Help NP say Thank you & Welcome!

Earlier this spring, we shared some very important news that after fifteen years as our Executive Director, Janet Byrd is stepping down from her position this year.  You likely also saw that we announced after a national search, we have hired Carlos David Garcia to be our new Executive Director! Carlos will begin his new…

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RE:Conference 2020

Stay tuned for details of our annual RE:Conference, which will kick off on November 16 and 17 and continue through mid-December. We expect to open registration after Labor Day. RE:Conference will be fully virtual this year. We are working hard to plan content that is as interactive and thought provoking as what you expect from…

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Director’s Desk: August

I’m thinking a lot about change and evolution this month, as I write my last Director’s Desk message to the Neighborhood Partnerships community. I’m excited for the future of Neighborhood Partnerships. In spite of the uncertainty in the world around us, brought on by a virus, failed leadership, and economic upheaval, NP is in good…

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Thank you, Brian Stewart!

Thank you Brian for your service to NP! This month at our August Board meeting we’ll be saying goodbye to Brian Stewart, who is rotating off the Board after fifteen years of service, six years as Board Chair between 2013 and 2019. Brian has been instrumental to so much of the success of NP over…

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Exciting News! Our Next Executive Director

Joel Madsen, Board Chair, Neighborhood Partnerships Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce that Carlos Garcia will become executive director, effective September 8.  Our next Executive Director, Carlos Garcia! Carlos has served as NP’s Director of Economic Opportunity since 2018.  In addition to overseeing the Oregon IDA initiative, he works with local, regional, and national partners…

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Looking Back and Forward in the IDA Initiative

By Holly McGuire As we enter the second half of the calendar year at the IDA Initiative, compiling our annual report to Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) gives us a chance to reflect on the last program year. It was a powerful and intense year, even before the crescendo of the COVID pandemic lockdown…

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Director’s Desk: July

Black Lives Matter. It is time to act to repair the generations of harm and inequity that is the legacy of slavery in the United States, and the legacy of ongoing structures that divert and strip wealth from the Black community. As the New York Times Magazine said this past weekend, it is time for…

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Director’s Desk: June

Black Lives Matter. We are called to re-commit ourselves to work, every day, to move our workplaces, our communities, our state, and our nation towards justice. The murder of George Floyd served as a tipping point. The calculated and deliberate behavior of the police officers, in broad daylight, while aware of cell phone cameras trained…

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Equity Update: June

NP’s Equity Team This month, we’re sharing our progress on our equity goals. Last November, at our annual RE:Conference, Neighborhood Partnerships presented an equity statement, after months of work internally to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. In sharing our equity statement, we explicitly said: “We ask that you hold us accountable. In that spirit, we…

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Our Humble Cadence

written by Reyna Gillet on behalf of the NP staff Photo credit: https://blacklivesmatter.com/ We have a conversation started. We need to show up for them.Marching to the Burnside Bridge – seeing the sea of people, laying down, the crowd of so many young people, teens, kids, all taking a moment and all saying “I can’t…

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