for culturally rooted, community-driven leadership to advance whole systems solutions.. She wrote the Framework on Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning, and the Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, informed by climate justice leaders from around the country, and is working to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sectors at the local level through multiple city-based initiatives.
|Amy Nehl||Programs Committee Chair||Tell me about new opportunities!||Amy Nehl has been conducting community outreach and stakeholder engagement on behalf of agencies in the Portland Metro area for nearly 20-years. Amy most recently served as the Strategic Communications Manager for Clackamas County where she oversaw public involvement, community outreach and video production. With extensive experience in water/wastewater, transportation, parks and recreation and land use, she has a passion for community engagement and supporting projects and programs that connect agencies to their stakeholders and partners. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Portland State University.|
|Ashley Tjaden||Board Vice President||City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life||Ashley Tjaden has been bringing her passion for sustainable and equitable communities to the public sector throughout the Portland Metro area for over ten years. She began her career with a sustainability internship at Oregon Metro, then helped start the first commercial composting program for the City of Gresham, where she was born and raised. She is proud of her mixed race and diverse background. She is the second oldest of four children (she has three brothers), and the first person in her family to go to college. Ashley graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Community Development, inspired by time she spent living in Peru, practicing community development and community organizing. Ashley worked for Clackamas County before coming to work for the City of Portland. Today, Ashley Tjaden is an Analyst for the Office of Community and Civic Life where she supports the success of public advisory bodies citywide. She is currently in the Emerge Oregon program, which prepares women to run for elected positions. When she isn’t out volunteering and attending community events, she enjoys her life in southeast Portland with her partner and beloved teacup chihuahua.|
|Eduardo Montejo||Communications Officer||Parametrix||Eduardo Montejo is an urban and regional transportation planner, public involvement specialist, and business strategist currently working with Parametrix in Portland, OR. As a planner and P2 practitioner, Eduardo has centered his work around the pursuit of equity, community economic development, and people-centered transportation and sustainability outcomes. Eduardo is experienced in conducting outreach, convening stakeholders, designing communication and engagement plans, and implementing participatory techniques and methods in both Spanish and English for non-profit and public-sector organizations throughout the U.S. West. Eduardo is a native Spanish speaker and first-generation American of Mexican and Cuban heritage. Eduardo currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and sits on the Board of Directors for the Portland Lindy Society. In his spare time, Eduardo likes to surround himself with music, dancing, and friends.|
|Francesca Jones (Patricolo)||Board President||City of Portland Bureau of Transportation||Francesca Jones (Patricolo) is a Planner in the Policy Innovation and Regional Collaboration section of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. She specializes in addressing complex and contentious planning and public policy issues, as well as designing and advising on community engagement plans and processes for the bureau. She is President of the Cascade Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and served three years on the IAP2 USA Board, including a year as a USA Representative on the International Federation Board. In 2018, she won the IAP2 USA Greater Good Emerging Leader Award at the North American Conference in Victoria, Canada. In 2019, her work won the IAP2 International Core Values Award for Project of the Year for PedPDX: Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Francesca is a Master of Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, both received from the University of Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog on long walks with her husband.|
|Jen Gray O'Connor||Board Member at large||Lois D. Cohen Associates (LCA)||Jen Gray-O’Connor is honored to join the IAP2 Board to deepen her work developing opportunities for equitable public participation. She is finishing a Ph.D. in Urban Sociology and has over five years of experience advancing equity-focused community engagement strategies. Her research examines social justice interventions in transit-oriented development planning. As a Project Manager at Lois D. Cohen Associates (LCA), she oversees public involvement projects in the areas of transportation, parks, and school-based outreach. Previously, she worked as the ADA Coordinator for the City of Riverside, CA where she founded the Commission on Disabilities. To recharge from work Jen enjoys biking, reading with her kids, and gardening.|
|Kimberlee Ables||Board Member at Large||Metro||Kimberlee Ables is eager to join the board for the Cascade Chapter of IAP2 to work towards authentic relationship building with members of the community and connecting those who make decisions with the community those choices impact. In her work as a Public Affairs Specialist at Metro she has been able to partner with community-based organizations to help amplify the voices of the community and constantly sees how valuable these opportunities are. She is currently working with the Garbage and Recycling team and has played a large role in community engagement for the 2030 Regional Waste Plan. Kimberlee has also worked on the department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 5-year plan and will continue to help coordinate the agency-wide effort to release additional department plans. Taking a deeper dive into equity issues in her community, Kimberlee has been appointed to the Leaders for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council for Clackamas County by the Board of Commissioners. She is passionate about this work and ready to find interconnections and shared learning opportunities she can bring to the table as the chapter’s Micro-grant pilot program chair. Kimberlee received a bachelor’s degree in Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University and a master’s of arts degree in Journalism from Regent University. Currently residing in the outskirts of Clackamas County, Kimberlee finds joy with her family of four by exploring the outdoors, cheering on their favorite teams and enjoying time in their garden.|
|Sabrina Wilson||Micro Grant Committee Chair||Rosewood Initiative||Sabrina Wilson is the Executive Director of the Rosewood Initiative in Portland. She works to promote authentic relationships with the community as the foundation to public participation. She has a Masters in Public Administration and previously worked for the City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life as their code change committee project manager. Sabrina received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism as a double major from California State University, Long Beach where she worked for a City of Long Beach Councilwoman. Sabrina aims to change traditional public participation and engagement practices to ensure that community members have a meaningful impact on their community and the public policies that change it. Her personal mission is to help foster a more civically engaged public and believes that the people of every community should be the decision makers. Sabrina resides in East Portland where she enjoys her local gym, yoga and time with her husband and daughter.
|Tamara Falls||Board Treasurer||Portland General Electric||Tamara Falls is passionate about working to dismantle institutional racism and promote equitable policies and systems. Currently working for Portland General Electric as a Community Relations Manager, Tamara has a background in public engagement focused in the field of social services and community outreach. While new to IAP2, she has spent over ten years working to engage with underrepresented populations and has experience as a trainer in equity and inclusion and adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed care. Over the past decade, Tamara has served on the Oregon Public Health Association Board, Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon Board, YMCA Board, and was the Chair of the Southern Oregon Health Equity Coalition Board. When not working, she enjoys running, live music, and good conversation with friends and family.|
|Ping Khaw||Board Member at Large||PKS International LLC||Born in Malaysia, Ping immigrated to Portland in 1990. Her two decades of community outreach efforts include community art projects with communities of color, immigrants, and disadvantaged youth, that have gained her multiple awards. Her business endeavors include product export; strategic sales; fundraising management and event production. For the 2010 Census, she was the Oregon partnership co-team lead that assisted in hard-to-count operation. Since 2016, she has managed the CELS program which pairs experienced liaisons to assist government agencies and private entities to effectively engage under-served populations and immigrants. In the past, she has served on the board for New Portlander Policy Commission, Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA), Golden Leaf Education Foundation, state adviser for the US Civil Right Commission, Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC), IRCO Works LLC, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and Mass Mutual women advisory council. In 2014, Ping co-founded API Forward Foundation, an organization that fosters leadership and advancement for Asian and Pacific Islanders.|
|Ann Griffin||Board Member at large||Alberta Main Street||
Ann is the Executive Director of the Portland non-profit, Alberta Main Street. She is an experienced economic and community development professional, with strong business outreach and community engagement skills. Ann has worked in the local government, private for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She is driven to develop and implement programs that bring sustainable solutions to communities while enhancing the local economy. Ann is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED AP + ND).
During her 20 years in Portland, Ann has been a program or project manager for Prosper Portland (then PDC), Earth Advantage, the Lloyd EcoDistrict and Griffin Planning & Development. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and is a volunteer outings leader for the Sierra Club.
|Jenn Latu||Board Member at large||Portland General Electric||Jenn Latu has a deep interest in people, systems and the relationship between them. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, in a multiracial and multigenerational household with immigrant grandparents shaped everything about Jenn. These experiences also helped to cultivate her passion for dismantling oppressive structures, policies and practices. Jenn has a background in organizational change management and recently completed a graduate program focused on industrial and organizational psychology. Jenn has worked for Portland General Electric since 2011 and currently works as a Community Outreach and Engagement Strategist and Diversity Equity & Inclusion Consultant. Jenn has spent several years as a parent volunteer in Portland Public Schools on formal and informal efforts to advance racial equity and provide inclusive engagement opportunities for underserved students and families in her North Portland community. Youth sports keep Jenn and her husband busy for most of the time. When there is downtime, Jenn spends her time creating new memories with her family.|
|Kendall Martin||IAP2 USA Representative||Metro||Kendall Martin manages Metro's garbage and recycling communications team. He has over 15 years of management experience in marketing, multicultural research, advertising and PR. He is a passionate advocate for ensuring that Metro's racial equity strategy is fully actionable and measurable in all of the organization's communications processes and its public-facing work.|
||Jordan Imlah||Board Member at large||City of Milwaukie||
Jordan is the communications program manager for the City of Milwaukie where he oversees public involvement, print and digital communication, branding and graphic design. He also serves as the staff liaison to the Milwaukie Arts Committee. Jordan has spent most of his career working for local government agencies to help engage communities in public decision-making processes, build relationships and increase transparency. He is passionate about creating communication and engagement plans that reflect IAP2’s Core Values, and encouraging people from all backgrounds to share their voices. Jordan has a master’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Oregon and enjoys making cat-themed art in his spare time.