Staff & Board
David Beller (Executive Director)
David has over 15 years of experience in horticulture, agriculture, food policy and community food projects. He earned a bachelor degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master of public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. David managed the California Polytechnic State University Organic Farm and was a researcher for the California Food Policy Advocates. David also worked as the Program Officer of Mercy Corps Northwest’s agriculture project, helping 100 local refugee farmers improve their skills and incomes.
Jean Zondervan (Outreach and Community Gardens Coordinator)
Jean grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She earned a bachelor degree in English and Communications from Dordt College and a master degree in English from Austin State University. Jean has over a decade of experience working for local non-profits including The Portland Art Museum and The Library Foundation. Jean has been with Grow Portland since 2012.
Christopher LaRose (Community Education Coordinator)
Christopher is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden where he also served as a second-year instructor. Christopher worked in New York City as a social worker and garden instructor for homeless youth. He was the garden manager at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the Gallatin School at New York University.
Annie Chensoff (Garden School Educator)
Annie is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango. She worked as the School Garden Specialist at Denver Public Schools providing support to school gardens across the district through site visits, design and installation, curriculum development and outreach with local organizations. She also worked as a youth garden educator and coordinator at the Discovery Museum and Garden Project in Durango. Annie has completed several Permaculture certificates.
Jennie London (Seed Saving Coordinator)
Jennie earned a master of science from Prescott College and a bachelor degree from Colorado College. She is a part-time instructor in the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College and also works for Baker Creek Seeds where she researches and writes seed histories. Jennie has worked with indigenous farmers to refine conservation and seed saving practices. She has worked on a number of organic farms and is fluent in Spanish.
Weston Miller (Board Member, Oregon State University Extension Service)
Weston serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service for the tri-county Portland metro area. Part of his duties include managing the Master Gardener and Beginning Urban Farm Apprenticeship.
Percy Hampton (Board Member, retired from Laborers Local 296)
Percy worked for 41 years in the Laborers Local union where he served in a variety of positions. He also worked as a Job Developer with the nonprofit, Constructing Hope, helping people of color and those with backgrounds in incarceration to pursue careers in the construction trades. He was an early leader in Portland’s Black Panther Party.
Nellie McAdams (Board Member, Rogue Farm Corps)
Nellie is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a publicly elected Director of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. She works as Rogue Farm Corp’s Farm Preservation Program Director. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Nellie helps manage her family’s hazelnut farm in Gaston.
Bill Kabeiseman (Board Member, Bateman Seidel)
Bill Kabeiseman has practiced Oregon land use and municipal law for over 15 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon for Land Use Law. Bill serves as general counsel for cities and other governmental entities, addressing the wide variety of issues that arise in land use, public contracting and election law.