Who are we?

The South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) is an independent non-profit (501c3) corporation formed to address issues and concern at the neighborhood level and to work cooperatively with neighborhood groups for the attainment of neighborhood goals. SENCo seeks to encourage the participation of all citizens in the governmental process and to maximize their use of resources through the concepts of community and group organization and utilization of available services and funding sources. SENCo believes that the quality of life within our neighborhoods is of common interest, as well as our goals of social and economic justice for building and maintaining relationships within our communities. SENCo aims to foster a partnership of open communications between all groups, the City of Tacoma, and its neighborhoods.

Current Board Members

Seat 1  Cary Nilson

Seat 2  Melissa Knott – Vice Chair

Seat 3  David Thompson

Seat 4  Tony Caldwell

Seat 5  OPEN

Seat 6  Eric Paulsen

Seat 7  Daniel Thomasson

Seat 8  Treyvon Dunbar

Seat 9  Athena Brewer – Chair

Seat 10  Andrea Haug – Corresponding Secretary

Seat 11  Penny Grellier – Recording Secretary

Odd numbered seats elected in November of odd numbered years.

Even numbered seats elected in November of even numbered years.

What does a neighborhood council do?

  • Maintain independent nonprofit organization status
  • Recruit a diverse membership
  • Meet at least 4 times per year
  • Undertake improvement projects
  • Identify and develop solutions to mutual problems
  • Mobilize existing resources to respond to neighborhoods needs
  • Review neighborhood issues and make recommendations to the City
  • Develop an annual plan and supporting budget provided to the City Council
  • Provide annual report to City Council
  • Adopt and follow by-laws, rules, and procedures

When/where do we meet?

Our monthly General Meeting is held at 7pm on the first Monday of every month except for December when we recess for the holidays. 

Currently we are grateful to be hosting all of our meetings over Zoom    (Meeting ID: 783 240 9538).                                                                                            Typically we get together at Fire Station #8 on South Alaska Avenue               (4911 S Alaska Ave, 98408), and we look forward to resuming in-person meetings in accordance with CoT guidance. We will continue to share meetings live online even when we return to the in-person format.

Where are we on a map?

The South End Neighborhood Council area is about seven square miles with a population of nearly 40,000 people.

The boundaries are as follows: North: I-5 East: Pacific Avenue until East 72nd Street where McKinley becomes the eastern boundary South: South 96th Street West: I-5

Click here for a boundary map.

Why are we a neighborhood council?

In September 1992, the City Council passed legislation designating eight Neighborhood Councils whose boundaries correspond to the City’s traditional planning areas. Each Neighborhood Council serves as an independent, non-profit citizen-based efforts for neighborhood improvement.

Why get involved in a neighborhood council? Working towards a more livable, safe, and equitable city, we benefit from a broad and diverse community to help develop projects and implement positive changes in the South End neighborhood as a whole.


Updated June 1, 2021