The Cascade Chapter serves Oregon and Southwest Washington. We offer regionally hosted 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 Cascade Chapter of IAP2 USA is committed to advancing social and racial equity by supporting and elevating public involvement professionals and work that is equitable in processes and outcomes. To accomplish this, IAP2 Cascade applies an equity lens across its organizational functions and obliges to the following credos:
Our chapter will foster an organizational culture that positions equity at the core of all that it does.
We will build our capacity to do this work by developing our shared knowledge and skills.
Auditing our Practices
We will evaluate our policies and practices through an equity lens.
We commit to working with the community and with our members to continue to elevate and advance this work.
We will recruit, support, and promote the leadership of a diverse membership and practitioners.
|Amy Kyle||Equity Committee Co-chair||Clackamas County||Amy Kyle has been conducting community outreach and stakeholder engagement on behalf of agencies in the Portland Metro area for nearly 20-years. Amy is currently the Strategic Communications Manager for Clackamas County where she oversees 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 Clackamas County to its stakeholders and partners. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Portland State University.|
|Ashley Tjaden||Board President and Interim Secretary||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 Committee Co-chair||Jacobs Engineering Group||Eduardo Montejo is an urban and regional transportation planner, public involvement specialist, and business strategist currently working with Jacobs Engineering (formerly known as CH2M) 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 Patricolo||Board President||City of Portland Bureau of Transportation||Francesca 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. 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 reading magazines, taking her red heeler, Moe, on long walks with her fiance, snuggling with her cat, Alvin, and brunching with her girlfriends.|
|Jen Gray O'Connor||Programs Committee Chair||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.|
|Karen Carrillo||Conference Committee Co-chair||Multnomah County Drainage District||Karen grew up in the central mountains of Latin America’s Northwest, the highest of the three branches of the Colombian Andes. She was born to a family of coffee farmers, ranchers and soldiers. At the age of ten, she moved to Alaska. Both her life and work experiences have led her to working on critical issues relating to environmental justice, community engagement, education and culture. Currently serving as the Public Affairs and Project Manager for the Multnomah County Drainage District, Karen works to increase public awareness of flood risk along the lower Columbia River. She has worked on sustainability, youth violence prevention, and social justice issues with local and international organizations such as the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, MercyCorps, Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, and Self Enhancement Inc. Karen is a graduate of the Center for Diversity and the Environment’s E42 program and has helped organizations move towards more equitable systems and policies. She received her degree in International and Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State University, and a certificate of French language proficiency from CIEP for France’s Ministry of Education; she is fluent in French and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys watching informative documentaries, kayaking Oregon’s popular and under-loved waterways, gardening while listening to podcasts, salsa dancing, and traveling many miles to spend time with her abuelo.
|Kimberlee Ables||Micro Grant Committee Chair||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||Programs Committee Co-chair||City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life||Sabrina Wilson is excited for her new role in IAP2 to promote authentic relationships with the community as the foundation to public participation. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration while working 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 still considers herself to be fairly new to the City of Portland but not at all new to changing 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 and yoga.
|Tamara Falls||Board Treasurer and Equity Committee Co-chair||Portland General Electric||(Pending an update) Tamara Falls is passionate about working to dismantle institutional racism and promote equitable policies and systems. Currently working for Washington County as a Community Engagement Program Coordinator, 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||Conference Committee Co-chair||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 paires 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.