• Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting

    On July 16, 2012 the PPS Board of Education adopted the Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting (EPPC) Policy.

    The EPPC Policy has three primary goals:

    • Provide greater professional, supplier, construction, and personal service opportunities to minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and emerging small businesses.

    • Increase the numbers of women and minorities in the construction trades through apprenticeship opportunities on District construction contracts.

    • Leverage our public contracting activity to expand the number of young people of color and young women participating in a wide variety of career learning programs.


    The EPPC Policy, related Administrative Directives, and contract exhibits can be found on the right side of this page. 




    Equity in Contracting Advisory Committee 

    The Equity in Contracting Advisory Committee ("ECAC") was established in 2015 and meets quarterly.  Its members include Certified minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business owners and advocates as well as PPS personnel.  The mission of the ECAC is to provide an organized forum for the discussion of current small business challenges in contracting with Portland Public Schools (PPS).  The ECAC identifies known barriers and makes recommendations to increase opportunities for Certified businesses.

    The ECAC has been valuable in providing feedback and advice relating to the EPPC policy and related initiatives. The initiatives resulting from the committee recommendations include Meet & Greets and an annual small business open house, both of which provide a forum for Certified business owners to introduce themselves and their businesses to PPS project managers and to learn how to do business with PPS.

    The Equity in Contracting Advisory Committee is facilitated by Emily Courtnage, Director of Purchasing & Contracting, and Cynthia Le, Chief Financial Officer.