The Oregon iSector

A New Sector for Community Innovation

A New Sector for Community Innovation

Imagine a new sector where leaders from the public, private and civic sectors can seize opportunities to integrate and leverage resources and take unified action on complex economic, environmental, and social challenges. Imagine a new sector that connects public, private and civic partners and makes it easier for them to work together to build a thriving Oregon.

Oregon leaders from the public, private and civic sectors need a platform and infrastructure that enables them to work easily together across sectors to initiate and conduct successful partnerships that utilize their collective capacities to meet these challenges.


We visualize a new sector where leaders from the public, private and civic sectors bring their resources together to take unified action on complex economic, environmental and social challenges. A new sector where synergies among the sectors lead to innovative solutions. A new sector that inspires hope in our ability to solve problems.


In today’s world, public, private, and civic sector leaders face complex challenges on issues ranging from health care to housing to education and poverty. Now, more than ever, these challenges are best solved with joint action. While individual investments help contribute to solutions, the iSector’s unique approach results in all three sectors bringing their resources together to solve challenges holistically. When leaders find ways to work together through the iSector they can truly seize opportunities.


The Oregon iSector is building a platform for launching innovative partnerships to enable public, private and civic leaders at both the state and local levels to come together to address complex problems and achieve sustainable outcomes. The Oregon iSector Board is made up of experienced leaders from across sectors who have created these kinds of partnerships.

What an iSector Partnership Looks Like,

The Housing Innovation Partnership

Oregon is in a tie for last in having the worst housing deficit in the United States. In a crisis, there is a lot of chaos and it can be hard to see the way forward. People tend to double down on preserving the institutions that have been developed over time, but we need to look at this housing crisis objectively and understand that we will not get out of it by doing things the same way we have been. We need a new set of tools.

To that end, a Housing Innovation Partnership has been initiated to bring leaders together to develop and implement an innovative plan to help produce more housing units as soon as possible. The partners come from all sectors – government, business, the nonprofit world, and foundations – committed to addressing our state’s current housing crisis through innovation, systems change, and community implementation.

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