About the Community Involvement Committee

The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) serves as Multnomah County’s advisory body on community engagement and involvement.

The CIC plays a crucial role in bringing community voice into county decision-making. CIC members engage in an ongoing review of the County's community involvement policies and programs, bring community concerns to County leadership, and assist in facilitating communication between the County and the community.

Together, the committee makes recommendations directly to the Office of Community Involvement, county departments and the Board of County Commissioners about opportunities for community engagement and removing barriers to civic participation.

CIC members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The CIC meets every other month on the third Tuesday from 6-8pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently holding all CIC meetings virtually. 

For 2022-2023 fiscal year, the CIC is focusing on youth engagement and engagement on housing/homelessness.  These conversations are ongoing and the public is welcome to join the Committee at their meetings, or contact the Office for more information.

During the 2021-2022 cycle of work, the CIC focused on two priority areas– immigrant and refugee community engagement and community engagement around extreme weather events. Over the course of the year, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Engagement Subcommittee met with the Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners to learn more about current efforts to engage with and incorporate input from immigrants and refugees. Their letter supports current efforts to map out the different ways Multnomah County currently engages with and reaches out to immigrant and refugee communities. The recommendation letter also advises on ways the County can widen their reach and reduce barriers for immigrants and refugees to access programs and services. 

The Extreme Weather Subcommittee developed their set of recommendations after meeting with staff involved in the County’s hazard mitigation and emergency response efforts. The subcommittee focused on how the most vulnerable members of our community are reached, resourced and affected by extreme weather events. Their recommendations detail ways Multnomah County can utilize capacity between events to reach and adequately resource vulnerable community members before a severe weather event. 

You can find fiscal year 2022’s CIC recommendation letters linked below:

CIC Immigrant & Refugee Community Engagement Subcommittee Recommendation Letter 2022 (710.85 KB)

CIC Extreme Weather Subcommittee Recommendation Letter 2022 (727.43 KB)

You can view CIC recommendations and board briefings from prior years on our website

How to Apply

Apply to join the Community Involvement Committee by Friday, March 17th, at 11:59pm! 

Online: Community Involvement Committee Application 2023 (English and browser auto-translation)
Downloadable Applications to email, mail, or hand deliver: 

Additional languages and paper applications available upon request.

Additional information is located on the Apply for the CIC Page. Learn more about the application and preview the questions on the Frequently Asked Questions page.  

Information sessions are planned for: 

  • Monday, March 6th, 12:00-1:30pm on Zoom (Calendar
  • Thursday, March 9th, 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom (Calendar)

Please contact us one week before the meeting for interpretation and to arrange an information session at an alternate time. 

Community Involvement Committee vacancies are assessed and applications are accepted on an annual basis. You can sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter to stay connected with the Office of Community Involvement and to receive news on other opportunities to get involved with Multnomah County!


Want to know more? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on applying for the CIC.