Contact: Andy Shaw, Government Affairs Director
Address: Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland 97232-2736
President Lynn Peterson 2022; Dist. 1 Shirley Craddick 2022; Dist. 2 Christine Lewis 2022; Dist. 3 Gerritt Rosenthal 2024; Dist. 4 Juan Carlos Gonzalez 2022; Dist. 5 Mary Nolan 2024; Dist. 6 Bob Stacey 2024; Auditor Brian Evans 2022
The council president and auditor are elected regionally. The remaining six councilors are elected by district. All serve four-year terms. The auditor reviews Metro’s operations.
Metro is a regional government responsible for managing issues that cross city and county lines and serving more than 1.6 million residents in the 24 cities and three counties in the Portland area. Metro’s core responsibilities include management of the region’s garbage, compost and recycling system; support of the economy through management of the Oregon Convention Center and Expo Center; preserving farm and forestland through regional planning and management of the region’s urban growth boundary; management of a regional affordable housing and supportive housing program; preservation of our environment through management of more than 18,000 acres of parks and natural areas; and management of some of the state’s top entertainment venues, including the Oregon Zoo and Portland’s Centers for the Arts.
An elected seven-member council oversees Metro, and its day-to-day affairs are managed by a chief operating officer, who is appointed by the council.
The Portland region has been coming together to manage regional planning since the 1940s. In 1957, representatives from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties formed a Metropolitan Planning Commission to handle some research related to long-range planning. The Metropolitan Service District was formed in 1970, and voters gave it expanded powers in 1979.
In 1990, voters in the Portland region granted Metro home rule power. The current Metro charter and system of governance was approved in 2002.