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Merril Keane is an active City Club member, and she most recently served as chair of last year's Advocacy Board. Portland Business Journal highlighted her in their section People on the Move. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Society of Portland. Founded in 1902 (14 years before City Club), the Audubon Society promotes the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, and other wildlife and their habitats. By day she is a business and tax attorney at Miller Nash.

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Civic Scholars

We officially launched our Civic Scholars program at the State of the City with Mayor Charlie Hales. The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for high school students to more deeply engage in Portland’s civic issues, bringing civic education out of the classroom and into the community. Civic Scholars attend Friday Forums, have a private Q&A with our panelists, and sit with Civic Scholar Ambassadors—City Club members who are civically involved in our community.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Comcast Internet Essentials, The Collins Foundation, and the Multnomah Bar Foundation. And in partnership with The Classroom Law Project, SUN Community Schools, AmeriCorps VISTA, David Douglas, Jefferson, Madison, Parkrose, and Roosevelt High School. Click here for more information about the program, apply to be a Civic Scholar or Civic Ambassador.

News to Know

Economist: Minimum wage hike not a cure-all. By Peter Wong, Portland Business Journal

Housing initiatives a step toward ‘righting the ship’. By Street Roots Editorial Board, Street Roots

Hales promises infill, wage, and police reforms. By Jim Redden, Portland Business Journal 

Listen Watch - Anywhere Anytime

Our weekly programs are a great way to stay informed and up-to-date on issues facing Oregonians. If you miss a Friday Forum at the Sentinel Hotel, you can tune in and listen to Oregon Public Broadcasting every Friday at 7pm, or watch on Portland Community Media and YouTube. City Club members can log in to their accounts and livestream Friday Forums each week! Everyone can browse our Friday Forum library.




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