Cultural Planning Committees and Consultants

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The cultural planning steering committee, meting for the first time on November 3, 2022
Meet the community members and consultants who are leading a comprehensive cultural planning process for the Portland metro region.

A new regional cultural planning process is underway, guided by 24 community members who represent diverse perspectives from across the region. The committee includes:

Nat Andreini, Portland All Nations Canoe Family

Trieste Andrews, Oregon City Arts Commission

Nicole Bradin, Washington County Visitors Association

Julie Bunker, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

Joe Cantrell, artist

Gus Castaneda, Aloft Hotel

Corinn DeTorres, TriptheDark Dance Co.

Jerry Foster, PassinArt

Subashini Ganesan-Forbes, NEW Expressive Works

John Goodwin, Portland Art Museum

Kimberly Howard Wade, Caldera

Kamil Khan, Beaverton Downtown Association

Jaimie Lorenzini, Happy Valley Policy Analyst

Barbara Mason, artist 

Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, I Am More 

Jeremy Okai Davis, artist

Sushmita Poddar, small business owner 

Sankar Raman, The Immigrant Story

Barbara Steinfeld, consultant 

Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, MERC Commission

Toni Tabora Roberts, consultant

Tonisha Toler, Collins Foundation  

Sharita Towne, artist

Tammy Jo Wilson, Art in Oregon

Committee members were nominated by officials from participating jurisdictions, including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties; the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Portland; the Metro regional government; and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). They represent diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, cultural practices, and ways of knowing (e.g., disability; Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific, Islander and People of Color; LGBTQIA+ identities; and veteran communities). They also represent multiple sectors of the community, including arts, culture, creative economy, education, business, social justice, “unlikely allies,” and others.

Nominators sought to bring together a mix of personas, including individuals who lead with empathy, sensitivity, curiosity, and purpose, with a geographic mix of members reflecting all planning areas. Steering Committee members are asked to consider the community’s interests above individual or parochial interests, and have agreed to serve as ambassadors, advocates, and as thought leaders representing the breadth and depth of the metro region.

The Steering Committee’s authority is advisory to the Portland City Council and other jurisdictions in the region. They will help design engagement strategies to reach communities and individuals who can offer fresh ideas and insight to harness emerging opportunities and overcome longstanding challenges. The steering committee will also advise the staff team throughout the planning process, and ultimately co-create the vision, goals, and strategies of the plan, which will be completed in early 2024.

Committee members sit around a square table in front of a mural featuring Lizzie Weeks

The Steering Committee met for the fist time on November 3, 2022, and will continue to meet monthly over the next year and a half with our consulting team, which includes:

(Leadership Team:)

David Plettner-Saunders, Cultural Planning Group

Linda Flynn, Cultural Planning Group

Marlena Reese McKnight Ed. D., Cultural Planning Group

Eric Block, Metropolitan Group

(Project Consultants:)

Martin Cohen, Cultural Planning Group

LaShawn McCarthy Jr., Metropolitan Group

Marco Holman, Metropolitan Group

(And our Engagement Partners:)

Kathleen Holt, Holt Strategies

Michael Alexander, Ret. President & CEO, Urban League of Portland

The consultants' work is being overseen by a Project Management Team that represents the participating jurisdictions, including Dianne Alves from the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Laura Becker from the City of Beaverton, Jeff Hawthorne and Stephan Herrera from City of Portland, Michele McCall-Wallace from the City of Hillsboro, Mario Mesquita from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Raziah Roushan from Tualatin Valley Creates/Washington County, Sara Ryan from the Office of Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, and Robyn Williams from Portland’5 Centers for the Arts/Metro. 

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