About OKNA



The Overlook Neighborhood Association welcomes everyone! Our neighborhood includes approximately 3,800 homes, 5,800 people, a thriving industrial area and several business associations. Everyone who lives, owns property or who works within the boundaries of Overlook is part of OKNA. Please attend a meeting and get involved.

OKNA is one of Portland’s 95 recognized Neighborhood Associations and serves as a liaison between residents of the neighborhood and the city government. We are supported in part by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI).

A board is elected each year, to share the various duties and areas of interest to the neighborhood including Land Use, Business, Parks & Greenspaces, Public Safety and others.

The OKNA Board:
The OKNA Board is made up of volunteer neighbors elected by the general membership. Board members strive to connect neighbors with each other, with city government and with other neighborhoods within Portland. They monitor land use, transportation, parks and business development in the area to look out for Overlook’s interests. The board is dedicated to making Overlook a better neighborhood to live and work in.

2014/2015 OKNA Board Members:
Dannielle Herman – Chair
Alan Cranna – Vice Chair
Tammy Maher, Treasurer
Kent Hoddick – Secretary
Cynthia Sulaski – Parks, Greenspaces & Trails
George Spaulding – Public Safety
Mary Skarie – Land Use Notices
Leslee Lewis – Sustainability
Mitch Bixby – NET
Ben Meyer

Elections:
The Overlook Neighborhood Association hosts open-style elections annually at the September general meeting. All members of OKNA who are present at the September meeting, who are at least 18 years old and who have attended at least one general meeting previously are eligible to run for a board position and are allowed to vote.

OKNA Grievance Committee Volunteers:
Mattie Davis
Gayle Vrla

2014/2015 Non-Board Members Volunteers:
Brent Young – Business Speakeasy Chair
Christian Trejbal – Webmaster and Weekly Update Editor
Mulysa Melco – Sustainable Overlook
Dayan Morgan-Sylaen – Overlook Views Editor

Bylaws:
OKNA Bylaws (PDF)
Other Portland neighborhood’s bylaws

OKNA’s E-mail Weekly Update:
OKNA’s weekly e-mail update is a way for you to receive time-sensitive information from the neighborhood association specific to Overlook and OKNA’s areas of interest. These are usually public notices about hearings or meetings, neighbor work parties or other non-commercial notices we receive. E-mails are sent in a digest format, usually once per week on Fridays.

To join the list, please enter your email address in the Yahoo! box on the right and look for your confirmation email (check your spam folder and whitelist our address).

If you would like to contribute something to the list, please email it to us at info@ overlookneighborhood.org with ‘Post to List’ in the subject line (see more below).

OKNA’s E-mail Policy:
The Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA), as a means of communicating with resident of the neighborhood, maintains an e-mail address list (the List). Residents may subscribe to the List through the OKNA website or by sending an email to: info@ overlookneighborhood.org.

Typically, the e-mail list is used to send out time-sensitive information about OKNA activities, government activities or hearings of interest to the community, events or crime reports. The List is not intended for any commercial use. The OKNA Board considers the List a valuable resource for communicating with the community, and is committed to keeping the number of mailings manageable and relevant. The names and e-mail addresses of members are not sold, rented, shared or used for any purpose other than those explained here.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association, its board and its members do not endorse the events, programs, services or other items included in the Overlook E-Blast. This information is provided as a community service.

Submissions to the E-Blast should be received no later than Wednesday at 8 p.m. to be included in the following Friday’s E-Blast. They can be sent to info@overlookneighborhood.org. We reserve the right to edit and decide on all content printed in the E-Blast and other OKNA publications.

Thank you for your contributions and support.

OKNA’s Facebook Page & Policy:
Join OKNA on Facebook. Please like our page, subscribe to the updates, and post your own neighborhood information. The Facebook page is open for Overlook business neighbors to post updates, including commercial postings. Please keep public discourse civil and friendly. Facebook posts may be moderated in extreme cases.

Donation & Tax Information:
The Overlook Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more detailed information on how to make a donation please contact OKNA at info@ overlookneighborhood.org. Thank You!