David Sweet is a full-time volunteer focused on projects that make his neighborhood, city and region more equitable, sustainable and resilient. He lives in a cohousing community in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland.
David spent 25 years with the City of Portland Bureau of Buildings (now Development Services) working on neighborhood and housing issues, including the revitalization of inner North and Northeast Portland in the 1980s/1990s. The success of these efforts led to the displacement of low-income families and people of color. Now, through Portland For Everyone and other efforts, he is working to prevent displacement and retain the economic and ethnic diversity of Portland neighborhoods.