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Apply: North Portland in Motion Community Advisory Group

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Members sought for North Portland in Motion! This upcoming planning effort will identify transportation needs and near-term investments to improve access to community destinations and support walking, biking, and transit use in the North Portland peninsula.
This image is styled to represent the North Portland in Motion Plan. It is a darkened image of N Lombard Street in Saint Johns, with the words North Portland in Motion overlaid.

Staff Liaison: Mike Serritella,, 503.750.6540

APPLY HERE Instructions below.

Purpose and Background

North Portland in Motion is an upcoming planning effort to identify transportation needs and near-term investments to improve access to community destinations and support walking, biking, and transit use in the North Portland peninsula.

This plan is an opportunity to convene the greater North Portland community to identify shared priorities and key opportunities for new investments to support better access to important places within the peninsula as well as better connections to Northeast Portland and the Central City. 

Through North Portland in Motion, PBOT will:
  • Engage deeply with North Portlanders to understand transportation needs and barriers to meeting daily mobility needs.
  • Identify a near-term prioritized investment strategy of projects and programs to improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit.
  • Build new relationships with community-based organizations to represent the diverse neighborhoods and communities within North Portland

The North Portland in Motion Community Advisory Group (CAG) will play an essential role in providing feedback, helping solicit and engage the broader North Portland community, and helping shape the final plan recommendations.

The group will meet at regular intervals (every 2 to 3 months) to weigh in at key moments during the plan development. Meeting with be roughly 90-120 minutes and will be a mix of presentation, workshop, and facilitated discussion. Meetings will be held virtually until public health guidance supports safe in-person meetings.

Committee activities include:

  • Elevate and confirm community priorities for investment
  • Act as a community liaison between PBOT and the greater North Portland community
  • Provide feedback and input on proposed programs, projects, and strategies identified in the planning process
  • Provide input on a plan implementation strategy

Total number of advisory seats: 20

Number of seats available: 20

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You are interested and care deeply about transportation needs in North Portland
  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You are involved with a community-based-organization, civic organization, or other non-profit that has a strong tie to North Portland
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You have the experience, skills, knowledge, or perspective related to:
    • Transportation Policy and Projects
    • Racial Justice
    • Social and Economic Justice
    • Youth and/or Elderly Transportation Needs
    • Disability Rights and/or Universal Access

Time Commitment

  • Meetings will take place every 2 to 3 months on weekday evenings. A meeting time will be determined based on the convenience of members.
  • Meetings are anticipated to be roughly 90 minutes in length, but advisory group members are expected to spend time reviewing and commenting on shared materials before and after these touchpoints – which could amount to roughly 4 hours per month when meetings occur. In the months where we do not hold a meeting, there will be substantially less time expectations.
  • Advisory members are encouraged, but not required to act as liaisons between PBOT planning staff and the broader North Portland community.
  • Meetings will initially be held remotely via Zoom, but may transition to in-person and/or hybrid models following public health guidance and consensus from the Community Advisory Group.
  • Members are involved for a duration of up to 2 years or until the completion of the planning process.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

When in-person public meetings resume, we may able to provide additional accommodations including child-care, stipend, and reimbursement for travel expenses. Please let us know how we can help remove barriers to your participation in your application.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are accessed through this link, and are due on August 7, 2021.

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You may prepare your ahead of time before entering the application system using the link below.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-4416.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about North Portland in Motion by visiting the project website at www.northportlandinmotion.comDo you have questions or need more information? Email Mike.Serritella@portlandoregon… or 503-823-4416.