Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation

The Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation is named after Oregon’s most famous governor. The center works to connect Pacific University students with policymakers. Through a combination of internship opportunities and on-campus activities, the center seeks to break down the walls of the ivory tower so that students learn the practical side of being citizens and to connect the university with the larger community.


Upcoming Events

“From the 2018 Primaries and On Into the General Election. Blue Wave, Anybody?”

11 June 2018, 12:00–13:00. Talk at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Golden Valley Brewery, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd, Beaverton.

Completed Events

“Is Bipartisanship Dead?”

28 July 2017. Panel discussion with John Horvick, Vice President and Political Director, DHM Research. Friday Forum at the City Club of Portland.

“Recap of the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session”

11 September 2017. Washington County Public Affairs Forum, 12:00-13:00. Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 Farmington Road, Beaverton, Oregon 97007.

Willard Kniep Lecture. Dr. Franziska Seraphim, Boston College, “The First Global Justice Network? Allied war crimes trials in Asia and Europe after World War II”

18 September 2017. 16:30, Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall 216 on the Pacific University Forest Grove campus. Co-sponsored by the McCall Center.

US Senator Ron Wyden, Town Hall

3 November 2017, 14:30–16:00, Multipurpose Room (MPR) on ground floor of Washburne Hall (the Student Center) on the Forest Grove campus. Come join community members to ask the senator questions and have your voice heard.

“From A Fractured World, A Fractured Response: International Organizations in the Age of Trump.”

30 January 2018, 19:00–20:30. Rose Villa, 13505 SE River Rd, Portland.

Suzanne Bonamici, US Representative for Oregon Congressional District 1

27 March 2018, 18:00–19:00. Town Hall and open forum. Pacific’s Forest Grove campus, McReady Auditorium.


About the McCall Center

Here are ways the McCall Center works with the Pacific community:

  • Connects students and policy makers for activities that satisfy the Civic Engagement requirement for undergraduate students
  • Brings policymakers to campus and the Forest Grove community
  • Cosponsors events series at which students, the larger community, and policymakers can interact
  • Works with students to create projects that combine academic analysis and work with policy making processes

The director of the McCall Center, Jim Moore, works to make all this happen. Dr. Moore is one of the most widely used political analysts in the Pacific Northwest, cited in more than 6,000 newspaper and magazine articles and appearing frequently on television and radio to explain the political events of the day. He uses his connections in the political world to connect Pacific and policymakers in Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.

Contact Us

Jim Moore | Director, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation
503-352-2288 |