As Mayor, it has been critically important to me that all Gresham residents feel safe, welcome, and have an opportunity to thrive in our community. With one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the Portland metropolitan area, Gresham’s diversity is a huge strength, and we have worked extremely hard to ensure the greatest possible opportunity for all of our children and families.
What We’ve Done:
- Hired the City’s first ever Director of 21st Century Policing.
- Worked on the US Conference of Mayors “Mayors and Police Chiefs Task Force” to help create national policy in 21st Century Policing.
- Opened the City of Gresham up to Summerworks internships at City Hall for Gresham’s young people, giving an excellent opportunity to a very diverse group of Gresham students.
- The Pathways to Employment program was implemented in recent years to help ensure that Gresham’s kids can compete successfully for City of Gresham jobs.
- Robust expansion in recreational opportunities, with a focus on inclusion. Late night Basketball available now on Friday and Saturday nights, and regular futsal programming and tournaments available through the City. Also brought back free summer recreation in the parks through SKIP, which includes structured programming and a free lunch.
- Signed the National Mayors’ Compact against Hate and Extremism and promoted it nationally.