About Us


“We build community cohesion by promoting opportunities for civic engagement.”

Our Mission

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) increases neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement and grassroots community building. NECN believes in creating healthy communities by engaging citizens to become directly involved in determining how their neighborhood evolves, and giving them the tools to have their voices heard by policy makers. Our primary areas of focus are civic engagement, issue advocacy, volunteer leadership development and community project support.

Who We Are

Founded in 1975 as part of the Model Cities Program, NECN has earned a reputation as a pillar of the Northeast Portland community and operates as an independent nonprofit organization. Comprised of 12 neighborhoods in the inner North and Northeast sectors of Portland, it was the first of seven neighborhood coalitions, all of which are affiliated with Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). NECN was founded by Edna Robertson and Sharon McCormack. 

We are governed by a Board of Directors, which allows 11 representatives from neighborhood associations, 3 representatives from community organizations/businesses, and 3 community leaders who represent under-engaged populations. Our four-person staff provides resources and services to our members, and runs a variety programs that support neighbors’ collaborative efforts to shape the future of our neighborhoods, and create effective solutions at a grassroots level.