Dr. Paul Leistner is the Neighbourhood Program Coordinator for the City of Portland, Oregon and supports Portland’s internationally recognized citywide community and neighborhood involvement system. Paul has a background in public administration and policy analysis and has worked in the non-profit sector supporting community-based research on a wide range of policy issues. Paul also brings to his work 20 years of experience as a volunteer neighborhood activist and leader in Portland. Paul received a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University. His dissertation reviewed the 40-year evolution of Portland’s community and neighborhood involvement system and identified structures, program elements, policies, and practices needed to encourage and support greater local democracy, dynamics that help or hinder the evolution of citywide community involvement systems, and strategies to embed and sustain system advances. Paul is the leading spokesperson for Portland’s community and neighborhood involvement system and has shared Portland’s model with government officials and staff, community activists, and researchers from across the nation and around the world.