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.
Jeff Anderson, Executive Director
Jeff Anderson assumed his role as Executive Director of the Foundation in October 2015. He served for nearly 17 years with The Oregon Community Foundation, first as Senior Program Officer and then from 2010 to 2015 as Executive Vice President and COO, where among other work he led OCF’s initial development of equity, diversity and inclusion strategies. Jeff’s background also includes leading a major development campaign with Lewis & Clark College, grantmaking and organizing for community-based organizations, chairing the board of Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington, and serving on the leadership council for Partners in Diversity. Jeff moved to Oregon decades ago, within a couple of years of receiving his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and immediately became a fan of Portland’s parks, where he continues to enjoy concerts, biking, hiking, learning and just plain idling—in addition to helping build the support to sustain these great public spaces.
Kamla Hurst, development & Program officer
Kamla Hurst joined the Portland Parks Foundation in March 2017. She served as the development director of Oregon Humanities for nearly seven years. Kamla has also served as development director for the University of Washington's performing arts center, On the Boards, in Seattle and as an assistant director of development for the University of Chicago's Humanities Division. She serves on the board of Boom Arts, whose mission is to imagine new social and political possibilities through live performance. Kamla received her bachelor’s degree in English from Lewis and Clark and pursued interdisciplinary graduate studies at the University of Chicago.
Kamla is excited to help ensure parks are safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for all. From being married in Cathedral Park, to hosting boisterous ninja themed birthday parties at Dawson Park, to watching her sons beam with pride as they learn to swim at Peninsula Park, Kamla and her family have enjoyed many cherished moments in Portland's parks.
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 two children.
John pfeil, interim operations officer
John Pfeil joined the Portland Parks Foundation in May 2018 while Jessica is on parental leave. Before moving to Portland he was a project coordinator in Northern Uganda, working with local schools, and an executive assistant at a legal aid organization in Kolkata, India. Since moving to Portland, two years ago, he’s worked at Boly:Welch and Mercy Corps. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Azusa Pacific University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University.
John developed a love for parks while exploring Kolkata’s fascinating public spaces. His favorite local park experiences are the sunset applause at Mock’s Crest, experiencing the changing seasons at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Tualatin Hills Nature Park and doing his Saturday long runs on Wildwood Trail.
Portland Timbers and Thorns
Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA)
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
Pamela Weatherspoon - Secretary
Julie Vigeland – Past Chair
Jules Bailey - At-Large Exec. Committee Member
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
Retired, Portland City Attorney's Office
Mary Anne Cassin
Retired, Portland Parks & Recreation