Public Service Training

Our Public Service Training is designed for established and emerging community leaders who have a desire to serve on government boards and commissions or run for public office. 

Participants of this six-month program will have the opportunity to meet business and community leaders. By the end, they will have the background needed to effectively serve on appointed committees and, if interested, to run for elective office.

Alliance membership is not required and program participants are eligible for a 20% membership discount. 

For questions, please contact: 
Hillary Patterson, Director, Leadership Programs, 503-552-6741

About the program


Program days are held from 8 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month from October through March. 


New this year, is a program fee of $100, which will help cover the cost of breakfast and program materials.


  • Provide tools and knowledge that will help business leaders to be effective in their volunteer public service
  • Prepare business leaders interested in running for public office
  • Ensure that the business community is well represented on a wide range of policy-making public bodies


  • 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


  • Portland economic and political landscape
  • Public policy issues and analysis
  • Leadership and decision-making skills
  • Media training
  • Campaigns, fundraising and strategy


  • Councilor Juan Carlos González, Metro Council
  • Auditor Mary Hull Caballero, City of Portland
  • John Tapogna, ECONorthwest
  • Travis Stovall, TriMet Board of Directors
  • Mazen Malik, State of Oregon Legislative Revenue
  • Kimberly Branam, Prosper Portland
  • Nik Blosser, Governor Kate Brown
  • John Horvick, DHM Research
  • Rebecca Tweed, Political Consultant
  • Paige Richardson, Springwater Partners