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Community Advisory Group (CAG)

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is representative of community members with balanced membership from both Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. The community advisory group will provide input and feedback on the Interstate Bridge Replacement program. The CAG is developing recommendations to help ensure the program outcomes reflect community needs, issues and concerns. CAG members and the program team engage in ongoing community dialogue with a commitment to meaningful, two-way feedback. Two co-chairs, one representing each state, lead the group’s diverse and inclusive membership.

Lynn Valenter, Co-Chair

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  • Vice President of Finance at Reed College
  • MBA from Washington State University and BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University
  • Board service includes Camas Civil Service, Greater Portland Inc., and the Columbia River Economic Development Council
  • Honored with an Iris Award from Clark College, which celebrates women’s outstanding contributions to the community

Ed Washington, Co-Chair

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  • Director of Outreach & Community Engagement in Global Diversity & Inclusion for Portland State University
  • BS from Portland State University
  • As a boy, moved to Vanport, Oregon and lost his home and possessions in the 1948 flood 
  • Civil rights leader with a distinguished history of public service, activism and advocacy 
  • First African-American elected to the Metro Council, where he served from 1991-2001 

Meetings & Materials

The CAG is expected to initially meet monthly for two to three hours. The first CAG meeting was held in January 2021.

To follow the states’ social distancing guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19, all CAG meetings will be hosted virtually, using Zoom, until further notice. Meetings will also be livestreamed on YouTube and offer a call-in option for participants without internet access.

Meeting materials will be posted in advance of each meeting at the links below.

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

To request an accommodation, such as materials in alternate formats, please email info@interstatebridge.org or call 360-859-0494 (Washington), 503-897-9218 (Oregon), 888-503-6735 (toll-free) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Members

  • Michelle Brewer, Vice President – Human Resources + Facilities, Zoominfo  - Columbia River Economic Development Council
  • Sheri Call, Executive Vice President - Washington Trucking Association
  • Robert Camarillo - Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Victor Caesar - Public Transit Representative, Oregon 
  • Randali Desantos-Benromdhane – Community member
  • Dr. Karin Edwards, President - Clark College
  • Thomas W. Gentry – Community member
  • Sarah Hall – Community member
  • Tom Hickey - Bridgeton Neighborhood Association
  • Andrew Hoan, President/CEO - Portland Business Alliance
  • Dena Horton, Governmental Relations Manager - Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • Whitney Mosback, Tribal Council Representative — Cowlitz Indian Tribe
  • Jana Jarvis, President / CEO - Oregon Trucking Association
  • Michael Kelly, Director of Transportation - Human Services Council
  • Sam Kim – Community member
  • Michael Martin-Tellis - Vancouver Neighborhood Association/Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance
  • Marcus Mundy, Executive Director - Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Javier Navarro, Owner, State Farm Insurance - League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Diana Nunez, Executive Director - Oregon Environmental Council
  • Kevin Perkey, Chief Executive Officer - Workforce Southwest Washington
  • Irina Phillips – Community member
  • Bill Prows, Director of Business Development / Events - Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
  • Robin Jay Richardson – Community member
  • Mark Riker, Executive Secretary - Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Ashton Simpson, Executive Director - Oregon Walks
  • Jeffrey Temple, Director of Corporate Affairs - Fred Meyer
  • Jasmine Tolbert, President – Vancouver NAACP
  • Ryan Webb, Project Manager – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Martha Wiley - Public transit representative WA
  • Mikaela Williams – Community member
  • Julie Doumbia – Community member
  • TBD - Native American Youth and Family Center

     

 

Details about the member appointment and application process

Provide Input

Public input is welcomed for each CAG meeting and can be shared via email, phone or online during the meeting:

Written or verbal comments received at least 48 hours prior to a meeting will be provided to committee members in advance of meeting. Comments received prior to and during the meeting will be posted to the meeting page.

COVID-19

Once health guidelines no longer require virtual meetings, in-person meetings will be held in the Portland-Vancouver metro area and will rotate between states. All meetings will be open to the public and will include an opportunity for public input.

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