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Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group

Name of Advisory Body: Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group

Deadline for Applicants: Open until filled.  

Staff Liaison: Jonna Papaefthimiou,, 503-823-3809

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

The URM Workgroup is charged with making recommendations to reduce the life safety risks posed by URM buildings and to reduce displacement following a seismic event.  The group must also seek to avoid displacement caused by seismic retrofit requirements. 

URM Work Group will advise Portland City Council on:

  • refining or expanding the standards proposed by an earlier URM committee
  • financing options to address the needs of both commercial and nonprofit buildings
  • timelines to guide the implementation of their recommendations.


To be eligible for the URM Work Group, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: up to 24

Number of seats available: up to 24

 Desired Attributes

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government process
  • You are willing to consider perspectives different from your own
  • You are an advocate for racial equity and seismic safety at all income levels
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You have experience, skills or perspective that can help the Work Group be successful
  • You have experience (lived, profession, educational, or other), skills, or perspective that can help reach other stakeholders, including those not currently participating

 Terms & Time Commitment

  • The full group is expected to meet quarterly for one year.
  • Each member is also expected to serve on either a for-profit or non-profit subcommittee that will meet monthly for one year.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time and arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items.
  • Translation, childcare, transportation assistance, and other reasonable accommodations are available as needed to support participation by all appointed members. 

Public Official Conduct of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The City will strive to include members representing all the groups listed on the application. Some groups may have more than one representative. Not every member will have all the types of experience listed. All applicants will be considered, and the Council will seek to appoint a balanced group that reflects the diversity of interests in this issue. 

Please complete the application and send it to The application information you provide is public information.


To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison Jonna Papaefthimiou,, 503-823-3809. 

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program or recruitment process, please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau: