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2040Freight Community Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Extended!!! Applications due September 2, 2020

Staff Liaison: Francesca Patricolo,, 503-865-6214


Please read full posting before clicking “apply.”

Purpose and Background

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is engaging Portlanders to:

  1. plan how to move goods through the city while meeting our goals for a safe multimodal system that supports economic prosperity, human and environmental health, equity, and resilience;
  2. develop strategies to support freight movement in ways that advance Vision Zero and a state of good repair for our asset management in anticipation of population growth and technological changes; and
  3. aim to reduce carbon emissions while advancing equity and addressing structural racism by engaging stakeholders and the public in examining relevant issues of environmental justice.

Committee activities include:2040 Portland Freight Plan logo includes a rose in the center, with icons of someone delivering boxes, a medium-size delivery vehicle, a bicycle delivery vehicle, and a semi-truck.

  • Think critically and strategically about the complete transportation system and provide input that champions the success of the whole transportation system, the City of Portland and its diverse residents
  • Advise the PBOT Director and staff on effective means of engaging Portlanders in each key step of the planning process
  • Help expand the reach of community engagement on the Plan. This may include helping to distribute invitations to open houses, online surveys, or other public events, providing regular updates to one’s community on the planning process, and consulting with members of their community on how best to represent their views, concerns, and recommendations.
  • Review and comment on key project materials
  • Provide feedback to staff to help identify needs, develop and evaluate alternatives, and identify preferred solutions
  • Provide feedback on the prioritization of work in future phases

Total number of advisory seats: 25

Number of seats available: 25

Who Can Join?

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help the government make better choices, then we want to see your application.

The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You live, play, worship, go to school or do business in Portland 
  • You are able to take a big-picture perspective that respects the needs of various modes
  • You have a willingness to entertain perspectives different than your own  
  • You can work effectively with others in a group 
  • You are considerate to understanding Portland’s necessary role as a multimodal interconnected freight network 
  • You have the capacity to engage in this process over the approximately 18-month planning period, including attending most of the meetings and participating fully in the discussions
  • You believe government is better when diverse community is involved 
  • You have experience or knowledge of impacts of the transportation system on:
    • communities of color
    • low-income communities
    • people with disabilities
    • multilingual communities
    • or other groups historically underserved by the transportation system
  • You have some connection to or experience with business, freight, trucking, and/or delivery work  
  • You deliver goods or food by car, truck, bike, or other mode for work 
  • You work in agriculture, manufacturing, intermodal freight, online retail, delivery, or logistics 
  • You represent or are an active part of a community-based organization, neighborhood, or business association 
  • You are a part of a community impacted by freight 
  • You have some connection with community or neighborhood perspectives, especially located in or near industrial areas 
  • You live or work near a freight district, industrial area, or a major truck route 
  • You often travel on freight routes or through freight districts 
  • You work in agriculture, manufacturing, intermodal freight, online retail, delivery, or logistics 
  • You have experience with online retail of goods or groceries  
  • You work in or advocate for environmental stewardship 
  • You are an active part of environmental justice (EJ) work or organizations 

Time Commitment

  • Bi-monthly meetings (every other month) will take place on weekday evenings
  • Meetings may be held virtually on the Zoom platform or held in person at one or more locations that work best for most committee members and accessible by transit.
  • In addition to bi-monthly meetings, there will be opportunities to optionally attend free educational field trips.
  • Members will be involved for approximately 18 months or until the project concludes.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings that take place in person. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply


Deadline extension!!! Applications are due on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 3, 2020. Interviews (OPTIONAL) will take place after August 17 – August 28. Members first meeting is scheduled early fall.

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, 503-865-6214.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application 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. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer 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.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Francesca Patricolo,, 503-865-6214