Portland Meet Portland welcomes and befriends immigrants and refugees, enriching community by creating mutually beneficial mentoring opportunities and dialogue that promote cross-cultural learning, enhance work skills and build trust.


Meet Portland Meet Portland Executive Director

Have you met our new Executive Director, Manuel Padilla? If not, get to know him through this radio interview with Eugene's local NPR station. Manuel is interviewed about his work with the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon." 

You can learn more about his extensive experience working with immigrants and refugees and facilitating dialogues for greater understanding in our Staff and Board page

We are very excited for Manuel to lead our vision for bridging the gap between cultures in our Portland community. 

 Portland Meet Portland weaves mentorship opportunities into targeted services with immigrant and refugee newcomers. 


1-1 Professional Development and Mentoring

Immigrants and refugees who come to Portland often face major obstacles in developing their careers here in the United States. Portland Meet Portland helps support their transition into a new professional life through mentoring and network building. But mentorship is not a one way street. Immigrants and refugees also offer mentorship and skill building for personal and professional development to their mentor matches. 


Citizenship and ESL Education

Portland Meet Portland (PMP) recognizes the wide range of educational, work, and creative life skills that refugees and immigrants bring with them to their new homes in the United States. We understand that becoming a citizen and learning English are essential to newcomers’ confidence building and success in school, work and community.  We offer custom tailored and flexible ESL and citizenship education classes. 


Lived Citizenship

Youth Leadership Development and Lived Citizenship

The children of immigrants and refugees have a unique adjustment experience living between the cultural traditions of their parents and the existing social context of their new “American” friends. PMP facilitates positive youth development - both for immigrants and refugees and for ‘mainstream’ youth through cross-cultural learning, exploring the meaning of citizenship, service, leadership and volunteer opportunities. 


Cross Cultural Training and Dialogue Facilitation

Portland Meet Portland (PMP) contracts with public agencies, private businesses, schools, community associations, and nonprofits interested in cross-cultural training workshops and dialogue facilitation concerning immigrant/refugee communities, cultures, and conflict. Our vision is to facilitate intercultural communication, improve cultural competency and build bridges of understanding in our local community.

If these services interest you and you'd like to get involved, become a mentor! Learn more here.