Environmental Justice Task Force

Current Task Force Members
There is established the Environmental Justice Task Force consisting of 12 members appointed by the Governor. The members shall be persons who are well-informed on the principles of environmental justice and who, to the greatest extent practicable, represent minority communities, low-income communities, environmental interests, industry groups and geographically diverse areas of the state. Of the 12 members, the Governor shall appoint one member of the task force from each of the Commissions on Asian Affairs, Black Affairs, Hispanic Affairs and Indian Services.
    • Joel Iboa (Eugene) - Chair, One Oregon
    • Robert William Collin (Salem) - Vice Chair, ​Retired Willamette University Center Professor, environmental researcher and author
    • Valentin Sanchez (Gresham), Oregon Law Center
    • Jim Kreider (La Grande), Eastern Oregon
    • Huy Ong, Organizing People/Activating Leaders (OPAL)
    • Quinn Read, Center for Biological Diversity
    • Gustavo Morales, Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs
    • Ben Duncan, ​Oregon Commission on Black Affairs
    • ​VACANT, Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs
    • VACANT SEAT - Commission on Indian Services
    Please note: Task Force members' affiliation is listed for identification purposes only, except for the four commission representatives.

    State Agency Citizen Advocates

    Senate Bill 420​ (see ORS 182.535-550) directed natural resource agencies to appoint a state agency staff person to serve as a citizen advocate to encourage public participation, ensure the agency considers environmental justice issues, inform the agency of the effects of its decisions on traditionally underrepresented communities, and improve plans to further the progress of environmental justice in Oregon. 

    The current State Agency Citizen Advocates are:

    182.545 Duties of natural resource agencies.

    In order to provide greater public participation and to ensure that all persons affected by decisions of the natural resource agencies have a voice in those decisions, each natural resource agency shall:

    1. In making a determination whether and how to act, consider the effects of the action on environmental justice issues.
    2. Hold hearings at times and in locations that are convenient for people in the communities that will be affected by the decisions stemming from the hearings.
    3. Engage in public outreach activities in the communities that will be affected by decisions of the agency.
    4. Create a citizen advocate position that is responsible for:
    • Encouraging public participation;
    • Ensuring that the agency considers environmental justice issues; and
    • Informing the agency of the effect of its decisions on communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes.

    All directors of natural resource agencies, and other agency directors as the Governor may designate, shall report annually to the Environmental Justice Task Force and to the Governor on the results of the agencies' efforts to:

    1. Address environmental justice issues;
    2. Increase public participation of individuals and communities affected by agencies' decisions;
    3. Determine the effect of the agencies' decisions on traditionally underrepresented communities; and
    4. Improve plans to further the progress of environmental justice in Oregon.

    The term “natural resource agency” as determined by ORS 182.535 means: the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Department of Environmental Quality, the State Fire Marshal, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Department of Forestry, the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, the State Marine Board, the Public Utility Commission, the Department of State Lands, the Department of Transportation, and the Water Resources Department.