About

Who are we?

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? For Tacoma to become a more livable, safer, and united city, a broad and diverse cross section of citizens must join together to develop projects and implement positive changes in their neighborhood.

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.

Where are we?

The South End neighborhood is bound to the north by I-5, to the east by Pacific Avenue and along East 72nd Street where it completes its eastern boundary, and uses Tacoma’s city limits at South 96th Street as its southern boundary. Click here for a boundary map.

When do we meet?

The Board meets at 7:00 pm at Fire Station #8, 4911 South Alaska, Tacoma, WA 98408 on the 4th Monday of January & February, the 3rd Monday from March- November, and we recess in December.  

What does a neighborhood council do?

  • Maintain itself as an independent, nonprofit organization
  • Recruit a diverse membership
  • Meet at least four times a year
  • Review and make recommendations on the City’s budget
  • Develop an annual plan and supporting budget and provide them to the City Council
  • Provide annual report to City Council
  • Adopt By-Laws, Rules, and Procedures
  • Mobilize existing resources to respond to neighborhoods needs
  • Undertake improvement projects
  • Identify and develop solutions to mutual problems

Current Board Members

Chair  – Athena Brewer

Vice Chair – Melissa Dunbar

Treasurer – Daniel Thomasson

Recording Secretary – Penny Grellier

Correspondence Secretary – Christina Rupp

Tony Caldwell

Cary Nilson

Eric Paulsen

David Thompson

Libby Armstrong

OPEN SEAT This could be you!

Board positions are staggered in two year terms. The application and position descriptions are available here. Please send inquiries and applications to senco253@gmail.com.