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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC)

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Please submit your applications by August 31st, 2018



To promote a culture of civic engagement by connecting and supporting all Portlanders working together and with government to build inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities. 


The Director of the Office of Community & Civic Life has convened the Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) to provide advice and support to the Bureau. The BAC’s role is to:

 1. Provide guidance to the Director on the effective use of resources as it relates to the bureau's overall strategic aim and racial equity plan;

     a. Review bureau goals, program priorities, and spending;

     b. Informed participation in Community & Civic Life's annual budget process;

2. Be an ambassador for the work of the bureau and for the City.


We will be introducing a new process for selecting committee members following the passing of the Advisory Bodies and Commissions Policy.

BAC’s membership is intended to represent a cross-section of diverse expertise, skill sets, background and viewpoints. Committee members will serve a two-year term with the opportunity to renew future terms (up to eight years total). There will be 12-15 active members.

The BAC will begin meeting in October of 2018 and continue with monthly meetings through the late spring of 2019.  There may be reason for twice a month meetings in January due to workload needs related to budget submission, but members will be notified promptly of any additional meetings.

Office of Community & Civic Life – BAC Calendar 2018-2019

June 11, 2018 – Final meeting from FY18-19 discussions

July – BREAK – no meeting.  Recruitment will begin in earnest, mid-July with all the updated forms provided through the Advisory Boards and Commissions work.

August – BREAK – no meeting.  Applications due by August 31st, 2018

September – BREAK - no meeting.  Internal review of applications, notification of decision by third week in September

October 8, 2018 – First meeting of FY 19-20, necessary trainings provided at meeting, and provide homework for remote/online trainings

November – Meeting

December – Meeting (before school winter break)

January – Meeting, have drafted BAC letter for budget submission

March – Meeting

May – Meeting, final for fiscal year

June-August 2019 – BREAK No meetings

*Our goal is to have a minimum of six meetings per fiscal year

The next Bureau Advisory Committee meeting will be held on October 8th, 2018.  

For specific information pertaining to the application process, please contact Mary Hartshorn at or 503-823-6033