Now in our 15th year, we've contributed over $11 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 will officially become the Portland Parks Foundation’s executive director January 1, 2019. He 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 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.
Mary Anne Cassin
Retired, Portland Parks & Recreation
Retired, City of Portland Bureau of Development Services
Former Director of Portland Parks & Recreation
Ex Officio Members
Senior Policy Director, Commissioner Nick Fish
Cogan Owens Greene, LLC
PP&R Board Member
Interim Director, Portland Parks & Recreation
Mary Ruble - Chair
Rich George - Vice-Chair
Portland General Electric
Lee Novak - Treasurer
Fore Property Company
Julie Vigeland – Past Chair
Jules Bailey - At-Large Exec. Committee Member
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
Retired, Portland City Attorney's Office
Portland Timbers and Thorns
Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA)