Director’s Desk: May 2021

A couple of years ago, many of us had the opportunity to hear Glenn Harris from Race Forward speak at Meyer’s Housing Summit on creating and operationalizing racial equity. He had so many great nuggets of information but the one that stuck with me the most was this simple quote, “what you put intention to,…

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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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Director’s Desk: April 2021

For this month’s Director’s Desk, I wanted to be able to share some news with our partners. After much discussion among staff, this year, we have decided to transition our annual RE:Conference, and move to an every other year RE:Conference.   As you’ve read in this space previously, NP has been on a journey to incorporate racial equity, diversity, and inclusion into…

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Director’s Desk: March 2021

Over our 30 years history, Neighborhood Partnerships has played a convener role helping to bringing people together to talk, to share ideas, and to build relationship with one another. Prior to the pandemic, we met for in-person meetings, had coalition convenings at our office and welcomed everyone to RE:Conference in Salem to exchange ideas, ideate solutions, and…

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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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We’re hiring!

Neighborhood Partnerships is hiring an Economic Justice Organizer! Neighborhood Partnerships’ (NP) mission is to help create a better Oregon, one in which we all have access to opportunity, stability, and what we need to thrive. For us, this begins with financial well-being and a stable, affordable place to call home. Our work calls on us…

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Director’s Desk: February 2021

This Black History Month should be different. After enduring months of overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on communities of color to the uprisings against anti-Black racism and police brutality to the White supremacist insurrection just a few weeks ago, it’s beyond time for our sector not only to commit to…

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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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