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 networking events, trainings, and regional conferences for advancing our knowledge, skills, and abilities for best practice, ethical public participation.

Upcoming events

Join us for a panel presentation and discussion about the importance of equitable and inclusive public engagement.

Hear specific project examples that demonstrate equitable public engagement practices. Then enjoy a drink on us! 

Panelists (top to bottom from image above):

Kendall Martin, Communications Manager/ Interim Program Director, Metro Garbage and Recycling Program

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.

Amanda Garcia-Snell, Washington County Community Engagement Program Manager

Amanda has worked for Washington County for the past 11 years, prior to becoming the Community Engagement Program Manager she worked as the Health Equity, Planning and Policy supervisor in the Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. She brings a passion for relationship building and collaboration to her work and has been dedicated to building community partnerships on a broad range of activities for over 17 years.

Maria Magallon, Equity Services and Community Engagement Coordinator, Clackamas County Department of Health Housing and Human Services 

Maria's role is to provide strategic leadership to assure a culturally responsive workforce that serves the needs of diverse communities.   Maria has been employed at Clackamas County for over twenty years as a direct service provider and in her current role as Human Services Coordinator.  She chairs several Diversity and Inclusion committees, she is also a member of the Hispanic Interagency Networking Team and the tri-county Hispanic Services Roundtable committee.   With her experience and commitment to Equity Diversity and Inclusion, she is instrumental in advancing Equity work.  

Download and print our poster below!

Foundations Training: Nov 18-22 in Troutdale!

The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter is pleased to sponsor IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation course in November in Troutdale, Oregon (just east of Portland). This is the first time it’s been offered for open registration in the Portland region in four years.

The Foundations courses have long been a successful and well-reviewed staple of IAP2 offerings. It is the benchmark for public participation. It has been designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. The course is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

Sponsored by the Cascade Chapter (covering Oregon and Southwest Washington) of IAP2

McMenamins Edgefield,
2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060

Planning for Effective Public Participation: Monday through Wednesday, November 18th - 20th

Cost: $860 for members; $935 for non-members

Techniques for Effective Public Participation:  Thursday and Friday, November 21st and 22nd

Cost: $570 for members; $620 for non-members

Training Descriptions

Planning for Effective Public Participation (Three Days)

Planning a successful and authentic participation effort is not easy. Yet a major reason that initiatives fail to reach their community involvement goals is inadequate preparation. This planning module provides a proven, robust structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on, workshop-style course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

  • Evaluating the scope of a decision and identifying the processes needed.
  • Identifying the decision steps including timing and needed resources.
  • Establishing roles and responsibilities of the primary parties.
  • Developing a comprehensive, decision impact analysis to identify the stakeholder community, their concerns, and hopes.
  • Selecting the appropriate level of public participation.
  • Setting clear and achievable objectives.
  • Developing a detailed public participation plan.
  • Planning for communications initiatives that support the process.
  • Identifying appropriate evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.

This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.   

Cost: $897 for members; $975 for non-members

Techniques for Effective Public Participation (Two Days)

Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn to customize powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

Cost: $598 for members; $650 for non-members

Who should take this training?

Regardless of the arena in which you work, IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation can broaden your toolkit and bring greater creativity to your approach. This program will give you a broad-based understanding of how public participation works across the world.

Foundations is right for anyone working for or involved in public participation and community engagement projects in:

•           Government—municipalities, state and federal agencies

•           Corporations

•           Utilities

•           Environmental Agencies

•           Community Organizations

•           Universities

Get your reservation now. The classes have a limited capacity so sign up as soon as you can to reserve your spot.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Doug Zenn, at dzenn@zennassociates.com, or by phone at 503-329-0352.


Planning: https://iap2usa.org/event-3596408

Techniques: https://iap2usa.org/event-3596450 

NEW! Community Capacity Grant

IAP2 Cascade is now offering Community Capacity Grants!

Purpose: To reduce barriers to increasing capacity for mutually beneficial partnerships that are implemented in a way that bypasses agency bureaucracy to support high quality, culturally relevant work with community partners in Oregon and SW Washington.

Open to: IAP2 members or those partnering with IAP2 Cascade Chapter members

Applications open: Sept 9 – Nov 15, 2019

Amount available: $3000 (up $1000 per project)


1/2 sheet flyer to print and share: IAP2 Cascade_grant half sheet_2019.pdf

APPLICATION FORM: IAP2 Cascade_Community_Capacity_Grant_Application_2019_fillable.pdf

Application evaluation rubric (for applicant reference): Community_Capacity_GrantRubric_IAP2_082019.pdf


Apply to serve on the IAP2 Cascade Chapter Board!


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 applies an equity lens across its organizational functions and obliges to the following credos:

Organizational Culture

Our chapter will foster an organizational culture that positions equity at the core of all that it does.

Organizational Capacity

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.

Collaborative Development

We commit to working with the community and with our members to continue to elevate and advance this work.

Diversifying Membership

We will recruit, support, and promote the leadership of a diverse membership and practitioners.

2018 PI Works Conference

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

Chapter Board Members

Photographs  Name  Position Organization  Bio
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. 

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