PSA Seeking 2017 Volunteers

This committee promotes PSA’s mission of sustainable, responsible and creative growth for Portland. Committee representatives testify regularly at City of Portland board and committee meetings and lobby for policies affecting urban planning and architectural design. This year, Advocacy’s goals include:

• Create a filter for issues to engage PSA that have a substantial impact on urban design and livability.
• Create a running list of the top issues for 2017.
• Provide timely expert written and oral testimony for the top issues that come before the city in the coming year.
• Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships with top policy makers and community leaders in Portland.
• Partner with City and other allied organizations on the rewrite of the land use code.
• Participate in development of IDPs for the major institutions.
Contact Addy Smith Reiman for details:


Community Engagement
This group will choose Portland neighborhoods to focus on in 2017. They will facilitate conversations with the public and educate citizens about half-mile neighborhoods (possibly in collaboration with other allied organizations). They will host three design charrettes throughout the summer, attracting 50-75 people to each event. The product of the charrettes will generate a Half-Mile Neighborhood Concept Plan that includes 2D and 3D graphic information as well as a narrative describing goals to be achieved in the next ten years. The work of the 2016 Visioning Growth charrettes was included in the publication, Growing Portland: The Case for Growth – Not Whether but How. The Community Engagement group plans to create a document summarizing the results of the 2017 charrette work.
Contact Alyssa Phanitdasack for more details:


PSA Signature Event
This group is responsible for planning the largest event in the PSA calendar. The program is scheduled for fall (usually October). In presenting this program, PSA has collaborated with the USM Muskie School of Public Service, University of New England, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Creative Portland. This year’s focus will continue the focus on the issues related to the impact of growth in Greater Portland and the ways in which Portland would benefit from responsible urban planning. The findings of the Community Engagement committee work will inform the selection of an expert in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning to address Portland’s unique challenges. Alex Krieger’s 2016 lecture at Portland High School attracted 260 Portland citizens.
Contact Sasha Salzberg for details.:


Social Committee
This group spearheads the creation and execution of two informational and networking social events in spring and fall. The committee is responsible for scheduling the events, finding a locale, confirming agendas and speakers, catering, and promotion of the events.
Contact Cathy Streifel: cstreifel@thorntontomasetti for more details.


Brown Bag Tours
This group plans lunchtime tours of three local projects in June, July, and August. The committee is responsible for booking the projects, coordinating the project team to lead the tours, and promotion of the events.
Contact Nate Merrill for more details: nathan@beckerstructural .com


Drink n’ Crit
This group plans one event for August 2017 in connection with the Community Engagement charrette initiative. The Half-Mile Neighborhood Concept Plan created by the community charrettes will be the focus of this event at SPACE Gallery. The group will coordinate with SPACE to book the venue. Additional responsibilities include juror selection, event marketing, and installation of images. Contact Alyssa Keating for more details.


Annual Appeal
This group is responsible for the determining the format and messaging of the Annual Appeal mailing. In addition, the group hosts sponsor feedback receptions throughout the summer and early fall. With assistance from the PSA Board of Directors, the 2017 Annual Appeal is scheduled for mailing following the Signature Event in the fall.
Contact Lynn Shaffer for more details: