Paul Leistner

Neighborhood Program Coordinator
Member Since: 
Jun 18 '13

Paul Leistner is the Neighborhood Program Coordinator for the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Paul supports Portland’s 95 neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalitions. Before coming to work for the City of Portland, Paul served as a neighborhood activist in Portland for over 17 years. As a volunteer, Paul served in leadership positions in his neighborhood association and district coalition and served on many citywide advisory groups and policy committees. Paul has a master’s degree in public administration and has worked as a non-partisan public policy analyst for the Washington State legislature and various state agencies. Paul also served for eight years as the research director of the City Club of Portland--coordinating citizen-based public policy research. Paul currently is a doctoral candidate at Portland State University in the Urban Studies program. Paul’s dissertation explores the efficacy of citywide community involvement systems in advancing participatory democracy at the local level and uses the evolution of Portland’s neighborhood and community involvement system as a case study.