Bruce Morrison is a 5th generation Portlander, but spent 30-plus years out of town as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. His last assignment was as Colin Powell’s chief information officer (assistant secretary for information technology). His PDNA goal is to help his neighbors make this a neighborhood that would be even more astounding to his great grandfather.
Bill Dolan and his wife have lived in and enjoyed the Pearl District for 8 years. Bill volunteers to keep the neighborhood safe and clean so he can continue to raise his two children here.
As an advocate for livability and good communications, Stan wants to help PDNA in fostering the goal of making improvements where necessary while maintaining the core values that keep the Pearl vibrant, strong and a wonderful place in which to live, work and visit. Specifically, Stan wants us to actively continue addressing livability and safety concerns including: noise; trash; graffiti; the intimidation of solicitors and some street people; and, with an improving economy, maintaining a watchful eye on future development.
Valerie is a transplant to Oregon, having lived in Texas until 2013. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for LRS Architects and enjoys all facets of the A/E/C industry. She is especially passionate about how architecture and the built environment can shape a community, and the community in turn can shape its environment. Currently the Communications Committee Chair for the PDNA, she is also a member of two committees for SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services). Valerie and her fiancé were drawn to the Pearl District for the intimate feel to the downtown neighborhood and hope to continue living here for a long time to come.
Kate is a graduate student in Portland State University’s Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program. She has lived in the Pearl District since 2011 and is active in the PDNA on communications and planning committees. Kate enjoys researching the Pearl and sharing its unique capacities locally and abroad.
Reza Farhoodi has lived in Portland since 2009, including the Pearl District for the last three years. He is a member of the Planning and Transportation Committee, where he works primarily on transportation issues affecting the neighborhood. He also serves on several city committees representing the PDNA, including the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Streetcar Citizen Advisory Committee, and various stakeholder advisory committees for local plans and projects. In his spare time, Reza advocates for increasing housing supply and improving transit, pedestrian, and bicycle connections as part of a dense, more vibrant city. He works as a transportation planner for a consulting firm and commutes by bicycle or Streetcar.
John has lived in Portland since 1997 and moved to the Pearl District in 2012. John chairs PDNA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. John also serves as the team leader for the Pearl District Neighborhood Emergency Team. Professionally, John is a consultant specializing in sustainable community, economic, and real estate development and finance.
Sara is an urban designer and has been a homeowner in the Pearl since 2009. She is an advocate for walkable and livable communities and has a passion for neighborhoods and their role in happiness and health for the residents and visitors. Sara enjoys spending time at the local parks with her boyfriend, his son and their dog Finny.
BettyLou’s work as an anesthesiologist brought her to Portland in 1996. She moved to the Pearl in 2005. As she served on her HOA Board, she noted the work of the PDNA wasn’t understood by many in her building. In an attempt to become part of the solution to this challenge, she joined the PDNA Board in 2013. She’s served on the Communications Committee since that time.
BettyLou and her husband enjoy both the vibrancy and convenience of urban living. On those rare days when she drives her car in the neighborhood, she sometimes worries that she might walk home instead of driving home.
Bruce moved to Portland in 2004, drawn to the dense, European-like Pearl District for its fine-grained texture and “urban village” feel. He’s participated actively in the PDNA by serving on all 3 committees at various times. His hope is that we can collectively preserve the best of the Pearl’s industrial past while also creating an even more vibrant future through new projects. Bruce worked as a manager for 22 years with the New York City Transit Authority after earning his MPA degree at NYU. He’s a New Jersey native and first studied community planning at the University of Cincinnati in the 1970s.
Joan Pendergast is a retired pharmacist transformed into a professional volunteer. She has lived in the Pearl for 13 years and been on the PDNA board for 12 years. She serves on the board of the Zimmerman Community Center, is a member of the Pearl Rotary and First Immanuel Lutheran Church. She loves to knit and read. Watching the neighborhood grow from one with no merchants or amenities to one with all the benefits of a small town has been exciting.
Andy has lived in the Pearl District for 7 years and is an Owner/Partner of 3 Northwest Oregon businesses, a Winery, a Restaurant and Software company. In addition to PDNA, he is active in the community as Vice Chair of the Board of Riverstone Condominiums and serves on the Advisory Board of the Hoyt Street Yards Community Association. He hopes to ensure that ongoing development is balanced with maintaining livability for current residents and the unique nature of our neighborhood.
Glenn has lived in the Pearl for the past four years at both the Louisa Apartments and Bridgeport Condominiums. He is an active board member of the Bridgeport Condominiums and enjoys bicycling through Portland and taking photos of the city. He spends time working with neighborhood groups to enhance the Pearl’s economic, social, political and environmental health.
Tracy has been passionate about the Pearl District since her move to Portland in 2010 and has been on the board for two years. Tracy is also President of the Portland Pearl Rotary and Board Chair of the Pearl District Business Association. She has a seat at the table at all three organizations to act as community liaison and help streamline communications that support the initiatives in the Pearl District.
In her free time, you’ll find Tracy on the trails of Forest Park or running along the river. She lives in the Pearl with her husband, Greg and their Australian Terrier, Winston.