What is NECN?

Through NECN, neighbors shape the future of inner North and Northeast Portland – by taking on projects, taking up issues, and taking action together. The Coalition provides support and resources for 12 neighborhood associations, other community groups and residents. NECN encourages participation, leadership and collaboration across lines of race, culture and economic status.


Founded in 1975, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is an independent nonprofit organization comprised of 12 neighborhoods in inner North and Northeast Portland, Oregon:

The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 29 members, representing our 12 member neighborhood associations and our broader community. Our five-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.

NECN has contributed to the development of many well-known programs and organizations, including:

  • NE Workforce Center
  • Rider Advocates
  • Youth Gangs Program
  • Community Cross-Cultural Outreach Program
  • Operation Outreach

NECN History

Edna Robertson and Sharon McCormack founded Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods in 1975. Originally established as part of the Model Cities Initiative, NECN was designed to be a strong component of the Portland Neighborhood System, in order to address community issues and create effective solutions at a grassroots level.

The Neighborhood System

NECN is one of seven neighborhood coalitions in Portland, which are affiliated with the City’s Office of Neighborhood Invovlement (ONI).

The seven district coalitions, 95 Neighborhood Associations, and 40 business associations work with community groups and residents on a variety of issues that affect life in our neighborhoods, including land use and transportation, crime prevention and safety, schools, and housing.