Community Participation Organization (CPO) Program

Part of Washington County's mission is to encourage meaningful participation in community activities and County governance. As an important piece of the County's Community Engagement Program, the CPO Program plays a large role in fulfilling this mission.

For over 40 years, the program has provided residents the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process of local and county government through regional organizations called "Community Participation Organizations". Most people know them as "CPOs".

What are CPOs?

CPOs are organizations led by volunteers elected by members of the communities they serve. CPOs encourage and empower public involvement by providing a place for community members to: 

  • Come together to learn about and discuss issues in a comfortable forum. 

  • Get unbiased information about issues relating to local and County services for transportation, parks and trails, housing and business developments, public health, safety, emergency planning, schools, libraries and other matters affecting the livability of their community. 

  • Interact with decision makers including local government and agency representatives, elected officials, and community leaders. 

  • Engage as a group in an advisory role to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.


How to Reach Us

See the CPO Directory for contact information for active CPOs and Community Engagement Program staff.


The CPO Program has a new program manager!

   Program Manager Amanda Garcia-Snell

Stop by the office and meet Amanda Garcia-Snell! 

The CPO Team has a new manager. Amanda has worked for Washington County for the past 10 years, most recently as the Health Equity, Planning and Policy supervisor in the Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. She brings a passion for relationship building and collaboration to her work and has been dedicated to building community partnerships on a broad range of activities. She believes that meaningful community engagement is critical to ensure that all residents have the ability to thrive. See full story.


CPO 12F Kick Off - Commissioner Terry talking to community members.

It's official. CPO 12F is back!

At their first meeting in more than 17 years, CPO 12F did what CPOs do best. They brought the experts, the info and the discussion to the community!

The CPO 12F Kick Off event, hosted by community volunteers, provided attendees with information about their schools, first responders, mental health services, and the struggles and challenges our youth are facing today. Read full story.


See news article in Forest Grove News Times.


Click to get the CPO calendar of meetings and events.
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