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As a city, we value the wonderful diversity of races, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations and socio-economic status that represent the people in our neighborhoods and business districts. To ensure that all voices of community members are heard, it is especially important that the city's outreach and engagement efforts are respectful and appropriate for everyone.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Outreach and Engagement Program is designed to increase access to information, resources, and civic processes for the diverse groups and individuals in each neighborhood, including historically underrepresented populations.

We do this work through Neighborhood Planning efforts, Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons and our Neighborhood District Coordinators, a team of professionals located in offices throughout Seattle who serve as resources and liaisons for community members. Together they assist other city departments in their outreach and engagement needs ensuring that city government provides information to all community members, forges connections, fosters relationships, and receives rich, diverse, and meaningful civic participation.

Historically underrepresented groups served by the Outreach and Engagement Program

  • Afaan-Oromo Speakers
  • African Americans
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Amharic Speakers
  • Cambodian (Khmer Speakers)
  • Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese Speakers)
  • Filipino (Tagalog and English Speakers)
  • Hispanic and Latino Communities
  • Hmong
  • Laos Community


  • Mien
  • People Living with Disabilities
  • Renters
  • Seniors
  • Small businesses
  • Somalis
  • Tigrinya Speakers
  • Vietnamese
  • Youth


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