City Club September Forum: The Opportunity Gap & Community-Led Solutions  


(Photo | Courtesy of City Club of Central Oregon)

Oregon is experiencing widening socioeconomic disparities, and now, more than at any time in the past several generations, the circumstances into which a child is born largely determine the life he or she achieves. Community and local-led change is the backbone of transforming our state. Communities across Oregon, whether connected by geography or common experience, can tell stories about who they are and what they value. When these stories focus on strengths, assets and shared values, they harness the power of positive change to address complex challenges. This is especially important in rural communities, low-income communities and communities of color, which all play a pivotal role in designing sustainable solutions.

This forum will focus on highlighting the stories of local Central Oregon organizations and people who have organized to create solutions that work for and because of the communities in which they exist. They highlight how building relationships across diverse communities is a necessary underpinning for efforts to address opportunity gaps. The forum will also focus on mobilizing all of us to create or champion community-engaged solutions.


  • Max Williams, CEO and President Oregon Community Foundation
  • Christine Walker, Latinx Student Program Central Oregon Community College
  • Peggy Carey, Director of Strategies Initiatives, J Bar J Youth Services

Extended Q&A:

We will continue the conversation directly following the forum with an extended 30-minute Q&A with the speakers for those who wish to stay


Thursday, September 12, 11:15-11:45am Networking; 11:45am-1pm Program; 1-1:30pm Extended Q&A time


Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling River Court, Bend


$25 members, $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

To register visit or call 541-633-7163.  Registration closes at noon on Monday, September 9. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.


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