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, from 2008 to 2013. Previously, Jesse 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 serves on the board of directors of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, National Community Land Trust Network, Oregon Public Broadcasting's Community Advisory Board and JustPortland. He is also a member of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission. 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 is a 2014 cohort member of the African American Leadership Academy.
Jesse and his partner live in North Portland with a cat and 50,000 honeybees.