Since 2001, we've contributed over $13 million for Portland's parks and park programs. Through leadership and partnership, we continue to raise friends and funds for Portland parks.
Randy Gragg, Executive Director
Randy Gragg is a longtime parks activist and supporter who has worked as a writer, editor, and producer in Portland for the past 29 years.
Among recent projects, Randy co-developed the $4.5-million private/public partnership to restore renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s Portland Open Space Sequence (Keller Fountain, Pettygrove Park, and Lovejoy Fountain). Working with Design Week Portland, he produced LoopPDX, an international design competition and exhibit for Portland’s Green Loop, a 6-mile pedestrian/bike greenway connecting Portland’s central city neighborhoods. As a board member for Pioneer Courthouse Square, he co-created the Square’s first artist-in-residence program. In 2017, he curated “Quest for Beauty: the Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon,” a retrospective of one Oregon’s most influential architects and conservationists.” As a journalist, Randy served four years as editor in chief for the city magazine, Portland Monthly, and 17 years as columnist on urban issues for Portland’s then-major newspaper, The Oregonian.
He was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2005 and a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University in 1994. Randy lives in a triplex near Laurelhurst Park where he frequently strolls (and occasionally skis) through Emanuel Mische’s stunning design. In his spare time, he bikes the West Hills and hikes in Forest Park and the Columbia River Gorge.
Jessica Green, operations & Program officer
Jessica Green joined the Portland Parks Foundation in January 2017. Prior to coming to PPF, she co-founded her own run coaching company in Brooklyn, NY offering virtual and personal training throughout the U.S. For the last six years she oversaw all operational and financial components for her business in addition to providing coaching services. Before starting her own business, Jessica was committed to the outdoors working as a geologist for TRC Environmental Consulting, Inc., an environmental remediation firm. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geology from Hamilton College in upstate New York. Her passion for the outdoors and public parks is strong. She spends much of her free time running along the trails in Forest Park or playing in one of Portland’s many amazing parks with her husband and three children.
Kristie Perry, Development & Communications Director
Kristie Perry brings more than 20 years of fundraising, communications, advocacy, and public policy experience to her role as Development and Communications Director at the Portland Parks Foundation.
Upon moving to Portland in 1996, Kristie began volunteering with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department as a means of connecting with her new community. Transplanting seedlings at the Mt. Tabor Nursery and distributing landscape plants to parks throughout the city proved an excellent introduction to Portland’s green spaces, culture, and diverse neighborhoods. Since then, she has worked and volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations that engage in building healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. An active park user and booster, she regularly visits Mt. Tabor and Forest Park for dog-walking, trail running, bicycling, and head-clearing. Please contact Kristie if you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Portland Parks Foundation.
Portland Timbers and Thorns
Ex Officio Members
Chief of Staff, Commissioner Nick Fish
Director, Portland Parks & Recreation
Former Director of Portland Parks & Recreation
Mary Ruble - Chair
Jules Bailey - Vice-Chair
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
Lee Novak - Treasurer
Fore Property Company
JR Lilly - Secretary
City of Portland
Julie Vigeland – Past Chair
Rich George - At-Large Exec. Committee Member
Portland General Electric
Melissa Naito - At-Large Exec. Committee Member
Retired, City of Portland Bureau of Development Services
Retired, Portland City Attorney's Office
Mary Anne Cassin
Retired, Portland Parks & Recreation