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Jesse Beason
Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs 

Jesse leads the Foundation’s work in communications, public policy, government relations and partnership development.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Jesse served as Executive Director of Proud Ground, as Senior Policy Director of Housing, Culture and Planning for then-Commissioner Sam Adams and in public affairs at Metro.

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 Color PAC's board of directors, the Steering Committee of the Portland African American Leadership Forum and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation's Advisory Board. He is also chair of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Community Advisory Board. He’s member emeritus of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, National Community Land Trust Network (now Grounded Solutions) and Yes for Affordable Homes Executive Committee.

Jesse moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. He stayed. Jesse and his partner now live in North Portland. 

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