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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204


1221 SW 4th Ave Room 110
Portland, OR 97204

Dianne Riley, CNIC Program Supervisor


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Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center

  • Diversity and Civic Leadership Program ONI programs being developed to expand opportunities for civic engagement for underrepresented communities in the City of Portland.

  • Public Involvement Best Practices Program Builds support of public involvement processes citywide that are more accessible to the community.

  • Disability Program Helping make Portland more inclusive for people with disabilities.

  • Neighborhood Program Enhancing the quality of neighborhoods through community participation.

Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center

The Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center includes six Civic Life's civic engagement programs and partners with our seven neighborhood district coalitions, a growing set of community partner organizations, and 95 Neighborhood Associations.


We are guided by the Five Year Plan to Increase Community Involvement organized around three interdependent community involvement goals:

  • Increasing the number and diversity of people involved in their communities
  • Strengthening community capacity
  • Increasing community impact on public decisions


Our programs and partner organizations help Portlanders to:

  • Get involved in local governance, and provide training with other support to do it
  • Identify strategies for increasing and equalizing the power, voice, and influence of Portland's many and various communities
  • Overcome common barriers to participation and expand accessibility in our City
  • Support effective communication to keep the community informed about issues and opportunities for involvement
  • Foster social ties and a sense of community identity
  • Build the community’s capacity to take action to move forward its priorities
  • Foster networking and collaboration between our partner organizations and other community organizations
  • Make public policy decision-making more responsive and accountable to community input


The Community & Neighborhood Involvement Center (CNIC) includes the following programs:

  • Disability Program - Connecting, supporting and encouraging collaborative civic engagement between the people of the disability community, neighborhoods and city government.
  • Diversity and Civic Leadership Program - Building capacity for community-based organizations serving communities of color, immigrants and refugees in order to increase constituent participation in the civic governance of the City.
  • Neighborhood Program - Enhancing the livability of neighborhoods through community participation by providing organizing support, leadership development, and technical assistance to Portland's 95 Neighborhood Associations and seven District Coalitions.
  • New Portlanders Program - integrating immigrants and refugees.
  • Public Involvement Best Practices Program - Strengthening partnership between community and government resulting in the best decisions for all of Portland through support for the Public Involvement Advisory Council.
  • Youth Program - Working with the Multnomah County Youth Commission to help get the youth of our community involved in local government decision and policy making.