Know your board: Jim Hlava

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jim Hlava
Jim Hlava

Jim Hlava, a Portland resident for the last 32 years, has lived in the Hollywood District for 25 years. His connection to the Eliot neighborhood is through his employment as a social worker with Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare, Inc .  Cascadia owns the building at 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which is the home of the Garlington Center, which is one of three of their outpatient mental health and addiction treatment programs in Multnomah County.  He has worked for Cascadia for 28 years and currently is the VP of Housing.

Jim likes the Eliot neighborhood because of its rich history and has joined the board to stay connected with the neighborhood where he works.  In his free time Jim likes to spend time with his family, bicycle, walk with his dog, garden and read.  He has a vision for Eliot to have more outreach to the neighbors in order to get more people involved with activities, events and issues in Eliot.

Jim has been a board member since 2008, is a committee member for the Neighborhood Outreach for the Eliot Conversations and is participating in the Diversity/Equity/Inclusion committee.