City Club’s research program enlists members in rigorous research and analysis to produce reports on the 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. City Club reports are frequently cited in state and local media.

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 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. 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 Governors Representative
  • Allison Tivnon, Board of Governors Representative
  • Kezia Wanner
  • Ari Wubbold
  • Kyle Thomas
  • Garrett Stephenson
  • Liza Morehead
  • Alyson Kraus
  • Eric Fruits
  • Glenn Fee
  • Abby Coppock
  • Gabriela Bermudez


Current Research

City Government & Equity

Substance Use Disorder in Oregon

Recently Completed Research

Earthquake Resiliency

2016 Ballot Measures

Housing Affordability