Any organization is only as good as their people. Luckily, our people are wonderful.

Tracy Oseran

Tracy Oseran

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.

Clare stager

Clare stager

Program Director

A Portland native, Clare found Urban Gleaners after launching her own fight against “empty” food through her own business, Ground Breaking Bread. She studied Journalism and Business at the University of Oregon, and is happiest when chatting with new people and offering a helping hand. In her spare time she’s leading local yoga classes, teaching kids about the magnificent outdoors or surfing in cold Oregon swells on the coast.

Ashley Hess

Ashley Hess

Development Director

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.

Rudy Speerschneider

Rudy Speerschneider

Director of Operations

Rudy has worked in the food industry for nearly 20 years, 10 of them in ice cream specifically. One thing that he always wished he could do something about was not having to waste uneaten food (yes, that even happens with ice cream). Well, his wish has come true, and now he is! Rudy is actually quite into not wasting things. He lives in a tiny house and builds compost toilets. Rudy also never wastes a day enjoying time with his wife, Heather, and new baby, Celeste.
Ethan Goldblatt

Ethan Goldblatt

Warehouse Supervisor

 

Ethan reins from the Bay area originally, but has spent quite a few years here educating his brain and working in the service industry (specifically wine), working in warehouses and operations (specifically salt), and logging hours drawing on computers (specifically doing graphic design). He studied food systems and environmentalism at Lewis and Clark, and is overall “stoked” about Urban Gleaners.

Alec Boehm

Community Support Associate

Alec is honored and proud to be working with Urban Gleaners. As a child, he collected stamps.

Jason Howd

Community Support Associate

Jason has worked with food in the Portland area for almost two decades. A man of many hats — bread baker, pastry chef, farmers market manager, chocolatier, caterer, and journalist — Jason received a degree in Communication and Latin American Studies from PSU, and has since focused his reporting on food security/insecurity both locally and abroad. Look for his smiling face and have a chat! He loves seeing happy people go home with a full bag of awesome food.

Wesley mozil

Community Support Associate

Wesley hails from the great white north (Canada, eh). They enjoy cowboy boots, juice, and building pallet furniture. If they’re not at Urban Gleaners trimming hedges or rescuing food, you will find them out in nature building fires and hiking around.

Richard Pacheco

Community Support Associate

Richard is a ninja. He has extensive experience in food service. And on occasion, we learn some new and esoteric fact about our coworker.

Jordan Roach

Community Support Associate

Jordan is a left handed, overly proud born and raised Oregonian. He loves IPA’s, music, his Dachshund and his wife, Kristina. When he’s not at Urban Gleaners you’ll find him playing guitar with his band, sitting outside at a happy hour with his dog and wife, or figuring out how to keep the rats away from his tomatoes.

LUCA toWNSEND

Community Support Associate

 

Luca is a Portland raised, queer activist, guitar slasher and dog lover. Once a dependent of his local food bank, his heart is filled with joy to now be able to give back to the community in a substantial way. With a passion for social justice and combating climate change, he is incredibly humbled to be a part of the Urban Gleaners team.

Amanda Pack

Tracy's Small Batch Granola - Head Baker

 

Granola baker, cruciverbalist, pluviophile, cryptid enthusiast. Amanda went to culinary school kind of on a whim, has been in baking for over ten years, and is really happy with how it ultimately turned out. She has technically seen a UFO, and she wasn’t even alone at the time, ask Shawn if you don’t believe her.

Jaime Landsverk

Tracy's Small Batch Granola - Assistant Baker

A friend once called her a “swiss army knife” after she told them her background. In addition to the food and service industry, Jaime has also worked in healthcare, youth empowerment and activism nonprofit, farming, and action sports industries. Originally from MN, she has also lived in San Diego, CA and Estes Park, CO before landing in Oregon in 2014. Her education includes an Individualized BA focused on Social Action, a certificate in Medical Herbalism, and a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition. With a heart for supporting her community and a love for food, she is happy to be able to further the mission of Urban Gleaners via Tracy’s Small Batch Granola. When not standing on a stepstool tossing granola, Jaime can be found wearing (in addition to a beanie) the many hats required for starting her own small food business Sidekick Provisions, camping, snowboarding, cooking and or paying too much attention to her houseplants. Her plug of the year: make sure you’re registered to vote!

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Chewy

 

 

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Thank you to our wonderful board & ambassador board.