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Portland City Council approves appointees to Government Transition Advisory Committee

The new Government Transition Advisory Committee will advise the city council, the chief administrative officer and the City of Portland’s transition team on issues related to the development and implementation of the City’s transition plan.
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On March 22, the Portland City Council approved the 15-member Government Transition Advisory Committee. As the main public engagement body for the transition, the committee members will focus on community education and engagement related to the charter amendments approved by the voters in the November 2022 election.

For the duration of their two-year terms, committee members are expected to spend about 12-15 hours per month on advisory committee work. The 15 community members appointed to the Government Transition Advisory Committee are (alphabetical by last name):  

  • David Burnell
  • Bill Farver
  • Manie Grewal
  • Lory Hefele
  • Joe Hertzberg
  • Juliet Hyams
  • Zach Kearl
  • Destiny Magaña-Pablo
  • Elizabeth Mazzara
  • Maabi Muñoz
  • Fred Neal
  • Terrence Paschal
  • Amy Randel
  • Juanita Santana
  • Amy Wood

Alternate members and reserve alternate members may be selected to move into a committee role if any of the appointed committee members are unable to fulfill their duties.   

Alternate members (alphabetical by last name) 

  • Leah Benson
  • Jane DeMarco
  • Jose Gamero Cassinelli
  • Terry Harris

Reserve alternate members (alphabetical by last name)

  • Brian Belica
  • William Kinsey

All committee members live, work, worship, or are enrolled in school within the City of Portland, and represent a diversity of race, gender, age, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, mental or physical abilities, sources of income, and geography.

Workplan will focus on community education and engagement 

While the advisory committee will develop its own workplan, expected responsibilities include:   

  • Ensuring that implementation of the November 2022 voter-approved charter amendments is done effectively and efficiently, following the City’s core values of anti-racism, equity, communication, collaboration, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Maintaining open and consistent communication and engagement with internal and external stakeholders throughout the transition, and ensure input is meaningfully integrated into the City’s implementation of the November 2022 voter-approved Charter amendments.
  • Serving as the primary solicitor and repository of public input related to the transition (non-districting topics only).
  • Advising the City on the charter amendments transition plan and community education and engagement plan, including project schedule and project budget, resource allocation and funding strategy.

Meeting schedule begins April 25

View details for the first meeting of Government Transition Advisory Committee.