About Portland African American Leadership Forum

The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) is one of the national African American Leadership Forums created out of Minnesota’s African American Leadership Forum established in 2007. PAALF was  established in 2009 by a Steering Committee of 20 local African American leaders with significant professional experience in advocacy, social services, government affairs, fundraising, economic development, public education and health care. PAALF’s mission is to solve issues that challenge the Portland African American community in a unified and collaborative way. PAALF’s primary goal is to enforce an action agenda that improves the health and wellbeing of local African Americans. Its’ work addresses the unique and interrelated issues of poverty and disparities that challenge us as a community.

In short: PAALF is a convener of African American leaders around a public policy agenda that impacts the community in the areas of housing & economic development, education, health, and civic engagement/leadership.