Commissioner Beason

About Commissioner Jesse Beason

Jesse Beason has worked at Northwest Health Foundation since 2013. Before becoming President in January 2019, he served as Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. 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 the board of directors for Oregon Climate Action, Proteus Action League, and Oregon Public Broadcasting; and the advisory boards of Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Oregon Futures Lab, and North Star Civic Foundation. He’s member emeritus of Imagine Black, Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council and National Community Land Trust Network (now Grounded Solutions).

Jesse moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College two decades ago. He’s a proud uncle, a semi-closeted sci-fi geek and a middling beekeeper. Jesse and his partner live in North Portland.

Commissioner Beason is speaking from the dias during a joint Multnomah County and City of Portland meeting

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