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. 

Upcoming events

Communications + involvement during crisis

PI Network  October 21, 2020   |   4 p.m. Pacific

Followed  by social hour at 5 p.m.


Portland Public Schools, as well as most other school districts in the country faced tough decisions when COVID 19 began to infect communities throughout the US. Michelle DePass joins us for our next virtual PI Network to discuss communications and involvement during COVID and other crisis. Michelle, a former Cascade Chapter Board member and a recently elected board member for Portland Public Schools, will talk about the school district’s rapid responses to the COVID 19 pandemic during the 2019 and 2020 school years.  She will discuss the information that went into cancelling the last several months of school last year and restarting this year with not only a pandemic, but also ongoing protests in the city and wildfires on top of it. 

Free for IAP2 members, and $10 for non-members.

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Fee to non-members supports P2 microgrants. Free to students, non-profits and by need (honor system to all): use code 3S023ECC

Presenter Bio:

Michelle DePass is a Portlander born within walking distance of where she currently lives. A long-time IAP2 Cascade Chapter board member, she was recently elected to serve on the Portland Public School Board for a four-year term starting in July 2019.

She attended elementary school in Caracas, Guadalajara and Washington DC before returning to Portland to attend high school at Jefferson and graduating from the Metropolitan Learning Center lovingly called "camp run amok" by her mother.

She is the single mother of two boys ages 18 and 21, both Benson High School graduates. She got them to school late exactly once, and, and has cooked twice a day for their entire school careers. She does not watch television, has above average parallel parking skills, loves to cook and knit, and was just starting to read again for pleasure before her board duties kicked in.

She is passionate about education and children, fashion, architecture, cities, transportation, housing and addressing generational poverty.

The IAP2 cascade chapter board of directors is seeking new members!

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 yet a member of IAP2 USA. Membership will only be required once you are elected to the Board. 

Applications open beginning Friday October 16, 2020 and close at 8:00 am (Pacific time) on Monday, November 16, 2020. 

What do we do as Board of Directors? We plan learning and networking events for our general members, run meaningful programs to advance the practice of public participation in our region, share jobs, trainings and learning opportunities with our membership, and we develop leadership skills while connecting with other national and international practitioners of public participation. We learn from practitioners innovating the field of community engagement, and we incorporate equity in our work every step of the way.

The Board of Directors is dedicated to serving our membership base composed of hundreds of members from non-profits, community-based organizations, students, and public and private community engagement professionals. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter and get to know us! If you wish to become a member of IAP2 USA which includes membership to our local chapter, IAP2 Cascade, please visit

We hope you’ll consider joining our board of dedicated practitioners. This year, we are prioritizing representation from outside the Portland Metro region. If you are from SW Washington and any corner of Oregon, we especially encourage you to apply and we would be happy to meet with you (virtually) to tell you about our work.

Ready to learn more?

First, read our 2020 Application Guidebook.

The link to the online application form is in the guidebook and also here. 

If you have any questions, need assistance or accommodation in applying, email us at

We hope to see your application soon!

Apply for a small grant to help your organization advance the practice of public participation!

Total $6000 available. Grants will be awarded in $500 increments, up to $2000 per applicant.

We encourage applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents, and other underrepresented groups.

  • Projects must directly benefit Oregon, Southwest Washington  or residents within it.
  • Projects or programs involving private organizations  must be able to show a clear public benefit.

Learn more here (to read our application handbook)

Watch our 9/17 webinar to learn about IAP2 and our Cascade Chapter Community Capacity Grant (Passcode: umF+u$5& )

>>  APPLY HERE  <<

Applications due to on November 12, 2020.

Meet our Chapter Board Members

Photographs  Name  Position Organization  Bio
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.


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