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Oregon’s Kitchen Table is a way to bring all Oregonians to the table. It is the creation of a group of non-partisan, non-profit community organizations dedicated to helping Oregonians have a voice - to share their ideas, opinions, beliefs, and resources in improving Oregon and our communities. 

Oregon’s Kitchen Table strives to:

  • Create simple, easy-to-use platforms (online and in person) for statewide public engagement
  • Promote in-depth public engagement with the tough trade-offs and challenges decision makers confront in governing our state
  • Provide leaders with high-quality feedback on issues that matter to Oregonians
  • Increase Oregonians’ interest in participating in local, regional, and statewide decision making
  • Empower citizens and decision-makers to communicate and work together in a fact-based, civil, and creative way

Oregon’s Kitchen Table is a program of the National Policy Consensus Center housed in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.  Our non-profit arm is the Policy Consensus Initiative / Kitchen Table DemocracyOur non-profit tax id number is 91-1807304.

Our Commitment to Equity

An important purpose of collaborative governance is to bring a full range of voices together to build on the promises of democracy. Institutional racism and other inequities hinder this aspiration from being realized. Oregon's Kitchen Table is committed to striving for equity both in our projects and in our organizational culture. We approach this work as learners. 


  • American Leadership Forum
  • Community Sourced Capitol
  • Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall Inc.
  • Healthy Democracy
  • Kitchen Table Democracy
  • The Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership
  • National Policy Consensus Center
  • Program for Public Consultation
  • Rural Development Initiatives

Founding Advisory Committee

  • Steve Bass
  • Greg Chaimov
  • Adam Davis
  • Verne Duncan
  • Carol Ford
  • David Frohnmayer
  • Susan Hammer
  • Michael Jordan
  • Phil Keisling
  • Steven Kull
  • Tom Kelly
  • Lynn Lundquist
  • Greg Macpherson
  • Ron Saxton
  • Beverly Stein
  • Faye Stewart
  • Carl Talton
  • Linda Tamura
  • Robin Teater
  • Bill Thorndike
  • Larry Wallack
  • Bill Wyatt

Original Funders

  • Circle Foundation
  • Ford Family Foundation
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • PSG Foundation
  • The State of Oregon (Department of Administrative Services)

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