Affordable Housing


City Club’s research program enlists members in rigorous research and analysis to produce unbiased reports on the most complex issues facing our city, region and state.

Volunteering for a research committee is a serious commitment of time and energy, but the rewards are great. Committee members interact with key stakeholders and decision-makers, gain a deeper understanding of regional affairs and influence public policy.

Since 1920, City Club members have prepared over 1000 reports on a wide variety of topics including land-use planning, health care, education, environment, government, transportation, taxation and more. Ballot measure reports provide useful guidance for voters. Comprehensive reports serve as a resource for community leaders and citizens developing or evaluating policy initiatives, and are frequently cited in state and local media.

After a careful screening process to avoid conflicts of interest, a committee of City Club members conducts research and drafts a report. Following a debate, City Club members determine by vote whether the committee’s recommendations become official policy positions of the Club.

City Club members also participate in follow-up advocacy work that serves as a powerful force for civic change.


Research Board

The Research Board provides oversight and support for the Club's numerous comprehensive and ballot measure study committees. Research Board members identify study topics, develop study charges, serve as advisors to various study committees, and review and approve draft reports. Membership on the Research Board requires prior service on a City Club comprehensive or ballot measure study committee. City Club also regularly issues calls to its members to join one of the many comprehensive and ballot measure study committees launched each year.

Anneliese Davis, Chair  
Mary Macpherson, Board of Governor’s Representative  
Abby Coppock  
Eric Fruits  
Liza Morehead  
Garrett Stephenson  
Carl Von Rohr (Emeritus)
Kezia Wanner  
Ari Wubbold  
Allison Tivnon, Board of Governors Representative  
Ballot Measures Research

City Club of Portland member volunteers researched five ballot measures and one initiative petition in advance of the Nov. 8, 2016 general election.

Media Coverage

The Oregonian/Oregon Live:
City Club of Portland report suggests support for $3 billion corporate tax measure.

The Portland Mercury/Blogtown: Confused About the Proposed Corporate Tax Hike Everyone's Talking About? Check Out This Report.
Propose a Study Topic

Ideas for City Club study topics come from City Club members and the general public and are vetted by the Club’s Research Board and Board of Governors. Click here to propose a study topic.


Conflict of Interest Policy

It is the policy of the City Club of Portland that donations are accepted without regard to any funder’s opinion on the selection of research and event topics or speakers and the editorial content and methodology of research, advocacy or events. Conflict of Interest Policy.

Topic and Speaker Selection, and Editoral Policy

Topic and speaker slection, and editoral policy.