We are working to strengthen the St. Johns & Cathedral Park neighborhoods in Portland, OR through people-centered economic development and community building. We envision a thriving, diverse, and just community where everyone has access to affordable housing, benefits from economic opportunity, and is civically engaged. 

We engage in activities to support our mission and vision in five key areas:

  1. Engaging in community building activities such as neighborhood events, serving as a resource hub, creative placemaking, and empowering leaders;

  2. Strengthening our local workforce by connecting residents (including youth) to local jobs and supporting them in their job seeking efforts;

  3. Organizing our local farmers market and promoting access to fresh, healthy food;

  4. Advocating for more affordable housing in the neighborhood, and;

  5. Connecting local businesses to resources and information.



We believe in transparency
We believe in open dialogue, seeking community feedback, asking questions and giving honest answers.

We are design thinkers
We believe in reflection, continuous learning and being creative to improve all aspects of our work.

We value our team
We invest in our staff, board members, and volunteers and their professional development. 

We work hard & we laugh hard
We are confident in our work, love what we do and have fun making each other laugh.

We are resilient leaders
We stay optimistic, use data to inform our decisions and push through tough times in order to move mountains.

We strive to be an inclusive organization
We have an open door policy and promote a welcoming and approachable atmosphere. 

We believe in working together
We believe that collaboration and strategic partnerships lead to a stronger St. Johns. 


“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~ Cesar Chavez