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Code Change Updates

Lisa, Jennifer, and Taji sharing stories at Multilingual Community Connections event
Image from Multilingual Community Connections event. Photography by Justin Katigbak for Civic Life

Community Feedback Survey

For all of you who were able to attend last week's Multilingual Community Connections event, thank you for taking the time and effort to join us. We heard from many that they enjoyed the stories shared by community members, as well as spending time in the company of many who hold a commitment to supporting the future of civic involvement in Portland.
Your continued participation will help develop code language that will guide the Office of Community & Civic Life’s work. Please consider taking 5 minutes to share your feedback on the initial language for an updated city code, and then sharing the survey with more Portlanders:

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To read the current City Code Chapter 3.96, please find it available here.
What’s Next? Committee 3.96 will utilize your feedback to write a draft for an updated city code. Please look forward to seeing a draft code in June and providing your feedback through online and in person engagement opportunities.
Thank you again for joining us on this journey. Visit for more information on the project.

Ali and Maggie talking at the Multilingual Community Connections event
Image from Multilingual Community Connections event. Photography by Justin Katigbak for Civic Life

Welcome, Lorraine and JR!

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Lorraine Wilson: Public Involvement Best Practices Management Analyst

Lorraine joined the City of Portland in 2016, and has held several positions, most recently Coordinate III – Equity & Inclusion at Parks & Recreation. Some highlights of her career include working with 8th – 11th graders at the University of Oregon Young Scholars summer program, which brings first-generation students on campus for a two-week campus experience. Her formal education is in Organizational Behavior/Leadership, Strategic Planning with a focus on equity.  She holds a BS in Business Management, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.  Lorraine is a fun-loving introvert who loves dancing and grieves when she misses Carnival.
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JR Lilly: East Portland Action Plan Advocate

JR was born in Fort Defiance, Ariz., as a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation; a part of the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into Water) Clan and born for the Tsenjikini (Cliff Dwelling People) Clan. A passion for serving the community is evident in many aspects of JR's life, most noticeably his community involvement with the Portland Native American Community. As part of a new generation that straddles a cultural chasm, JR leads efforts to further the conversation around defining the role of our generation for both Native and Non-Native communities. 
JR currently serves as the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA) where we has worked for 5 years.

Upcoming Job Postings

The Office of Community & Civic Life is excited to recruit for a number of key positions in the coming months.

Join us for the information sessions to learn more about recruitments at the bureau (dinner provided):

May 21st, 2019
East Portland Community Office
1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland OR 97220


Below is a preview of upcoming job postings.

  • Strategic Communications Officer (Recruitment opens May 13th)

  • Supervisor II, North and East Portland Coalition Offices (Recruitment opens May 20th)

  • Manager II, Strategy, Innovation and Performance (Recruitment opens May 20th)

  • Crime Prevention Coordinators  (Recruitment TBD)

Please also look for the following position openings later this year:

  • Supervisor I, Adapt to Impact 

  • Manager, Partnerships

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