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.


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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 and 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.  


Jack Jewsbury
Portland Timbers and Thorns

Sarah McMullin
Nike, Inc.

Melissa Naito
Retired, City of Portland Bureau of Development Services

Cristin O'Brien
Sorel Footwear

Zari Santner
Former Director of Portland Parks & Recreation

Ex Officio Members                    
Todd Lofgren
Senior Policy Director, Commissioner Nick Fish

Patricia Frobes
Parks Board Chair

Kia Selley
Interim Director, Portland Parks & Recreation

Mary Ruble - Chair
Community Volunteer

Rich George - Vice-Chair
Portland General Electric

Lee Novak - Treasurer
Fore Property Company

JR Lilly
Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA)

Julie Vigeland – Past Chair
Community Volunteer

Jules Bailey - At-Large Exec. Committee Member
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

Kathryn Beaumont
Retired, Portland City Attorney's Office

Mary Anne Cassin
Retired, Portland Parks & Recreation

Jim Francesconi
Moda Health

Jorge Guzman
Vive Northwest