Public Service Training

Public Service Training is designed for established and emerging leaders who have a desire to deepen their connection to our community through service on government boards and commissions or pursuit of elected office.   
Participants in this six-month program take part in engaging, interactive class sessions and have the opportunity to learn from business and community leaders including elected officials. 
 
Alliance membership is not required, and program participants are eligible for a membership discount.  
 
For questions, please contact:  
Hillary Patterson, Director, Leadership Programs, [email protected]

About the program

TIME COMMITMENT

Public Service Training consists of a series of six half-day class sessions hosted at the Portland Business Alliance office downtown. These meet on the following Friday mornings from October 2021 through March 2022. Participants should plan to join all six sessions. 

  • October 1 
  • November 5 
  • December 3 
  • January 7 
  • February 4 
  • March 4 

HOW TO JOIN

The application for the Public Service Training 2021-2022 cohort is now open.  The application consists of an online form with short essays, plus supplemental materials (resume and contact info for references).  

Please submit all materials by Friday, September 10.  

Contact Hillary Patterson if you have any questions about the application or review process, or if you need technical assistance. 
 
Program fee: $250.  
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a limited number of scholarships available each year. If the program fee is a barrier to your participation, reach out to Hillary Patterson to learn more.  Preference is given to members of underrepresented groups. 

Now accepting applications

To apply for the 2021-22 Public Service Training Program, candidates must submit an online application, resume, and references by Friday, September 10. 
We are especially committed to engaging a diverse group of participants. Members of historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 

Expanded skills in seeking appointment or election to public service bodies  

Exposure to a network of community leaders  

Interaction with experts in the policy, political and fundraising fields  

Increased awareness of how to promote economic growth and job creation through community service  

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS 

Expanded skills in seeking appointment or election to public service bodies 

Exposure to a network of community leaders 

Interaction with experts in the policy, political and fundraising fields 

Increased awareness of how to promote economic growth and job creation through community service 

PROGRAM TOPICS 

Portland economic and political landscape  

Public policy issues and analysis  

Leadership and decision-making skills  

Media training  

Campaigns, fundraising and strategy  

Opportunities to serve our region, and how to get involved  

SPEAKERS FROM 2020-2021 CLASS SESSIONS INCLUDED: 

Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County   

Commissioner Carmen Rubio, City of Portland  

Commissioner Mingus Mapps, City of Portland  

Commissioner Nafisa Fai, Washington County  

Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner  

Representative Rob Nosse  

Representative Janell Bynum  

See Eun Kim, Office of Governor Kate Brown  

Amy Ruiz, Strategies 360  

Paige Richardson, Springwater Partners  

Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity  

Chris Warner, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation  

Therese Bottomly, Editor, The Oregonian/Oregonlive  

John Tapogna, ECONorthwest  

John Horvick, DHM Research 

Kari Chisholm, Mandate Media