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Community Engagement

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How to get involved?

Attend a meeting 

All our meetings are open to the public via Zoom! Please check out the events  section of the website to see upcoming meetings and agendas.

Can’t attend a meeting?

All our meetings are recorded and posted on the website. Please check out the past events and hearing section of the website, and you will find all our previous meetings, recordings, and meeting summaries.

Submit written public comment

The Charter Commission wants to hear from you! We encourage folks to submit public comments through our online public comment form or via email to CharterReview2020@portlandoregon.govwith subject line public comment.

Sign-up to give verbal public comments at a meeting

You can sign-up to give verbal public comments at one of our meetings. Sign-up here to give public comments and check out the events section for upcoming meetings with public comments.

Engage with a subcommittee

We currently have two subcommittees, Form of Government and City Councils Elections. If you are interested in learning more about the subcommittees work, meeting times, and how to get involved, check out the Phase Isection of the website.

Request to connect with project staff or a Commissioner

Charter Commissioners and staff are happy to connect with community-based organizations and community groups. If you are interested, please reach out via email to

Sign-up for email updates

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign-up for email updates to receive the latest updates on Charter Review! Sign up here. We also publish all of email updates on the news section of the website. 

Read key documents

New to Charter Review? Make sure you check our the Learn About the Charter Review Process & Meeting Your Commissioners, and the news section of the website to learn more.

Community events: Listening Sessions

The Charter Commission is planning virtual listening sessions for community members to give feedback on Phase I issues, form of government and city council elections, as well as potential issues for the Commission to address in Phase II. Please check soon for more information!

  • Listening session #1 Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Listening session #2 Saturday, November 13th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Community education & engagement partnerships 

Coalition of Communities of Color

We are partnering with the  Coalition of Communities of Color  on the design and implementation of community education and engagement actives to meaningfully engage Portland’s diverse communities in the City Charter review process with a focus on Portlanders who have been historically left out of City Hall decision making.

CCC will begin work with a 12 member collaborative that includes APANO, Hacienda CDC, IRCO Africa House,Pacific Islander & Asian Family Center, Muslim Educational Trust, Native American Youth & Family Center,Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., Slavic & Eastern European Center, Unite Oregon, Urban League of Portland,Verde, and NextUp.

Engagement opportunities

Be on the lookout! We will begin to frequently update this section of the website with updates and engagement opportunities from CCC, including a community engagement survey scheduled for the end of September!

Community engagement cohort

We are also so excited to share the eight community-based organizations that will be participating in an education and engagement cohort for the City’s Charter Commission: NAACP, Taking Ownership PDX, Hygiene4All, Equitable Giving Circle, Rosewood Initiative, East Portland Action Plan, Rohingya Youth Association of Portland (RYAP), and Sunrise Movement PDX. The Community Engagement Cohort will develop ways for community members to provide input – and then engage the communities they serve to participate.


Sofía Álvarez-Castro

Engagement & Communications Coordinator