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Registration for Conference Sessions Now Open

Closes Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST.

Registration for the NWPEDC is not open to the public and is available for our sponsoring organizations, or any outside public agencies who have made special arrangements to attend.

Look for your organization’s internal announcement for more information and instructions. For questions, please contact the appropriate planning committee member as follows:

Multnomah County – Victoria Cross:

Clackamas County – Emmett Wheatfall:

City of Portland – Diane Avery:

Portland Development Commission – Wendy Wilcox:

Washington County – Barb Ewart:

Metro – Nyla Moore:

Clark County – Marian Croteau:

Portland Public Schools – Bonnie Gray:

Department of Environmental Quality – Susan Korn:

Home Forward – Aidan Gronauer:

Port of Portland – Dorothy Clingman:

TriMet – Monika Johnson:

City of Hillsboro – Tami Cockeram:

Oregon Health Authority – Leann Johnson:

City of Gresham – Amber Autry:

City of Tigard – Brandi Leos:

Oregon Department of Transportation – Sherrin Coleman:

City of Beaverton – Susan Dixon:

Portland State University – Sara Saltzberg:

City of Lake Oswego – Megan Phelan:

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District – Kylie Bayer-Fertterer:

All Other – Carolyn Lee:


Beyond Inclusion: Partnerships that Change the Culture of Public Service

Session Description

If you cannot identify with people or a problem, then it’s difficult for you to create policy that can solve it. – Tennessee Rep. Raumesh A. Akbari, District 91

Envisioning an inclusive public engagement and decision-making process asks that we set a new expectation for what community partnerships look like. It starts with a public service culture committed to listening deeply to the people it serves.

It requires a responsiveness and openness to the difficult conversations that emerge from authentic engagement between public agencies and communities. The desired outcome is decisions that better reflect the cultural diversity of the region.

Workshop participants will hear from and engage with community partners, Metro staff from three public engagement efforts and a Metro councilor. Together, workshop participants and facilitators will explore the opportunities, challenges and difficult conversations that push public agency culture change. The workshop program will be framed around the following objectives in Metro’s equity strategy:

  • Establish and strengthen relationships with communities of color

Discover how Centro Cultural de Washington County in Cornelius is helping Metro connect with community members to plan for a future nature park at Chehalem Ridge.

  • Increase accountability by ensuring community involvement in the evaluation and implementation efforts Learn how Metro’s 2018 Regional Transportation Plan update is bringing community leaders to the decision-making table with elected leaders of the region to help create a vision for the transportation system of the future.
  • Increase participation of communities of color in Metro’s decision making

Hear directly from young social justice leaders of Momentum Alliance’s Student Alliance Project and Leveraging Momentum Youth Education Advocates (YEA!) about how their active participation in the development of Metro’s equity strategy helped shape the final plan adopted by the Metro Council in June 2016.

Beyond inclusion: Partnerships that change the culture of public service moves the conversation from planning for inclusion to implementing collaborative and co-created engagement activities that bring voices from communities of color into the decision-making process in authentic and impactful ways. Connecting community to policymakers through shared experiences, problem-solving and opportunities to envision the future of the region together builds the trust and resilient relationships needed in these transformational times.

Participants attending this workshop will learn:

  • Three things every public agency can do to more effectively engage with communities of color – as related by Metro community partners
  • How community partners from each project measure inclusive and meaningful public engagement
  • What community engagement experiences most impact decision-makers and why

Come prepared!

  • Community and staff presenters will be seated with workshop participants in theater-in-the- round format and use an open space to promote access, conversation and connections between presenters and participants.
  • Participants are invited to bring examples of engagement activity and presenters offer suggestions for making activity inclusive and meaningful for their organization or community.
  • Participants are invited to place an inclusion challenge in a fishbowl to be drawn by presenters who facilitate a crowd-sourced solution.

About the Presenter(s)

Coming soon.




Volunteer Registration is Closed


Volunteer registration opens Thursday, September 1, 2016 and closes Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST or until full.

Thank you for choosing to be a volunteer at this year’s conference.  Please note a majority of volunteer positions will be needed for the full day of the conference.  It is critical that you verify with your superior your availability to serve this day.  It is extremely difficult to replace a volunteer assignment due to a volunteer withdrawing once the position has been filled.

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s conference, please complete the volunteer registration form.

Please note that you will not be registered as a volunteer until you submit the form. Volunteer positions are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If all positions are filled, there is a waiting list available. If you have any questions regarding volunteering at the conference, please contact Nina Jones at Multnomah County at



6:30 am – 1:00 pm Pre-Conference (Registration)
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Opening Announcements
8:15 am – 8:30 am Ted Talk
8:45 am – 9:30 am Coffee with Elected Officials
10:00 am – 12:00 pm General Sessions Period 1 and Executive Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Service with Award and Keynote Speaker
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Network w/ Dessert
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm General Sessions Period 2


General Assistance: Provide a wide range of volunteer assistance before, during, and after the conference, including filling in for missing volunteers. Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Meet and Greet: Greet conference goers as they enter the Oregon Convention Center, assist with directing individuals to registration tables, meeting rooms, restrooms, etc. M&G volunteers must be available for entire “Pre Conference preparation” period from 6:30am 8:45am.

Registration: Arrive early (6:30am) to set up the registration tables and organize conference packets and bags. As conference goers arrive, the Registration volunteers sign people in and hand them their folders. Registration volunteers must be available for entire “Pre Conference preparation” period.

Workshop Room Monitor: Arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop to help with set-up, let participants into the room, and prevent the room from filling above capacity. Additionally, Room Monitors may be asked to introduce the presenters using the provided biographical information. New to the conference this year is the participants’ ability to register for their workshops and Room Monitors will be checking names at the door.  Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Room Technician: Ensures that rooms are equipped according to the preferences of the presenters (with pens, paper, flip charts, etc.). These volunteers will be responsible for transitions between sessions according to the supply list provided to them. Can volunteer for AM, PM, or both.

Lunch Volunteer: Will be ushering conference-goers into the Portland Ballroom, with the goal of filling up the front tables before the back.



Q: When will I be notified that I am a volunteer?

A: You will receive an email confirmation when you have completed the online volunteer registration form. You will be notified by our Volunteer Coordinator once you are assigned as a volunteer.

Q: Will I be notified if I have not been selected as a volunteer.

A: Yes, you will be notified by our Volunteer Coordinator if you have been waitlisted.

Q: Do I have to register for the general conference if I am a volunteer?

A: No. Once you are a confirmed volunteer, you do not have to register for the general conference (opening Monday, September 19, 2016). If you are on the wait list, at this time it would be best to register for the general conference if you wish to attend.

Q: During my volunteer off hours at the conference, may I attend workshops?

A: Volunteers have a complimentary pass to the conference luncheon and keynote address, as well as access to the full day of activities at the conference when you are off duty. Although volunteers do not register for workshops, they are allowed if room permits.


About Scott Winn

Scott Winn is a faculty member at the University of Washington, School of Social Work where he teaches courses centered on the role of social workers as agents for social and economic change.  He is active with a variety of community groups including the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Western States Center. He is a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.  Scott supports institutions, organizations and movements in addressing racism, heterosexism, classism and other forms of oppression through trainings and strategic development.


About Caprice Hollins


Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA.  She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience researching, studying, and working with ethnically diverse populations.   Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools.  Dr. Hollins is currently an Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  She works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins.  Together they have two children, and she has three adult step children and two grandchildren.


About Glenn Harris

Glenn HarrisGlenn Harris has been working on issues of race and social justice for over twenty years He has worked with community groups, foundations, and government agencies dedicated to building a more democratic, and racially equitable society. He is currently the President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national strategy organization that works to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. CSI develops policy strategies, develops leaders on the ground, and researches how to normalize and reframe conversation on race to promote a more inclusive democracy.

Previously, Glenn worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative is to end institutionalized racism in City government and promote multiculturalism and full participation by all residents. Glenn has supported the start of similar initiatives in jurisdictions across the country, and helped to found the regional Governing for Racial Equity Network.

Glenn’s work in the City of Seattle also included the establishment of the Seattle Office of the Community Police Commission and five years as the Southeast District Coordinator for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Glenn came to City government after five years with Western States Center, an intermediary that provides technical assistance and training to organizations working to achieve social change in an eight-state region. Glenn was also the Interim-Director at the MRG Foundation in Portland Oregon, and currently is a board member of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and Willamette Valley Law Project, an Oregon based non-profit supporting farmworker rights.


Responding to Microaggressions

Session Description

What are racial microaggressions? How do you spot them? Most importantly, how can you interrupt them in constructive ways that avoid blame, shame, and guilt? This session will use engaging activities to explore what microaggressions are and why they are so harmful, and introduce the key skill of separating impact and intent.

Attendees will walk away with:

– A definition of microaggressions.
– Understanding of the difference between a person’s intent and the impact it may have on someone else.
– Greater skill and comfort with possible responses; by practicing with our scenarios or your own.

About the Presenter(s)

Theresa Logan is Facilitation Program Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She provides case management and facilitation services to contract and fee for service cases, by conducting intake and case development interviews, analyzing potential interpersonal, organizational and systemic sources of conflict, identifying the central purpose and objectives for each meeting, designing interactive and engaging processes with agendas tailored to the needs and goals of the group. Theresa supervises a pool of 20+ volunteer and contract facilitators. She also designs and delivers a training and mentoring program for volunteer facilitators. In addition, Theresa co-develops and presents facilitation, equity and basic conflict resolution training curricula.




Intersections: Microaggressions, Race, and LGBTQ Identity

Session Description

Barbara Diamond presents a training that illuminates how well-meaning people perpetuate inequity and highlights avenues for change. This film-based training covers the concept of microaggressions, unintentional slights against minority groups that reflect and maintain larger systems of power. Participants will view Barbara’s engaging documentaries Reveal Moments and What Are You?, which feature employees in the Pacific Northwest who are people of color and LGBTQ. Through group activities and facilitated discussion, participants will learn about microaggressions against people of color and LGBTQ people, as well as the relationships between racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Participants will emerge from the training with a comprehensive understanding of inequality and overlapping minority identities.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Diamond is a graduate of NYU Law School. She has practiced labor and employment law in Oregon for over 30 years. In addition to her law practice, Barbara is a diversity and inclusion consultant and trainer, focusing on Implicit Bias. She has presented on implicit bias/microaggression theory in conferences sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Labor Conference, the Teaching with Purpose Conference, and for private organizations and universities.

Marina Moro is an intern for Diamond Law, where she conducts outreach, develops curriculum, and presents trainings. In the past, Marina has worked for Laborers’ Local 483 and the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, where she created programming on racial and LGBTQ justice. Marina hails from Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world.




Creating Equity Through an Untapped Workforce

Session Description

State and local governments are hiring again, but often they are having difficulty finding and retaining the right people. This is compounded by increased retirements and constrained budgets. Instead of viewing this as a problem, it may actually be an opportunity to include a largely untapped workforce that is eager to work and can fill some of the employment needs in government departments. Inclusion builds a strong and creative workforce. For many years businesses and some jurisdictions have found that the performance of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities or other significant disabilities is consistently equal or better than coworkers without disabilities. As such this makes hiring people with intellectual/developmental disabilities a cost effective way to build an inclusive workforce. Perhaps for this reason, it is reported that millennials are more attracted to workplaces which are diverse and inclusive.

This panel of public administrators and managers will describe their experience with hiring people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. They can identify the opportunities and benefits associated with developing an inclusive workforce through this innovative hiring and the assistance they receive through supported employment agencies. Individuals with I/DD are an asset to employers, not a risk.

About the Presenter(s)

Harold Rains – Finance Manager, Clark County Department of Community Services.

Dave Miletich – Assistant Director for the City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation.

Peter Capell, P.E. – City Administrator for the City of Camas.

Mark McCauley – Clark County Manager.

Cesilee Coulson – Executive Director, Washington Initiative for Support Employment




Working Across Generations and Cultures

Session Description

Individuals from each generation and culture bring with them different and unique cultural backgrounds, experiences, preferences, perceptions, values and beliefs that influence their working style, conflict and communication styles, attitudes and behavior. A better understanding about each generation’s influences and cultural values will allow employees and managers to develop unique strategies that increase motivation, improve performance, retention and improve customer service and teamwork.

Join us for this unique two-hour workshop, which combines both age and culture in one highly interactive, discussion filled interesting workshop.

About the Presenter(s)

TsaiComms was founded in 2002 by Lillian A. Tsai, a former global high-tech marketing and communications director with work experience in Asia, Europe and North America. TsaiComms’ mission is to bridge the cultural diversity gap through training/facilitation, community outreach, coaching, consulting, onboarding, and strategic partnerships. Ms. Tsai’s personal vision is to pay it forward as a consultant, mentor and coach to organizations and individuals wishing to improve their cross-cultural communications and leadership skills. She is a sought-after speaker on topics related to cross-cultural competency, diversity and inclusion and on the Chinese, Malaysian and Asian-American cultures