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Strategic Partnerships
Welcome to Strategic Partnerships!

“Let Knowledge Serve the City” is the guiding motto for Portland State, Oregon’s largest and only urban-serving university.  It inspires us to act as a strong civic partner and contribute in relevant and meaningful ways to the economic vitality of the Portland area.

In 2011, the Office of Strategic Partnerships was established to elevate PSU’s central role as a civic and economic partner in the metro region.  Building upon PSU’s long tradition of community engagement, OSP fulfills its mission by cultivating and building business and civic partnerships that address pressing economic, social and environmental challenges facing the Portland metropolitan region.  Strategic partnerships advance state and regional goals related to economic development, urban sustainability, community health, and Cradle-to-Career education reform.

Strategic partnerships typically involve multiple colleges, departments and service units across campus.  These partnerships require a high degree of coordination and oversight due to the complexity and strategic significance of each relationship.   

The Office of Strategic Partnerships focuses on three core sets of activity:

Building and Leading Strategic Partnerships

OSP leads and manages relationships with PSU’s key business and civic partners including Intel, PGE, OHSU, TAO, Oregon Inc., Greater Portland Inc., City of Portland, Port of Portland, Multnomah County, Metro and OMSI.

Advancing Regional Economic Development

OSP serves a central industry liaison role for the university and coordinates university-wide economic development programming including the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship, the PSU Business Accelerator and industry-cluster initiatives.

Convening the PSU Partnership Council

OSP convenes the PSU Partnership Council – a university-wide leadership group created to facilitate clear communication, information sharing, measurement and assessment of PSU’s partnership agenda and goals.  


For more information, please contact:

Erin Flynn, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships