Director’s Desk: September 2021

One year ago, on September 8, 2020, I had the privilege and honor of transitioning into my new role as the Executive Director at Neighborhood Partnerships. This transition has been both one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors I’ve had the opportunity to undertake. It has been a significant change in my life, both in the level…

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Neighborhood Partnerships has gone (temporarily) remote!

As of August 1, 2021, the Neighborhood Partnerships team will be working remotely as we reimagine our office space, ensuring that our physical space reflects our equity goals. We anticipate a return to a physical office in late spring of 2022. NP prioritizes equity in all our work, and one of our core equity agreements…

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Welcome Michael!

We’re excited to announce that Michael Ninen has joined Neighborhood Partnerships as the new IDA Program Coordinator! In the past he has worked in community organizing and development in order to support marginalized communities locally and internationally. In his work he employed diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks and he hopes to bring his experience with…

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Welcome Ethan!

We are excited to welcome Ethan Livermore, who has joined the team as the Economic Justice Organizer! Before coming to NP, Ethan worked at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon doing direct service, Public Policy advocacy, and program support for close to 3 years. He was born and raised here in Portland and is the fourth generation of his…

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Equity Update: Inclusion in the Legislative Process

The Oregon Legislature is often called the “citizens’ assembly.” Why? The common answer is that legislators often have other jobs, and reflects that the Representatives and Senators are themselves members of the public. A better reason to call the Oregon Legislature a “citizens’ assembly” is to reflect who’s actually in charge: Oregonians. Neighborhood Partnerships has…

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ROC Winter Summit Review

Last month ROC members convened for our end of the year Winter Summit Celebration. Over the course of three days ROC members met to discuss organizing, advocacy, and a look back at all we accomplished in 2020.  It was a challenging year, but ROC members continued to show up and use their strength to let…

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Announcing Neighborhood Partnerships’ New Equity Integration and Digital Technology Manager

Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce the internal promotion of Derrick Taruc to the newly created position of Equity Integration and Digital Technology Manager. Derrick joined NP in July of 2016, and has overseen maintenance and improvement of the IDA database, supported the collection of data for program evaluation, and provided patient and timely technical…

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Announcing Neighborhood Partnerships’ New Director of Economic Opportunity

Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce the internal promotion of Holly McGuire to Director of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Our former DEO, Carlos García, was selected to be NP’s Executive Director in September of 2020. NP engaged in an internal hiring process, reviewing and updating the DEO position to best meet the opportunities and challenges we…

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Welcome Margaret!

Margaret joined Neighborhood Partnerships in November 2020. Before NP, she planned public community events at OMSI and coordinated classical music festivals at Chamber Music Northwest. Margaret also regularly volunteers with Rose City Rollers, where she plans fundraising events and coaches developing skaters. She enjoys coordinating logistics and planning events, especially when she gets to use…

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RE:Conference RE:Cap

In a year of a pandemic, long overdue racial justice uprising, and wildfire, it was powerful and moving to find that our first virtual RE:Conference could bring so many of us together to make real connections in our work to move toward economic and housing justice. Here at Neighborhood Partnerships we feel grateful and humbled…

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