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In community with the Government Transition Advisory Committee  

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GTAC members help build relationships as they meet with community groups across Portland to answer questions about the Charter transition.
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After spending months learning about what is needed to implement the charter amendments approved in ballot measure 26-228 and offering advice to the transition team, members of the Government Transition Advisory Committee are hitting their stride with outreach to Portlanders to give educational presentations about ranked-choice voting, Portland’s new districts and the mayor-council form of government.

A couple examples of recent presentations appear below, as well as resources on how to schedule a presentation or attend a future GTAC meeting (in-person or virtual).  The next GTAC meetings are Jan. 19 (Subcommittee on Council Operations) and Feb. 6 (full GTAC meeting).  View all upcoming GTAC meetings here.

Multnomah Youth Commission 

In December, GTAC members Jose Gamero-Georgeson and Destiny Magaña-Pablo presented at the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), the official youth policy body for Multnomah County and the City of Portland, composed of civic-minded leaders ages 13 to 21. MYC provides a voice for youth in the County and the City's work. The presentation was met with enthusiasm, curiosity, and underscored the importance of bringing [OS1] the perspectives of Portland’s future leaders to civic conversations.  

Thrive East PDX

GTAC's Zach Kearl and Amy Randel recently presented to Thrive East PDX, engaging with numerous community groups from East Portland. Discussion included insightful questions about the division of roles among future city leaders, candidate eligibility, and the City's outreach plans. It is important to GTAC to ensure communities like East Portland who have been traditionally underrepresented in City Hall decision-making are engaged prior to the Nov. 2024 election, and building connections is important for an effective and efficient transition. 

Background and resources

The Government Transition Advisory Committee was appointed by the mayor and approved by city council in March 2023. The primary roles of the committee are to ensure implementation of the voter-approved Charter amendments is effective and efficient, to serve as the main public engagement body for the transition, and to provide strategic advice to the City of Portland.