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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

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

New Portlanders Policy Commission

Deadline for Applicants: First application review on August 5th, 2019. Open until filled, no later than August 25.

Staff Liaison: Linda Castillo (503) 823-5902

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

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Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

Advises the City Council offices and City bureaus on policies and practices to integrate immigrant and refugee communities’ voices and needs into the provision of City services, City decision-making and civic engagement in Portland, and to seek constructive relationships with City Council and City bureaus.

Commission activities include:

  • Review, develop, evaluate, and refine policy and practice recommendations for improving immigrant and refugee integration in all City activities.
  • Facilitate constructive working partnerships between City leaders and newcomer community leadership.
  • Provide a forum for setting integration goals between City bureau and community organizations.
  • Provide technical support and policy advice to City Council offices and City bureaus.
  • Provide feedback on the prioritization of work in future phases
  • Serve as consultant and advocate to local, state, and federal agencies on policies impacting immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Provide a report to City Council on policy and practice outcomes on an annual basis.
  • Engage in City’s annual budget process.


To be eligible for the New Portlanders Policy Commission, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 25

Number of seats available: 7

Desired Attributes

We do not expect you to have all of these attributes. These qualities are what we will be looking for in your answers and will guide the application selection process. The more specific, the better.

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government process
  • You are an advocate for racial equity and policy change
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You can successfully navigate conflict resolution.
  • You have an expansive world view.
  • You bring an immigrant/refugee, multicultural, multigenerational and intersectional perspective to the table.
  • You have direct working relationships with the community.
  • You understand the value of integration for immigrant and refugee communities.
  •  You are an empathic person with good listening skills and are a good community connector and bridge builder.
  • You are collaborative problem solver and can help facilitate change.

Terms & Time Commitment

  • Alternating monthly meetings will take place on weekday evenings for 2 hours at City Hall.
  • All Commission members must participate in, at least, one NPPC committee ether the Advocacy and Education Committee or the Equity, Engagement, and Enterprise Committee.  Committee Commitment is alternating months for 2 hours.Photo: Tongan Community at City Budget Hearing
  • Members will serve a term of 8 years or until the project concludes.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. This means members must publicly disclose potential “conflicts of interest.” We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Having potential “conflicts of interest” does not mean you cannot serve. Many committees have potential members with “conflicts of interest” by the nature of the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application Process

First review on August 5th, 2019 at noon. Open until filled, no later than August 25, 2019.


Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5902.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this 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, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

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

To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5902.