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 2016, we have awarded a total of $55,000 in student scholarships to graduate students at Portland State University (since 2008) and the University of Oregon (since 2011). In 2012, students at the University of Oregon initiated a student group called Students for Public Participation (SP2) as a subcommittee of our chapter. Our chapter looks forward to awarding two more $2,500 scholarships for the 2016/17 school year.

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PI Network

City of Beaverton's BOLD Program - Cascade Chapter Project of the Year Winner

Presented by Alexis Ball, Equity Outreach Coordinator, City of Beaverton
Wednesday, January 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Beaverton City Hall, 3rd floor E-Suite Training Center, 12725 SW Millikan Way
(Free parking in the garage adjacent to City Hall on Millikan Way.)

Please join us for another "PI Network" professional development and networking event sponsored by Cascade Chapter of IAP2 USA. PI Networks are FREE to IAP2 USA members and students. Non-members, please pay $10 at the door in cash or by a check payable to Cascade Chapter of IAP2. Get to know your peers and stay for the no host social afterward at the Hall Street Grill, Cooper River Room, 3775 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton.

This month, PI Networks goes on the road for a special meeting in Beaverton. Please join us as we hear about Beaverton's BOLD program - how it aligns with IAP2 Core Values and how it supports the city of Beaverton's equity efforts. Presenters will explain the program, show what impact it has had on increasing participation among under-represented communities and how other jurisdictions and agencies could implement a similar program.

The BOLD program is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program is a partnership between the city of Beaverton and Unite Oregon (formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing) and is a key strategy of the Cultural Inclusion Program to boost engagement of underrepresented communities in city government.

The trainings are structured based on a popular education model, which draws from each participant's direct, lived experiences and knowledge. Content includes a focus on understanding the city of Beaverton's government structure and political landscape.
* Building a shared understanding of our experiences and priority issues
* Community organizing and shifting public policy

The program is important in helping make Beaverton a thriving, multicultural city that is inclusive to everyone.

Presenter Alexis Ball is the Equity Outreach Coordinator in the Mayor's Office at the City of Beaverton. She coordinates the Cultural Inclusion program, which supports city government in becoming more welcoming, inclusive, representative and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants and refugees. Alexis comes from a background in the non-profit sector, working in community organizing and advocacy in a variety of settings in the US and Mexico. She holds a Master of Social Work from Portland State University.

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Presentation archive: 2016 PI Works Conference

Les Zaitz – no presentation

Dave Thompson Crisis Management

Penny Mabie – Big scary meetings

Dr. Renee Lertzman – no presentation

Anne Pressentin – Increase the odds of success

Francesca Patricolo, Jessica Pickul and Marissa Grass – Youth Engagement

Kit Cole – no presentation

Kirstin Greene, Ping Khaw and Polo Catalani - Community Engagement Liaison Model

Jeanne Lawson – No Really!

Colleen Gants We already paid for it!

Sylvia Ciborowski – CBO partners


Kimberly Dinwiddie and Peter Murphy- Coming soon

Tony Faast and Sheri Wantland – Strategic Analysis Worksheet 


2016 PSU Scholarship Winner


Her stated goal of leading “..public organizations toward equitable and inclusive policies..” is noble and matches very well with the intent and mission of IAP2. And her work with Mexican communities, First Nation students, Vietnam, and Latinas in the Portland area provide an incredible foundation of understanding the needs and desires of historically under-represented communities. Finally, we applaud her efforts to establish and lead the Women’s International Leadership and Learning organization. We are incredibly pleased to add Mandy to our IAP2 Cascade Chapter family of scholarship winners.

2016 UO Scholarship Winner


Selected from a number of very qualified applicants, his experience in public involvement to date and intent to make engagement a significant part of your future work illustrates the value he will bring to this field.

"Most recently, I have worked with the City of Eugene, OR as a facilitator as part of their Human Rights Commission outreach in order to engage and educate the community about issues related to equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion. At our last meeting, we filled the room with over 90 participants engaged in constant interaction, feedback, and discourse discussing Eugene’s controversial history. I plan to use my degree and experience in Public Participation, my BA in Journalism, and my Masters of Public Administration to work as a Citizen Engagement Coordinator role for a local government. My goal is to get everyone interested in the public process - not just the privileged few who benefit most from the decision-making." 

Recap: 2015 IAP2 North American Conference

Our Cascade Chapter hosted the 2015 North American Conference Sept. 9–11 in Portland, Oregon and it sold out with 350 attendees! The conference theme of “What’s Brewing in P2?” generated so much excitement that a bonus preconference workshop on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was added to the slate. World class keynote speakers Denis Hayes, Nanci Luna Jimenez, Anne Udall, and Andrew DeVigal shared their moving and sometimes wry observations on authentic and inclusive engagement, millennial storytelling, and keeping the faith that our dedication to P2 will make a better world. 



University of Oregon Students for Public Participation
UO SP2 Leadership 2015-2016
Mariah Acton, President
Wesley Lucas, Vice President
UO SP2 Mission Statement:

The University of Oregon Students for Public Participation is a diverse group of emerging practitioners dedicated to learning and expanding public engagement in a collaborative and inclusive way. We partner with the International Association for Public Participation and subscribe to their core values and ethics.

UO SP2 Credos & Goals:

Professional Development
We will foster professional development for students aspiring towards public participation and collaborative public engagement professions.

Collaborative Learning
We will create opportunities for collaborative learning among UO students and the community.

Best Practices
We will strive towards continually learning and performing best practices in public engagement.

We will network as a means to improve our skills and professionality, build meaningful relationships, meet like-minded professionals, and enable others to join and spread our SP2 mission.

Effective and Sustainable Decision Making
We will promote effective and sustainable decision making by advocating for long-term thinking, inclusion, and empowerment to help citizens realize the importance of their involvement.

Diversity Within SP2
We will cultivate a cross-disciplinary and diverse group of students dedicated to practicing high quality public engagement.

Diversity Outside SP2
We will actively strive to engage the ideas, beliefs, concerns, and participation from people of all backgrounds.

Read the rest of UO SP2's bylaws here, then edit-at-will to create an SP2 affinity group at your own university! 
Visit UO SP2 on Facebook to join our discussions, see posts for local entry-level P2 jobs, and see what we're up to.
Join our SP2 global community on LinkedIn to see posts for national and international entry-level P2 jobs, share resources and information, and help us start a network of practitioner-supported public participation student groups everywhere!
Need advice or help starting an SP2 at your university? Contact Francesca Patricolo.

Chapter Executive Committee

Brandy Steffen, Chapter President

Arwen Bird, Chapter Vice President

Francesca Patricolo, Equity Subcommittee Chair, IAP2 USA Member Services Committee, Former IAP2 USA + Federation Board Member

Mike Dahlstrom, Treasurer, Chapter Scholarship Award Chair, IAP2 USA Chapter Liaison Chair

Doug Zenn, Former President IAP2 USA Board, Certified IAP2 Trainer

Jessica Pickul, IAP2 USA Communications Committee

Susan Hanson, PI Network Series Co-Chair

Julie Rawls, PI Network Series Co-Chair

Alex Cousins, Former Chapter President

Heather Coston, PI Network Series Co-Chair

Jen Colbert, Chapter E-news Director

Stephanie Slyman - Board Member

Adrienne DeDona - Board Member

Anne Pressentin - Board Member

Sheri Wantland - Board Member

Gary Marschke - Board Member

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