Council for Economic and Racial Equity

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Council for Economic and Racial Equity

Contact: John Cárdenas, Community Engagement Coordinator, 503-823-1353 or email

Prosper Portland is currently accepting applications for members of the Prosper Portland Council for Economic and Racial Equity (CERE) until Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. CERE is envisioned as a new group of individuals who have unique skills, experience, and expertise in the development and implementation of equitable economic development, which will advise and guide our agency in achieving our equity goals. Please feel free to forward this announcement to other community members you believe would substantially contribute to the CERE.

With the adoption of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan by the Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners on May 13, 2015, the agency committed to build an economy that works for everyone, especially for communities of color and communities that have not traditionally benefitted from economic opportunities. Prosper Portland’s Equity Policy plays a critical role, ensuring implementation and monitoring of agency wide equitable practices.

CERE Application (apply by September 15, 2017)

Roles and Responsibilities

Members will be entrusted to oversee the implementation and assess the progress of Prosper Portland’s Equity Policy. They will help to ensure racial and economic equity are the primary lenses used in Prosper Portland’s policies, programs, projects, and strategies to advance equitable outcomes. Initially, the major responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure the agency is accountable to its Equity Policy and to assess its progress in meeting its goals.
  • Provide oversight on public benefit agreement frameworks for the City of Portland’s Enterprise Zone Policy
  • Review and provide input on quarterly Prosper Portland outcomes and impact reporting
  • Identify potential partnerships and assist in making connections between Prosper Portland historically underserved populations (or communities).


Membership will be comprised of approximately 20 people with diverse backgrounds, experience or expertise relevant to delivering on equity initiatives and outcomes in community and economic development, including:

  • Culturally responsive service provision and policy making
  • Small business development
  • Diverse contracting and workforce
  • Public benefit agreements
  • Community leadership and engagement
  • Workforce development and hiring

Members of CERE will reflect Portland’s racial demographic makeup (i.e., diversity in ethnicity, age, gender, and geography).

Time Commitment

In its first year, the group will meet quarterly. Meetings are expected to be 1.5 – 2 hours in length. Members may also be asked to participate on ad hoc sub-committees to address specific initiatives and projects related to delivering on the Equity Policy.

Please note: If a member’s participation on CERE would cause financial burden for the organization they represent, Prosper Portland could provide financial support for participation.

For more information, please contact John Cárdenas, Community Engagement Coordinator at 503-823-1353 or