Jesse Beason
Director of Public Affairs 
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As Director of Public Affairs, Jesse leads the Foundation’s work in communications, policy, government relations and partnership development.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Jesse served as Executive Director of Proud Ground, a nonprofit organization helping low-income families purchase their first home. Previously, he served as Senior Policy Director of Housing, Culture and Planning for then-Commissioner, and former Portland mayor, Sam Adams. Prior to that, Jesse worked in public affairs at Metro.

Jesse moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland in 1999 to attend Lewis & Clark College where he completed his undergraduate studies, magna cum laude, in communications. Jesse is a graduate of Neighborhood Partnerships’ Future Leaders Initiative, a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and recognized by Portland Business Journal as a top 40 under 40 and Portland Monthly as a Rising Star. He was a 2014 cohort member of the African American Leadership Academy.

Jesse serves on Yes for Affordable Homes Executive Committee, and Communities of Color for a Just Oregon (Color PAC) and JustPortland's boards of directors. He is also chair of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Community Advisory Board and a co-chair of the Portland African American Leadership Forum's Housing Committee. Previously, Jesse was the chair of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, a board member at the Regional Arts & Culture Council and a board member for the National Community Land Trust Network.

Jesse and his partner live in North Portland with 50,000 honeybees.

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