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Long-time youth advocate and community volunteer Julie S. Young was named to the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee.
Young replaces former Allocation Committee and city-appointed member Alissa Keny-Guyer, who resigned last month after she was appointed to fill Ben Cannon’s seat in the state legislature. Current Allocation Committee members include Portland City Commissioner and Chair Dan Saltzman; County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury; Adrienne Livingston, executive director of the Black United Fund of Oregon; and Ron Beltz, senior vice president of APIC Property Management.
Saltzman made the announcement today, citing Young’s many years of civic commitment as a clinical social worker, nonprofit board and committee member and children’s activist. The Portland City Council will be asked Wednesday to approve the appointment. “Julie is an ideal fit for this position as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her involvement with organizations such as the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, the Oregon Community Foundation, Social Venture Partners and City Club,” Saltzman said. “We’re pleased to have her on board.”
Young, who holds a Master of Social Work and was selected from a bevy of candidates who applied for the opening, said she is committed to the success of the Levy. Her professional career has been devoted to working with diverse populations and vulnerable families, and she has a keen insight into child welfare, foster care and the juvenile justice systems through her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a community mental health practitioner.
“I believe the Levy is the smartest long-term, dollar-for-dollar economic development strategy the City of Portland has. While the return on investment may not be immediately obvious, research has repeatedly demonstrated that all of society benefits from physically, mentally and emotionally healthy children,” she said.