Public Service Training Program

The Public Service Training Program is intended for established and emerging community leaders who have a desire to serve on government boards and commissions or run for public office. Participants will have the opportunity to meet business and community leaders. By the end of the program, participants will have the background needed to effectively serve on appointed committees and, if interested, to run for elective office. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated experience and/or an interest in advancing economic prosperity in the Portland region. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Willamette University.

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

For questions, please contact:
Jon Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs, 503-552-6746

About the program

Time commitment

Program days will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month from July through December. 

Program objectives

  • 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

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
  • Public presentation skills
  • Campaigns, fundraising and strategy

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