The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA) is a volunteer group of Portlanders working on civic issues through Portland's official Neighborhood Association system, which is one part of the city's larger network of neighborhood/community involvement programs.
Portland's neighborhood groups emerged in the 1970s as citizens demanded better engagement with their local government. This neighborhood network transformed into the official Neighborhood Association system it is today when in 1975 a new state law required cities to include community participation in city planning.
Every resident of our city has a Neighborhood Association they can call their own. Unlike any other group, you don’t have to identify with a particular religion, or ethnicity, or party, or social movement to be welcomed into the practice of engaging with government when you do so through a Neighborhood Association.
Today's Neighborhood Associations are the heart of neighborhood activities, and they work to reflect the issues and needs of their members. Membership is free and open to anyone one who lives (renters too!), owns property, or maintains a business within the NA's boundaries. Meetings are open to the public, discussions are transparent, and minutes are public record (you can find ours here on this website).
The MTNA serves all people living or working within these boundaries:
Burnside to the north
SE Division to the south
SE 76th Ave to the east
SE 49th Ave (from Burnside to Hawthorne) and 50th Ave (from Hawthorne to Division) to the west
For an independent review of the history of the Neighborhood Association system, read the League of Women Voters Education Fund Publication: "Portland's Neighborhood Associations Part I - History", Oct 2005
Who We Are
MTNA Board Members
Secretary: Laura Smith
Treasurer: Bing Wong
At Large: Robin Beavers
At Large: Cliff Cox
At Large: Nadine Fiedler
At Large: Barb Gamelgard
At Large: Robert Krotser, II
At Large: John Laursen
At Large: Brian Mitchell
At Large: Sam Noble
At Large: Nancy Norby
At Large: Cassandra Rosenthal
At Large: Jim Smith
At Large: Stephanie Stewart
At Large: Mike Turaski
Monthly Meeting Agenda Builder: Jim Smith
Monthly Meeting Facilitator: Mike Turaski
Land Use Committee - Co-Chairs: Stephanie Stewart, Brian Mitchell
Friends of Mt. Tabor Park - Bing Wong
Warner Pacific College - Robin Beavers