7 Networking Opportunities for Young Professionals in Portland

Get out there and meet new people – it may be just the ticket on the path to finding a new job. There are so many networking events in Portland, Oregon that you could go to at least one event per week, but how do you choose which ones are worth your time?

Here are seven of my favorite networking events for young professionals in Portland:

1. Emerging Professionals of Portland

Organized by the Portland Business Alliance, the local chamber of commerce, EPOP offers programming focused on educational and professional development, as well as civic engagement and networking opportunities.

2. Say Hey

Partners in Diversity puts on quite a party at this quarterly event aimed at connecting the multicultural community. Highly recommended for all young professionals. Not to be missed.

3. Urban League of Portland Young Professionals

The Urban League of Portland hosts monthly professional and personal development programming for young professionals, aged 21-40, to connect them to the League’s work in advocacy, civic engagement and workforce development.

4. YNPN Portland

If you’re interested in nonprofit work, this is the group for you! The local chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network supports the development of young professionals to strengthen their role in a viable, inclusive, and collaborative nonprofit sector.


If you can break away for a long lunch, the Portland chapter of The American Marketing Association puts on two luncheons per month. Be sure to show up at 11:30 for networking and then enjoy a nice lunch during an informative presentation.

6. SEMpdx

Creator of the very popular SEMpdx Rooftop Party, this group knows how to create buzz. If you missed this year’s event, make sure to put it on your calendar for next time. Held outside with over 600 attendees for a small fee of $15, this networking event is not to be missed.

7. NAO Professional Development Networks

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon, the state’s leading authority on the vital nonprofit sector, offers great networking opportunities for professionals young and old. In the Portland area, NAO networking groups for Equity and Inclusion, the Nonprofit Leaders, and the Nonprofit Fiscal Managers. Networks meet regularly to hear timely and expert updates on nonprofit management practices and get tools and resources they can take back to their organizations to improve effectiveness.