About District Liaisons
District Liaisons work with community partners to help neighborhoods and commercial areas flourish as great places to live, work, shop, learn, gather and play.
- Understand each district's issues, needs and opportunities
- Build relationships with community members
- Gather and share information
- Infuse City projects, policies and investments with community priorities
- Serve as technical advisors and resources for neighbors, organizations, businesses and institutions
- Tackle planning, design and development challenges through collaborative quick-response projects
Examples of recent projects include:
Examples of Projects with District Liaison Participation
Foster Lents Integration Partnership - The FLIP is a collaborative project bringing together city bureaus and community groups to develop a strategy that addresses economic, environmental, and social conditions in the neighborhoods along Foster Road from SE 50th to SE 122nd Ave.
Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative - The goal of the NPI is to strengthen the economic competitiveness of neighborhood business districts through community-planned and community-implemented actions and projects.
SW Corridor Plan - The SW Corridor Plan is a planning effort to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation.
St. John's Main Street - The mission of the St. Johns Main Street is to create a thriving and diverse town center that supports and attracts small businesses and customers. We connect the people and resources of St. Johns to preserve our unique business district, promote livability, and foster responsible development for the future.
Columbia River Crossing - The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) is a long-term comprehensive solution to problems on Interstate 5 near the Columbia River. The CRC will provide new travel options and an improved highway to support jobs, the regional economy and future growth.
Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area - The Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) is Portland's largest urban renewal area. It is intended to revitalize and support a diverse collection of historic communities in north and northeast Portland.
Our 42nd Avenue NPI - Diverse community participation by residents, businesses, and area organizations to foster a prosperous, equitable and community-serving commercial district.
Cully Boulevard Alliance NPI - Diverse community participation by residents, businesses, and area organizations to increase the visibility of the evolving business district, help create more local living wage jobs and strengthen existing businesses.
Alberta Main Street - An effort to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors.
Contact the District Liaisons
East Portland: Christina Scarzello, 503-823-7716
North Portland: Barry Manning, 503-823-7965
Northeast Portland: Debbie Bischoff, 503-823-6946
Southeast Portland: Matt Wickstrom, 503-823-2834
West Portland: Joan Frederiksen, 503-823-3111
Central City: Karl Lisle, 503-823-4286
Central City: Troy Doss, 503-823-5857
Program Manager: Deborah Stein, 503-823-6991