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Jesse Beason

Northwest Health Foundation
Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs
Portland, Oregon Area

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 serves on Amplify’s board of directors and the Steering Committee of the Portland African American Leadership Forum. He is also chair of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Community Advisory Board. He’s member emeritus of the Portland Housing Advisory CommissionRegional 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.