Who We Are
Any organization is only as good as their people. Luckily, our people are wonderful.
Founder & Executive Director
Tracy started Urban Gleaners in 2006 with the simple observation that there were hungry people in the Portland community who could be fed with good, edible food that was being thrown away every day in our city. Tracy was previously the owner of a catering company in Los Angeles and sold a packaged food product in local grocery stores. Her love of food and interest in community activism was a natural combination that led to the founding of Urban Gleaners.
Director of Development
Ashley grew up on an organic farm here in Oregon. Together with her husband and toddler, she remotely farms a small herd of miniature cattle and occasionally raises a turkey or forty. A fan of innovation, efficiency, and thriving communities, her passion for fundraising and food pairs perfectly with the mission and work of Urban Gleaners.
Food & Logistics Director
After volunteering with Urban Gleaners for over a year, Jess officially joined the team in 2017. Jess has managed teams and implemented new processes for over a decade and now she’s brought her organizational skills to the Urban Gleaners warehouse. Aside from identifying mystery foods, rummaging through produce, helping things go smoothly, or just shuffling crates, it has been said that she is the wizard of the warehouse.
Rachel came to us through the Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) and recently transitioned from a volunteer to admiistrative staff. She grew up in Cincinnati and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Earlham College. While at college, she lived at the farm there and became increasingly passionate about food justice. Alongside food justice, Rachel also has a strong interest in community organizing and urban planning; how a small group can come together to serve the larger community. Both of these interests perfectly align with the Urban Gleaners mission and we’re excited to have her!