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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

City Connections

  • Connect to Portland's many diverse communities, including Native American, New Portlanders, and more.

Mayor Charlie Hales' priorities are driven by the idea that everything we love about Portland should be accessible to everyone. The increasingly diverse city has organizations and publications that reach out to our many groups.

“We have lots of other cultures in Portland now compared to the traditional North American white culture that was predominate when I moved here. Part of my job is to deliberately try to understand the variety of cultures we have in this city and then look for ways for those new Portlanders to get engaged in their city," Mayor Hales told The Oregonian's Casey Parks.

This page lists resources available in Portland; use the left navigation for shortcuts. For more on city diversity and equity efforts, visit the Office of Equity and Human RightsShould your organization be added as a resource on this page? Let us know!


Native American Resources

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: NPAIHAB is engaged in many areas of Indian health, including legislation, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as data surveillance and research. 

Columbia Inter-tribal Fish Commission: The Commission coordinates management policy and provides fisheries technical services for the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes.

Native American Youth & Family Center: NAYA is a family of tribes and voices rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. NAYA provides culturally-specific programs and services. Its continuum of lifetime services create a wraparound, holistic healthy environment that is youth-centered, family-driven, and elder-guided.

Native American Rehabilitation Association: NARA provides education, physical and mental health services, and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other vulnerable populations.

One Sky Center: One Sky Center seeks to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems and services among Native people.

Legislative Commission on Indian Services: LCIS was created by statute in 1975 to improve services to Indians in Oregon. LCIS serves as the main forum in which Indian concerns are considered. It serves as a conduit through which concerns are channeled through the network to the appropriate entity; it serves as a point of access for finding out about state government programs and Indian communities; and it serves as a catalyst for bringing about change where change is needed.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, Portland: The Northwest Region implements and operates BIA programs for the benefit of tribes and individual Indians at 15 agencies and field stations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and southeastern Alaska. There are approximately 94,150 Indian people of 45 federally recognized tribes living on or near reservations, which exceed 5 million acres in total size. The primary commercial quality natural resources include nearly 2.66 million acres of timberland and 165,000 acres of woodlands, over 4.8 million acres of Indian trust land, and a broad variety of commercial anadromous fish, shellfish, and other types of seafood harvested in both fresh and salt water.

Indian Law Resource Center: The Center provides legal assistance to indigenous peoples of the Americas to combat racism and oppression, to protect their lands and environment, to protect their cultures and ways of life, to achieve sustainable economic development and genuine self-government, and to realize their other human rights.

Native American Law Students Association, Lewis & Clark: NALSA works to educate the Lewis & Clark Community about legal issues affecting Native American and Alaskan Native communities, promote the study of Federal Indian law, and encourage interaction with local tribes.

Portland State University Native American Student & Community Center: PSU NASCC is a gathering space to celebrate and empower student success through culturally relevant programming, academic support, and inter-generational community engagement to preserve and perpetuate inter-tribal connection for Native American/Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander students and our allies through tradition, ceremony, and storytelling. 


General Outreach Organizations

New Portlanders: New Portlanders works in integrating ambitious immigrants and refugees into the life of our vigorous city. 

Neighborhood House Portland: Neighborhood Houses is a non-profit social service provider, delivering programs for low-income people of all ages. Programs prepare children for success in school and life, help families move beyond poverty, and support seniors to continue living independently.

Coalition of Communities of Color: Coalition of Communities of Color addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by families, children and communities; and organizes communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.

Portland Development Commission Inclusive Innovation & Entrepreneurship: PDC is the City of Portland’s economic development agency, supporting the growth of innovative startups and scalable, fast growing companies in Portland. Its Inclusive Innovation & Entrepreneurship program helps historically marginalized groups, including women and minorities, succeed in their entrepreneurship. 


New Portlander Resources

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization: IRCO was established in 1976 to serve immigrants and refugees in Portland, Oregon. Its services include the Africa House and Asian Family Center.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon: The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice.

Andisheh Center: The Andisheh Center is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of fostering Iranian cultural heritage in the Portland metro area meeting the cultural needs of the thousands of people of Iranian descent living in Portland.

Somali American Council of Oregon: SACOO’s mission is to empower the Somali community by enhancing relationships between members of the community and between local, state and federal agencies, while also promoting cultural expression and diversity.

Center for Intercultural Organizing: The Center for Intercultural Organizing is a diverse, grassroots organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.

Portland Police Bureau American Muslim Police Advisory Committee: The advisory council is to build a bridge of understanding and communication between the Arab and Muslim communities and the Portland Police Bureau, and to serve as an effective public voice for the concerns of these communities. 

Slavic Community Center of Northwest: The Slavic Community Center of the Northwest’s goal is to help Slavic population in all areas of their lives in the United States: education, employment, health, social services, business development, career, legal assistance, preservation of language and culture, etc.

Portland Police Bureau Slavic Advisory Council: The Slavic Advisory Council is a partnership that brings together members of the Portland Slavic Community and its Police Officers to promote mutual understanding and cooperation in community enhancement and problem solving.  


Latino Community Resources

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project: VOZ is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.

Causa Oregon: Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. They work to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.

Latino Network: Latino Network provides opportunities, services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities.

Hispanicpros: Hispanicpros connects professionals and Latino community members to businesses, corporations and other organizations through diversification and inclusion strategies.

Alpfa Portland: ALPFA is a national, not-for-profit, professional association that creates opportunities, adds value, and builds relationships for its members, the community, and its business partners while expanding Latino Leadership in the global workforce.

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber: The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber works with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Latinos in Oregon and SW Washington.

Hacienda CDC: Hacienda CDC is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, home ownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.


African-American Community Resources

"Lift Ev'ry Voice" Project: The OPB project "Lift Ev'ry Voice explores Portland's African American history, with a focus on the turbulent 1960s, '70s and early '80s." The website includes an hour-long documentary, publications, videos, and websites about the history of Oregon civil rights.

Black Male Achievement: Black Male Achievement Portland (BMA) is a project designed to assist City leaders in their efforts to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys. BMA will help improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys in four key areas: education, employment, family stability, and criminal justice.

Portland African American Leadership Forum: The African-American Leadership Forum is a movement of African-American leaders and stewards across five metropolitan areas — the Twin Cities, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, and Tacoma — that is committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African-American community.

Partners in Diversity: Partners in Diversity partners with Oregon and Southwest Washington member employers to attract and retain professionals of color.

KairosPDX: KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable, culturally responsive education to under-served children, their families and their communities.

Black PFLAG: PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of Black/African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal human rights. 

Portland Police Bureau African American Advisory Council: The African American Advisory Council is a partnership that brings together members of Portland’s African American community and police officers to promote understanding and respect in police and community relationships.


Publications

Канон: Russian-American magazine directed at and focused on the development and progress of the Slavic community, expansion of communicative spheres, growth of information and advertising possibilities for businessmen and consumers, development and strengthening of the Russian-American relationships.

The Asian Reporter: The Asian Reporter is a Pacific Northwest based weekly newspaper features international and local northwest news and events with an Asian focus.

PQ Monthly: PQ (Proud Queer) is a monthly print and daily online newspaper committed to representing LGBTQ communities in all their diversity.

The Portland Observer: The Portland Observer is the oldest continuous African-American owned publication in the state of Oregon. Their website and weekly newspaper are committed to cultural diversity.

The Skanner News: The Skanner is a website and newspaper published in Portland and Seattle. Established in 1975, The Skanner News Group has advanced the cause of the Black Press in the Pacific Northwest.

Russian Radio: Russian Radio, at 1010 AM, is a Russian radio station featuring live chat and news. Its Russian-language website has a blog, news, and radio and video online.