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 in Iowa and a master's degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Before moving to Portland, Jean taught ESL in South Korea for several years. 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.
Jennie London (School Garden Educutor & 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.
Jessica Roja (Board Member, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods)
Jessica brings extensive knowledge around the intersections of race, gender, class and the environment. She works for NE Coalition of Neighborhoods as the Community and Environmental Engagement Manager. She is a 3rd generation Oregonian, raised in NE Portland. Jessica previously worked for the City of Portland, Metro and Cafe Mam. She is a lay herbalist and also serves on the board for the NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.
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.