Community Engagement: get involved!

Charter Commission Community Engagement
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How to get involved?

Attend a meeting 

All our meetings are open to the public! The Charter Commission hosts hybrid meetings, you can join us on Zoom or in-person! Follow along the Commission's work at their meetings, virtually you can engage in meetings using the Zoom Q&A feature or in-person by submitting questions through our public comment form. 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 CharterReview@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.

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

Join community events

The Charter Commission and our community partner have hosted various community events and hearings—make sure to check out the events sections to see upcoming community events.

Read key documents

New to Charter Review? Make sure you check our the Learn About the Charter Review Process & Meeting Your Commissioners and key documents & information section to learn more.

Note: Our website has been updated to meet ORS.260.432 guidelines. These guidelines apply once a Ballot measure has been officially referred to the ballot by a governing body. To ensure all documents on the website meet impartial thresholds, we have moved some documents to archives. To request a copy of certain document, please make a public record request by submitting a public record request online here: Request a Public Record |

Community education & engagement partnerships

The Charter Commission is committed to a community-driven process to inform its decision making and having an equitable, accessible, and transparent community engagement process that informs decision making. The Charter Commission has partnered with various community-based organization to support the design and implementation of community education and engagement actives to meaningfully engage Portland’s diverse communities​.

Coalition of Communities of Color

The Charter Commission partnered with the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) on the design and implementation of community education and engagement activities to meaningfully engage Portland's diverse communities in the charter review process with a focus on Portlanders who have been historically left out of city hall decision-making.

The Coalition of Communities Color partnered with a 12-member collaborative that includes the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Hacienda CDC, IRCO Africa House,Pacific Islander & Asian Family Center, Muslim Educational Trust, Native American Youth & Family Center, Inc., Slavic & Eastern European Center, Street RootsUnite Oregon, Urban League of Portland,Verde, and Next Up. All these partners bring deep community relationships and cultural expertise, with extensive experience in community engagement sessions, outreach, and trainings. The primary focus of CCC's collaborative is culturally-specific outreach and community engagement sessions with partner organizations. The secondary focus is broad multiracial outreach to the public at large while ensuring that all outreach materials are accessible to BIPOC communities, with anti-racist engagement strategies.

Community Engagement Cohort

The Charter Commission also established a community engagement cohort made up of seven community-based organizations. Cohort members spend about 12 hours a month developing ways for community members to provide input – and then engage the communities they serve to participate in charter review. This approach was designed to ensure that engagement is culturally relevant, reduce barriers to participation and compensate community organizations for their expertise. Participating cohort members include Taking Ownership PDX, Hygiene4All, Equitable Giving Circle, Rosewood Initiative, East Portland Action Plan, Rohingya Youth Association of Portland (RYAP), and Sunrise Movement PDX.

Past Engagements

Engagement by the numbers

The Charter Commission is committed to tracking and reporting its engagements. Below is a snapshot of the Charter Commission’s engagements as of March 31, 2022 and not an exhaustive list of all engagements.

Survey responses 4,022
People receiving monthly updates1,310
Community listening sessions (partner & Commission hosted)26
Participants at listening sessions (partner & Commission hosted)580
Public comments received1,600
Hours of verbal public comment15 hours
Public meetings81
Charter review briefings & presentation111
Policy discussion with community organizations34
Media articles, interviews, or inquiries109
Phase I Hearings

The Charter Commission hosted a series of hybrid (in-person & virtual) public hearings in May 2022 for community members to share their thoughts. 

Phase I Community Listening Sessions

The Charter Commission hosted a series of Community Listening Session in November 2021 and January 2022. In both sets of sessions, community members had the opportunity to learn more about the charter review process and the issues currently being researched by the Charter Commission (form of government & city council elections) and give input. As the Charter Commission hosted Community Listening Sessions, the Coalition of Communities of Color and the 12- member collaborative that we've partnered with on community education and engagement concurrently hosted 24 community workshops. 


Sofía Álvarez-Castro

Engagement & Communications Coordinator