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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Portland Commission on Disability New Member Info

New members being recruited by Portland Commission on Disability

The Portland Commission on Disability’s (PCOD) mission is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all. To achieve its goals and follow this mission, the Commission is composed of no more then 20 members who engage the community to advise City Council and its bureaus on the policies, services and practices to make them inclusive and accessible.

To further its endeavors, PCOD will actively recruit interested persons in the community who can help with policy analysis/creation, document creation, impacts upon people with disabilities and other work involved with its role for the City in advising.

The link to the application is available HERE!!

To help applicants understand more about the Commission and what that involves for its members, please read the following information on its background, commissioner expectations, terms of service and qualifications:


The Portland Commission on Disability was created by a resolution that was passed by City Council in December, 2008, to further the work that the Portland Citizens’ Disability Advisory Committee had been doing and to better engage the disability community in actively participating in city government.

Expectations for Commissioners:

Members are expected to commit six to ten hours per month to PCOD related meetings and activities.  This commitment of time includes reading email correspondence, reviewing meeting notes and handouts, and attending additional meetings as needed.  Members are also expected to abide by the governing charter of the commission.  It can be found at:

  • PCOD members are expected to serve on at least one working group/subcommittee.
  • PCOD members will present at City Council meetings and participate in briefings with the Mayor, City Commissioners, Bureau directors, and with community stakeholders, to discuss PCOD initiatives, as needed. 
  • Members are expected to serve their full appointed term of three years.  If a member must resign due to unforeseen circumstances, resignation must be provided in writing to the PCOD staff coordinator. 
  • There is no monetary compensation made to commissioners for their service as such.



  • To qualify for membership on the commission, each commissioner must live, work, be currently enrolled in school, or actively participate in cultural, civic or social organizations within the City of Portland or Multnomah County. 60% of the 21 seats on the commission are required to be people with disabilities.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate they have successfully moved forward disability related issues/policies in an organizational or personal setting.


Additional Information:

The commission meets every 2nd Friday of the month from 11am-2pm in the Bridge room at The Common Wealth Building, located at 421SW 6th Ave, 5th floor.  More information can be found on the commission website, .  As a prospective candidate you are expected to attend three meetings of the full commission before your application will be considered.  You may attend one coordinating committee meeting in the place of one full commission meeting to meet the three meeting requirement.  While in the candidate phase of recruitment we invite you to fully participate in the meeting discussion but you will not be able to vote.  While in the candidate phase you are subject to the same membership rules as the voting commissioners