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Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Board

Board Overview


Responsibility of Board

  • Hire staff and develop policies for the management of the agency.
  • Plans and approves the SWNI annual budget.
  • Plans and approves the annual action plan for citizen participation and crime prevention.
  • Contracts with the City of Portland to provide services to member neighborhood and business associations and southwest citizens.
  • Provides in-depth information to citizens on citizen participation, crime prevention and how to work with city bureaus and other public agencies.
  • Provides a forum for important Southwest issues and organizes area wide events, i.e., candidates-fair, annual cleanup, volunteer recognition event.
  • The board does NOT represent or make decisions for individual neighborhoods. Each neighborhood association is autonomous in its decision-making power.



Empower citizen action to improve and maintain the livability of Southwest neighborhoods.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee members are elected by vote of the entire board for one-year terms, serving July 1st through June 30th, coinciding with the fiscal year.


Neighborhood Association Representatives

The board includes a representative from each of the 17 member neighborhood associations. Each of these volunteer-run neighborhood associations are responsible for selecting their representative. Read about SWNI Neighborhoods.

  • Arnold Creek:  Sharon Keast
  • Ashcreek:  Michael Kisor
  • Bridlemile:  Open
  • Collinsview:  Fran Laird
  • Crestwood:  Open
  • Far Southwest:  Marcia Leslie
  • Hayhurst:  Tom McCarley
  • Hillsdale:  Glenn Bridger
  • Homestead:  Milt Jones
  • Maplewood:  Stephan Lewis
  • Markham:  Donna Herron
  • Marshall Park:  Lynda Troutman
  • Multnomah:  Kay Durtschi
  • South Burlingame:  Open
  • South Portland:  Ken Love
  • Southwest Hills Residential League:  Nancy Seton
  • West Portland Park:  Mike McNamara


Committee Chairs

The board includes committee chairs, appointed by the president and approved by the entire board. Read about SWNI Committees.

  • Communications:  Lee Buhler
  • Land Use:  John Gibbon
  • Parks & Community Centers:  Kirky Doblie
  • Public Safety:  James Nobles
  • Schools:  Will Fuller
  • Transportation:  Roger Averbeck


Business Association Representatives

The board includes a representative from each of the 3 member business associations. Each of these business associations are responsible for selecting their representative.


  • Hillsdale Business Associationopen
  • Multnomah Business Associationopen
  • South Portland Business Associationopen


Southwest Portland: City Audit Report

City of Portland audit report:  Southwest Portland: Residents rate livability highly while some services are much worse than citywide (July 2015)