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). 

Upcoming events


IAP2 Cascade Best Practices Awards!

Do you know of a planning or capital project that did INCREDIBLE public engagement?

Do you know of an organization that exemplifies putting IAP2 Core Values into practice?

Do you know of an organization that went to great lengths to respect diversity, inclusion, and culture?

Nominate one or more of them for an IAP2 Cascade Chapter PI Best Practices Award until June 14, 2018!

Nomination is now FREE and easier than ever before.

What do you win?

  1. Award winners will be presented small trophies at the June 21-22 PI Works Conference in Portland.
  2. Recipients will be asked to accept the award in person at the conference, or make arrangements for the award acceptance, which may include free conference registration, as-needed.
  3. IAP2 Cascade will pay for the award winners to go to compete for the National IAP2 Core Values Award in 2019, as eligible.
  4. Winners will be additionally applauded through our IAP2 Cascade Chapter and IAP2 USA e-newsletters, on our website, and through our social media accounts.


  1. Relevant work that promoted meaningful and innovative opportunities for community engagement must have been completed in Oregon or Southwest Washington.
  2. The IAP2 Core Values provide the basis for evaluating award nominations.
  3. Award nominations are open to anyone engaged in public involvement work (public involvement practitioners, project managers, agency staff, etc.), both public and private.
  4. Projects must be in the public realm (planning, construction or policy making) and must have been substantially completed after June 2016 and before June 2018.

Changes for Equity

This year, IAP2 Cascade has made changes to the application process. To promote a greater number of nominations for projects and organizations focused on diversity, we have removed the $100 application fee. We encourage you to nominate on behalf of an organization that does exemplary community engagement to underserved communities, especially if that organization would normally not apply due to time constraints.

Note: IAP2 Cascade may follow-up to ask for references from top nominees, as-needed.

All you need is to be able to write 250 words about the work!

NOMINATE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IAP2CCBPA18


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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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