Allocation Committee

The Portland Children’s Levy is overseen by a five-member Allocation Committee that meets publicly at Portland City Hall Council Chambers to make funding decisions. It is composed of one Portland City Commissioner, one Multnomah County Commissioner and one member appointed by the city, county and Portland Business Alliance respectively.  

Meetings are open to the public. Notices are sent to the PCL listserve prior to meetings and posted on the PCL website. To join the mailing list email

Interested in serving on the Allocation Committee? There are no current openings, but read about the city process here  and more about how to fill out an application.

Dan Saltzman

Chair, Allocation Committee
Portland City Commissioner

Dan Saltzman served as the architect and major champion for the Portland Children’s Levy, which was created in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed by city voters in 2008 and 2013. Dan is currently serving his fifth term as a city commissioner and is the chair of the Levy's Allocation Committee.

His other responsiblities include management of the Bureau of Housing Development, the Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services.

Dan was born and raised in Portland. He graduated from Beaverton High School, received a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent many years in the private sector as the principal in an environmental engineering firm. He also served as a staff assistant to Congressman (now Sen.) Ron Wyden.

Dan served as Multnomah County Commissioner from 1993-1998 and on the Board of Directors for Portland Community College. Dan's focus for Portland’s economic and social health is protecting the environment and helping Portland to achieve a more sustainable future, preventing child abuse and domestic violence and making Portland’s children a higher priority.

Deborah Kafoury

Multnomah County
County Chair

Deborah is a passionate advocate for children and programs that support their education, health and well being.

She has worked closely with the city of Portland, and state and federal officials to end homelessness and increase funding for early childhood education, after-school and mentoring efforts and child abuse prevention.

In 2008, voters elected Deborah to the Multnomah County Commission where she worked to help families in crisis stay in their homes or be rehoused as quickly as possible. She led efforts to replace the crumbling Sellwood Bridge and is the leading voice to replace the county’s 100-year-old central courthouse. Throughout, she helped stabilize county finances by working to find a permanent funding source for the libraries and using innovative partnerships to better serve our community.


Julie S. Young

Long-time youth advocate and community volunteer

Julie has many years of civic commitment as a clinical social worker, nonprofit board and committee member and children's activist. She is an ideal fit for this position as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her involvement with organizations such as the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon, the Oregon Community Foundation, Social Venture Partners and City Club.

Julie holds a Master of Social Work and is committed to the success of the Levy. Her professional career has been devoted to working with diverse populations and vulnerable families, and she has a keen insight into child welfare, foster care and the juvenile justice systems through her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a community mental health practitioner.

She believes the Levy is the smartest long-term, dollar-for-dollar economic development strategy the City of Portland has. "While the return on investment may not be immediately obvious, research has repeatedly demonstrated that all of society benefits from physically, mentally and emotionally healthy children," she said.

Felicia Tripp Folsom

Deputy Director Portland Housing Center

Felicia  has a long history of community involvement in equity, children and housing issues.  She is the deputy director of the Portland Housing Center,  a board member of All Hands Raised, an executive board member of the Portland African American Leadership Forum and chair of the Community Housing Fund. She was previously executive director of the Emergence Foundation, as well as the former scholarship chair of Black United Fund of Oregon. She is a long-time support of the Portland Children's Levy and its partners and is excited about the possibility of making transformational and positive changes in the community as a Levy Allocation Committee member.

Mitch Hornecker

Executive VP/Chief Legal Officer West Region
Principal, Modoc Consulting

Mitch is a Principal at Modoc Consulting, a business consulting practice.  Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, West Region, at Balfour Beatty Construction.  Before Balfour Beatty, he was the President of Howard S. Wright Enterprises, responsible for ethics, code of conduct, community giving, risk management, legal, HR, insurance, IT, governance, compliance, acquisitions and joint ventures.  

Prior to his business career, Mitch was a practicing attorney and shareholder for 22 years at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt specializing in business and business regulations. 

Mitch’s community involvement includes being a Meyer Memorial Trust, Trustee; co-founder, former board chair and current board member at New Avenues For Youth; former board chair and current chair emeritus of the Portland Business Alliance; Portland State University College Affordability & Success Coalition member and co-chair of the Regional Revenue & Existing Assets Committee.