Portland, OR — City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has selected three members to serve on a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Energy Fund (PCEF). This SAC will recommend potential candidates to the Mayor and City Council for the PCEF Grant Committee.
The following SAC members bring valuable perspectives to help evaluate the applicants for a candidate pool that can implement a program envisioned by the community coalition that led the ballot initiative last fall:
- Lenny Dee – Lenny brings years of experience volunteering his time and skills for the Portland Clean Energy Fund community coalition that helped pass Measure 26-201 in 2018. A long-time community advocate for climate action, he has an extensive knowledge of the Portland Clean Energy Fund measure and its intent.
- Irene Marion – As the Equity and Inclusion Manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Irene works to empower communities that have been historically marginalized in bureaucratic government processes. Irene has actively supported the development and cultivation of various PBOT public advisory bodies.
- Ryan Curren – As the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s lead for the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy and station area planning, Ryan brings a multidisciplinary approach to planning for a just and sustainable Portland that works better for everyone.
The PCEF Grant Committee
In November 2018, Portland voters passed Ballot Measure 26-102 – the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund – with 65% of the vote. PCEF is anticipated to bring $54 to $71 million in new revenue for green jobs and healthy homes for all Portlanders, especially those most susceptible to the impacts of climate change. The PCEF Grant Committee is required per Portland City Code (PCC) 7.07, which codified Measure 26-102.
The PCEF Grant Committee will make grant funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the PCEF program. The committee will also be central to overseeing the design, development, and implementation of the PCEF program.
PCEF Grant Committee nomination process
Each City Council member (including the Mayor) will nominate one committee member based on qualifications set forth in PCC 7.07.050, Section D. Those five nominees, once appointed, shall then recommend four additional members to the Mayor for appointment.
While the Mayor and City Council will have access to the entire 113 applicants, the SAC will recommend the top 15 – 25 candidates based on criteria in PCC 7.07.050, Section D. The diagram above shows how the SAC may interpret these criteria.