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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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

Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC)

  • Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

The next Bureau Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 19th, 2018 5:30-7:45 pm.  

 

MISSION:

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. 

PURPOSE & ROLES

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.

 

MEMBERSHIP & TERM

The new process for selecting BAC members is a result of the Advisory Bodies and Commissions Policy Resolution 37328 passed in November 2017. Read Resolution 37328 here.

The first BAC meeting with newly selected members will be held October 15, 2018. Per City of Portland requirements, the new BAC membership also includes two Civic Life staff from represented and non-represented positions. 

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

Monday October 15th, 2018 at 5:30pm

Monday November 19th, 2018 at 5:30pm

Monday December 17th at 5:30pm 

January - To Be Determined 

February - No meeting 

Monday March 18th at 5:30pm

April - No meeting 

Monday May 20th at 5:30pm 

June-August 2019 – BREAK No meetings

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

 


 Meet the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) members for the 2019-20 fiscal year!

 

Abdi Mohamed Abdi Mohamed

Abdi was born and grew up in Somali. He immigrated to the U.S in 2009 and since then has been an Oregon native. After graduating from Portland State University with BA in Finance, he is now an activist and a community organizer. Abdi graduated from the 2017 Disability Power PDX - organized by City of Portland’s Disability Program for people with disabilities. Abdi is also associated with REAL: Reject Economic Ablest Limits. REAL promotes economic justice and advances disability justice by addressing systemic barriers to employment, fostering cross-disability leadership, and building partnerships.

Currently, Abdi works at African Youth Community Organization (AYCO) as a healthcare and disability coordinator, and ESL teacher. In 2018, he co-founded the Disabled Refugee Alliance, a program aimed at bringing awareness about immigrants and refugees with disability. Refugees with disabilities are often socially isolated in their homes, and the Disabled Refugee Alliance aims at educating the community to challenge common beliefs and attitudes about disabilities. Abdi is fluent in Somali, Mai Mai and English and offers professional interpretation services. He provides language interpretation in medical, legal, business, educational, and social service venues. Lastly, Abdi is serving on the board of directors at Disability Rights Oregon and the Collins Foundation Advisory Committee.

 

Adam Lyons

Adam Lyons
Adam provides overall management to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, engages with Directors from the other six Neighborhood Coalitions, and facilitates relationships with community partners. Born and raised in NE Portland, Adam spent the last seven years managing shelters and subsidized apartment buildings for both men and families with children throughout Portland. Service work has always been his passion. In his free time, Adam enjoys running with his dog Marty, painting and watching basketball.

 

 

 

Arainnia Brown

 Arainnia Brown

Arainnia grew up in Portland, Oregon.  She graduated from Concordia University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Communications.  She currently works with the Office of Community & Civic Life Cannabis Program as an Office Support Specialist II. She has a background working with international students along with experience working in the medical field. In her free time, Arainnia enjoys reading, meal-prep, and taking exercise classes. Overall, she loves trying new activities and is excited to serve on the Civic Life BAC committee!

 

 

 

Benjamin Nguyen

 Benjamin Nguyen

Benjamin is a senior at Reynolds High School living in the outer East Portland area. As a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission, Benjamin enjoys social justice work around transit equity issues affecting marginalized groups in the community and promoting youth engagement in policymaking. In his leisure time, Benjamin likes to go hiking, playing tennis and reading books in library corners. Being on the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee, he is looking forward to working with other passionate individuals on exploring different solutions to make Portland healthier, happier and a little more inclusive.

 

 

Christina Wienholz

Christina Wienholz

Christina lives in Portland with her family. She graduated from the Resolutions NW Facilitation cohort and City of Portland Disability leadership academy in 2017 and remains active in alumni activities. She is excited to be a part of the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee because she wants to ensure that our city is the most inclusive and equitable it can be. She considers her greatest skill to be her commitment to consensus building and ensuring that all voices are heard. Christina believes that as people become invested in the decision-making process they will be empowered, which ultimately helps the city to make decisions that consider all viewpoints.

 

 

Enrique Zegarra

Enrique Zegarra

Enrique was born in Chiclayo, Peru, but since then has spent most of his life in Portland. For Enrique, annual visits to Peru are a tradition and give him chance to spend time with his extended family. On one of these trips, he enrolled in salsa classes and began to love the dance. Enrique also enjoys delicious Peruvian dishes and watching the national soccer team play. His other interests include playing the guitar and cooking. Enrique's dream is to pursue a career in the medical field and help treat patients. Enrique is passionate about serving the community and being a member of the BAC is an effective way to represent latinx youth.

 

 

Jeannette Ward Horton

 Jeannette Ward Horton

Jeannette is the Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at MJ Freeway, the world’s largest cannabis software company. Before coming to MJ Freeway, Jeannette spent 15 years in the corporate sector in senior management roles in marketing, data, and communications for companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and UPS. Jeannette also leads NuLeaf Project, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity in the cannabis industry through investments in businesses and professionals of color. Jeannette has a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.A. from Georgia State University.

 

 

José Gómez

José Gómez

José Gómez is Peruvian. He holds master's degrees in Social Responsibility and Social Management. He is a specialist in Project Management, Social and Environmentally Responsible Investments and Community Action. He has experience in the design of programs and the implementation of small and micro enterprises, as well as in business incubators and community development. He has experience in event management, as well as disaster preparedness and management. He currently works at HACIENDA CDC as a business advisor.

 

 

 

Katherine Couch

Katherine Couch

Katherine began working for the City of Portland in 2011, beginning as an Office Support Specialist for what was then Office of Neighborhood Involvement. She is now the Assistant Program Specialist for the Noise Office with the Office of Community & Civic Life.After getting her degree at The Evergreen State College, she moved to Portland, working for several years as an outreach organizer on various local to statewide political campaigns. Katherine now lives in NE Portland’s Concordia neighborhood, with her husband, son, and a variety of pets.

 

 

 

Manijeh Mehrnoosh

Manijeh Mehrnoosh
Originally from Iran, Manijeh Mehrnoosh graduated from Unite Oregon’s Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (PILOT) Program in 2012. A librarian by training, Manijeh arrived in the US in 1986, and moved to Oregon in 1998. She is active in the Persian and Muslim communities, and volunteers weekly with our New American Voters Project, helping register new citizens to vote during naturalization ceremonies.

 

 

 

 

Muzammil Afzal

Muzammil Afzal

Muzammil (Muz) Afzal moved to Portland over two years ago and has spent his time working and volunteering for multiple nonprofit organizations. Born into a Muslim Pakistani family in California, Muz earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California Irvine and moved to Portland to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Muz now manages the Small Grants Program and is the Community Engagement Coordinator at SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. He has also worked in housing and support services for houseless community members before joining SE Uplift. He is motivated by a desire for a more just and kind world by raising awareness to disparities stemming from cultural, racial, economic and social injustices. Muz was born and raised on a small farm in California and likes to spend his free time fostering dogs, cooking and gardening.

 

Nyla McCarthy

Nyla McCarthy

Drawing upon her experiences as a person with disabilities, a childhood lived in poverty, a survivor of a violent sexual assault, and now as an Elder, Nyla has a deep commitment to human rights activism and social justice. Her varied adventures include facilitating the development of the National Youth Leadership Network in Washington, D.C., awards from the World Health Organization and Stanford Health Promotion Research Center for her youth empowerment model, collaborating on an AIDS prevention and assertiveness program for indentured sex workers in Hat Yai, Thailand, co-facilitating the Women in Politics Caucus of the International Women’s Convention in Cuba in 1999.

Additionally, Nyla has served as Chair of two Human Rights Commissions, Founding Chair of the Portland Commission on Disabilities, member of the Creation Committee of the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights, lead organizer of the Salem, Oregon, Women’s March on Washington, D.C. (the largest rally and march in history held at the Oregon state capitol). In 2012, she was named Most Empowering of Others by her Peer Cohort in the Governor’s DHS Leadership Academy. She teaches Inclusive Leadership, Ethics, Coaching, Public Speaking and Communication Skills and many aspects of Disability Justice.

 

Roberto de Anda

Roberto de Anda
Roberto de Anda is a Professor and Director of Chicano/Latino Studies at Portland State University. He received a BA in Chicano Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. After doing graduate work in Latin American studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), he earned a Ph.D. in sociology and bilingual education at the University of Arizona. He has published papers on labor market inequality among men and women of Mexican descent, and Ernesto Galarza’s contributions to the study of braceros and children’s literature in Spanish. He has also edited two editions of his book Chicanas & Chicanos in Contemporary Society. Professor de Anda is currently editing a book that seeks to document the transnational experiences of Chicanas/os who participated in the Becas para Aztlán Program (1972-1984), a scholarship program established through a bilateral agreement between the Raza Unida Party and the Mexican government for Chicanas/os to attend graduate school in Mexican universities.

 

Stanley Penkin

Stanley Penkin 

Stanley Penkin is a native New Yorker who has been in the construction, building and development business for many years. Stan is currently retired, and his educational background includes a BS in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Stan moved from NY fifteen years ago and never looked back. During that time, he has been actively involved in the community including: Chairmanship of two HOA Boards; Board Member of Portland Center Stage; Co-Founder of the Oregon Arts and Culture PAC (artPAC); a seven-year member of the Portland Plan/Comprehensive Plan Community Involvement Committee; Chair of the Arts Oversight Committee; and Board Secretary of both Friendly Streets and Boom Arts. He is currently President of Oregon Children’s Theater, President of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and on the Board of NWNW Coalition. Stan is an avid supporter of the arts and an advocate for livability and quality of life issues across the city.