Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office: Agency Subdivisions

Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204
Phone: 503-302-9725
Contact: Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.610-185.625

uties and Responsibilities: The commission was established in 1995 and originally had a trade and economic development focus. The 1999 Legislature amended the commission’s functions to place a greater emphasis on advocacy, policy research and leadership development.

The goal of the commission is to facilitate communication and dissemination of information between state government and Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Commission on Black Affairs

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204
Phone: 503-302-9725
Contact: Jamal T. Fox, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.410-185.430

Duties and Responsibilities: The commission works for the implementation of economic, social, legal and political equality for Oregon’s African American and Black populations.

The commission is authorized by law to monitor existing programs and legislation designed to meet the needs of the African American and Black community, identify and research concerns and issues affecting the community in order to recommend actions and programs to the governor and the Legislature, act as a liaison between the com­munity and Oregon’s government, encourage African American and Black representation on state boards and commissions, and establish special committees as needed.

Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204
Phone: 503-302-9725
Contact: Irma Linda Castillo, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.310-185.330

Duties and Responsibilities: The commission was created by the 1983 Legislature to work for economic, social, legal and political equality for 
Hispanics in Oregon. The commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics are met. The commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions.

In addition, the commission focuses on and responds to the wider statewide context of equity and social well-being, identifies and seeks solutions to disparities in services and programs for the ethnically diverse Hispanic/Latino/Indigenous community, and encourages good public policy development. In networking with numerous Hispanic community, civic, cultural/ethnic and professional organizations, OCHA also promotes civic engagement, economic development and ongoing mentoring for the next generation of leaders.

Commission for Women

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 770, Portland 97204
Phone: 503-302-9725
Contact: Dr. Barbara Spencer, Chair 
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.510–185.560

Duties and Responsibilities: In 1964, Governor Mark Hatfield established the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women to advise him of the needs and concerns of Oregon women. In 1983, the commission gained independent status as the Oregon Commission for Women, with a directive to strive for women’s equality through the implementation of beneficial programs and policies. Today, the commission advocates for women in the community, provides information on women’s issues to the governor and Legislature, serves as a link for women to state agencies and provides services to individual women in Oregon.

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