October Updates to Public Service Training
Program speakers included Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, Rep. Rob Nosse, Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez and many more
By Hilary Patterson, Director, Leadership Programs
We were excited to host our largest Public Service Training class ever at the Portland Business Alliance, for their first day of programming earlier this month.
In this first class session, John Tapogna of ECONorthwest, gave an economic overview of the region, and fielded in-depth questions from participants, particularly around areas of inequities like housing affordability and how Portland compares to other major cities.
The 24 member-class was then treated to a warm welcome from Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, majority leader of the Oregon House of Representatives. Rep. Smith Warner led the group in a shared exercise remembering their first political memories.
The personal connection continued, with a panel of three elected officials, Rep. Barbara Smith Warren, Rep. Rob Nosse, and Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez, describing their respective journeys, and why they chose to run for public office. The group was then joined by two leaders who have been appointed to boards, Travis Stovall, member of the TriMet Board of Directors, and Mari Watanabe, Executive Director of Partners in Diversity, who served as Chair of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. The panelists described advocacy success stories they were a part of in the region and throughout the state, including Mari’s work with the Portland Business Alliance on Senate Bill 855 that was passed during the 2019 Legislative Session and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown earlier this year.
The next Public Service Training session will include an introduction to campaigns as well as an inside look at budgets, revenue forecasting, and transparency. Each training includes educational opportunities designed to help participants understand and learn more about what it means to run for office and be involved in elected leadership throughout our region.
About Public Service Training
Public Service Training is a program for emerging community leaders who have a desire to run for public office, or serve on government boards and commissions. During the uniquely designed program, participants build a network with established community leaders and strategic thinkers, and get an inside look into the experience needed for public service. At the end of the program, participants have developed the skills needed to successfully serve their community.