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Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office: Agency Subdivisions

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Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204; Mail: 1819 SW 5th Ave., #313, Portland 97201
Phone: 503-302-9725
Fax: 503-473-8519
Email: OACO.mail@oregon.gov
Web: http://www.oregon.gov/OCAPIA/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Stephen Ying, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.610-185.625


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA) was established in 1995 and, originally, had trade and economic development focus. The 1999 Legislature amended the commission’s function to place a greater emphasis on advocacy.


The goal of OCAPIA is to facilitate communication and dissemination of information between state government and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. This not only benefits Oregon’s Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, but also provides the state with information on how to best provide services to all its citizens. Volunteers who are already leaders in their communities aid the commission with their knowledge and relationships.


The commission is composed of 11 members, nine of whom are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms. The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House each appoint a member to serve a two-year term. The commission strives for ethnic, as well as geographic, diversity in its appointments.

Commission on Black Affairs
Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204; Mail: 1819 SW 5th Ave., #313, Portland 97201
Phone: 503-302-9725
Fax: 503-473-8519
Web: http://www.oregon.gov/OCBA/Pages/index.aspx
Email: OACO.mail@oregon.gov
Contact: James I. Manning, Jr., Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.410-185.430


Duties and Responsibilities: The Commission on Black Affairs works for the implementation of economic, social, legal and political equality for Oregon’s African-American and Black populations.


The commission is authorized by law to monitor existing programs and legislation designed to meet the needs of the African-American and Black community, identify and research concerns and issues affecting the community in order to recommend actions and programs to the governor and the Legislature, act as a liaison between the commu­nity and Oregon’s government, encourage African-American and Black representation on state boards and commissions, and establish special committees as needed.


The commission is composed of 11 members, nine of whom are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms. The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House each appoint a member to serve a two-year term. The commission strives for ethnic, as well as geographic, diversity in its appointments.


Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204; Mail: 1819 SW 5th Ave., #313, Portland 97201
Phone: 503-302-9725
Fax: 503-473-8519
Email: OACO.mail@oregon.gov
Web: http://www.oregon.gov/Hispanic/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Alberto Moreno, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.310-185.330


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA) was created by the 1983 Legislature to work for economic, social, legal and political equality for Hispanics in Oregon. The commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics are met. The commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities, and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions.


In addition, the commission focuses on and responds to the wider statewide context of equity and social well-being, identifies and seeks solutions to disparities in services and programs for the ethnically diverse Hispanic/Latino/Indigenous community, and encourages good public policy development. In networking numerous Hispanic community, civic, cultural/ethnic and professional organizations, OCHA also promotes civic engagement, economic development and ongoing mentoring for the next generation of leaders.


The commission is composed of 11 members, nine of whom are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms. The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House each appoint a member to serve a two-year term. The commission strives for ethnic, as well as geographic, diversity in its appointments.

 

Commission for Women
Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204; Mail: 1819 SW 5th Ave., #313, Portland 97201
Phone: 503-302-9725
Fax: 503-473-8519
Email: OACO.mail@oregon.gov
Web: http://www.oregon.gov/Women/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Stephanie Vardavas, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.510–185.560


Duties and Responsibilities: In 1964, Governor Mark Hatfield established the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women to advise him of the needs and concerns of Oregon women. In 1983, the commission gained independent status as the Commission for Women, with a directive to strive for women’s equality through the implementation of beneficial programs and policies. The commission continues this work by advocating for women in the community, providing information on women to the governor and Legislature, serving as a link for women to state agencies and providing services to individual women in Oregon.


The commission is composed of 11 members, nine of whom are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms. The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House each appoint a member to serve a two-year term. The commission strives for ethnic, as well as geographic, diversity in its appointments. It also presents awards annually to honor Oregon’s outstanding women.

 

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