A headshot of Cathy, a white woman with brown hair. Cathy is standing outdoors in front of a fence, smiling and wearing a green button up shirt with a gold necklace.

Cathy Sherick

Policy and Training Coordinator
Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement
Contact us!

Most recently leading a non-profit arts organization, Cathy joins Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement with an undergraduate degree in education and a graduate degree in public administration. Working in many varied and diverse capacities she has most enjoyed creating innovative and engaging learning opportunities, activities and services that bring people together. Teaching kindergarten, elementary special education and at Portland Community College has grounded her work in equity, access and having fun. Working in Parks and Recreation programs, Human Services and Workforce development required extensive community engagement efforts. While often challenging, hosting night meetings, Saturday outreach booths at the fair and task force committees have been the most deeply rewarding aspect of her work.

A master partnership and program developer, Cathy has produced large events like the Salmon Festival and the Clark College Food Summit, marketing and promotional efforts that spanned award winning Metro Minute videos to newspaper inserts. Designing drug and alcohol prevention courses, government communications curricula, even coordinating Native American art installations like the Nichaqwli monument at Blue Lake, have added depth and meaning to a career spent facilitating, leading, coaching and believing in community.

Cathy’s story actually began in Spokane and unfolded in Portland where she attended school and met her husband. The Hazelwood neighborhood is home to her two sons who attended David Douglas, Eastern Oregon University (Go Mounties) and Oregon State University (Go Beavs). She has served on the boards of Human Solutions (Our Just Future), Metro East Learning Academy and currently serves East Metro Arts, Culture and Community, Women First and Mother and Child Education center. A devotee of the Oregon coast Cathy prefers the outdoors; hiking, camping and gardening (accidentally) or attending local festivals and events where she has been known to eat fried food and dance.