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ONI Director's Selection Process

The City of Portland Office of Neighborhood (ONI) soon will have a new a new director.

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has asked community members for their input on the values, knowledge, and skills the next ONI Director will need to succeed and to effectively advance ONI’s mission to promote meaningful community engagement, social justice, and racial equity,

Community members have provided input through a community forum and an online survey. You can find summaries of this community input below.


The Planning Group developed a community forum that was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at IRCO. About 35 people participated in the forum. They represented ONI Community Partner Organizations as well as, a variety of community representatives from identity-specific mutual assistance organizations, ethnic-stream communities and new Portlanders. Commissioner Eudaly also attended the forum. Volunteers from Resolutions NW facilitated small groups discussions. Participants broke into four small groups and discussed the following questions:

  1. What values, knowledge, and skills are most important for the ONI Director to have?
  2. What do you not want to see in the ONI Director?
  3. What do you think are the most important things ONI should be working on?
  4. What would “good” community involvement look like in the ONI Director’s decision-making practices?

CLICK HERE to see a summary of the small group responses grouped by question and small group.


Over 430 community members responded to the online survey (which closed on July 7, 2017). The survey questionnaire asked participants to:

  • identify the most important values, knowledge, and skills the next ONI Director will need to succeed,
  • the qualities they do not want to see in the next ONI director, and
  • the issues they believe ONI should be working on.

Response summaries and the full responses to each of the open-ended questions are available below:

More Information:

Below you will find more information about the selection process, the job of the ONI Director, and about ONI and community and neighborhood engagement in Portland.

Here are some quick links to the information below:

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Why seek community input?

ONI, more than any city agency, has a responsibility to model the City’s public involvement principles and the best practices of participatory democracy, community governance, and racial equity in its decision making.

The next ONI Director will play a significant role in advancing ONI’s work, which seeks to increase the number and diversity of people involved in civic life in Portland, strengthen the capacity of community leaders and organizations to organize and engage, and strengthen the capacity of City government leaders and staff to engage with the community to ensure that community members have a voice in shaping their communities and in decisions that affect them.

Who selects the ONI Director?

Commissioner Eudaly will select the next ONI director. City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is the city commissioner in charge of ONI and is responsible for selecting the ONI director.

When will the next ONI Director be chosen?

Commissioner Eudaly would like to choose the new ONI Director by September 2017.

What sources of input will Commissioner Eudaly consider?

Commissioner Eudaly will rely on input from a variety of sources, including the online questionnaire and the June 27 community forum.

What guidance is Commissioner Eudaly seeking from the community?

Commissioner Eudaly is looking for feedback from the community that will help provide:

  • A robust profile of desired professional and personal attributes to consider when selecting the next ONI Director.
  • A meaningful way to construct community-driven questions the Commissioner’s office will ask candidates for the position.
  • A dynamic ”roadmap” to guide the new ONI Director as they move forward.

Stay in the loop

To get on the list to receive updates on the selection process contact Paul Leistner:; 503-823-5284.

For more information:

For more information on the selection process, contact: 

David Austin, Interim Director

Office of Neighborhood Involvement; 503.823.4682



The following background materials provide useful context about what the next ONI Director will need to be able to do:


If you have additional questions about ONI’s work, contact:

Paul Leistner, Neighborhood Program Coordinator, ONI; 503-823-5284

Rough summary of responses to Question 10

Rough summary of the categories/number of responses to open-ended question #10: "What qualities or attributes would make it difficult for an ONI director to be effective?"

Community Forum--Small Group Discussion Responses

Responses of the 35 community members who participated in the June 27, 2017 community forum on the search for a new ONI director. Responses are grouped by question and small group.

2012 Summary of Community Forum Input on City Leaders

Summary of what community members said frustrated them about City leaders and the skills and abilities community members want to see in City leaders.

ONI Director Search Community Forum Flyer--June 27, 2017

ONI's neighborhood and community partner organizations are hosting a community forum on Tues, June 27, 2017, 6-8:30 pm, at IRCO