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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.
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Yasmine Foroud has been an active member within the Pearl District community since first moving here in 2005. Her initial efforts were as a member of the Pearl Party Planning Committee. Over the years, she has become a board member, the chair of the Fundraising committee – focusing efforts on the Annual Pearl Party, and most recently co-Vice President of the PDNA. She has seen the neighborhood grow into the vibrant and active community it is today and she wants nothing more than to continue to grow the community while keeping the integrity of the neighborhood’s goals intact.
Bill Dolan and his wife have lived in and enjoyed the Pearl District for 6 years. His hope for the neighborhood is that it will maintain its livability and uniqueness. 50 years from now he would love for it to be a neighborhood that his children will be proud to have been raised in.
Kate Washington moved to the Pearl District with her husband in 2011 in order to attend Portland State University. Kate is determined to explore more inclusive solutions. The Pearl is home to a wide variety of incomes and it is important to her that the PDNA finds ways to invite every neighbor to participate. As a student with urban planning goals, Kate is grateful for the opportunity to experience urbanism at its finest, right outside her front door.
Julie Donaldson is a retired Speech Language Pathologist who moved to the Pearl in 1999 from Salem, Oregon. There she was on the following boards: Children’s Educational Theater, Salem Hospital Auxiliary, American Association of University Women, among others. She headed up the Marion County Foster Care Review Boards, was an advocate for Wards of the Court for the Marion County Juvenile Department. While in Portland she has been active with AAUW and was on the Pinnacle HOA board, and is currently the Oversight Chair of the Pearl Graffiti Busters.
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Jack Featheringill is a Professor Emeritus of Theater from PSU where he taught, was graduate adviser, was producer-director and for 11 years served as department chair. Working for the Pearl neighborhood, he was a member of the Livability Committee for a year and currently serves on the Planning Committee. His goal is to maintain and advance our neighborhood and assure that it continues to move forward.
Tom Harvey is a professor of geography at Portland State University where he teaches about urban landscapes and sustainable cities, with a particular interest in the relationship between city and country. He has lived in the Pearl District since 1995, doing his part to protect the Portland region from urban sprawl (working) and the world from global warming (not so much). He enjoys photography and the hill towns of Tuscany.
Bruce Levy 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.
Pat Lydon has lived in the Pearl District since 2005 and has enjoyed serving on the association board and various committees for most of that time. He finds it particularly rewarding to be able to influence the design, development and continuous improvement of the neighborhood through his involvement in the association.
Kris Moore has served as Executive Director of Zimmerman Community Center since May 2011, using his strategic planning experience to lead ZCC’s child care licensing. Kris has worked on community efforts as a board chair, founding executive director, foundation trustee, and event planner. The vibrancy and friendliness of his neighbors inspire him to explore all aspects of the Pearl, and to encourage greater participation among generations.
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.
As an advocate for livability and good communications, Stanley Penkin 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 want 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.
Jason Sharkey graduated from Western Oregon University with a BS in Education, Minor Business. He has an extensive Background in Management and Customer Service and also in construction and property maintenance. He has worked for Community Management, Inc. since 2007.