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 OperationsDiana has taught astronomy, run for governor of California, designed knitting patterns, and written database software—and now she is thrilled to be working at Urban Gleaners, continuing her passion for connecting people to their foodshed. Diana comes to Portland by way of San José, where she cooked and farmed at Veggielution Urban Farming Project and created Veggie Box, an oasis of organic produce and groceries in the downtown food desert.
Director of DevelopmentAshley 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.
DriverBen became an Urban Gleaners staff member in 2015, and he is thrilled to be a part of a team that is devoted to food rescue and redistribution. The Clark Kent to Ben’s gleaner superman is a musician and mariner–you might find him performing music around town, teaching guitar lessons as part of Portland Music Collective, or captaining a boat on the Lower Willamette and Columbia rivers.
DriverMatteson joined the Urban Gleaner’s team in 2017, with a background in direct social service work. They speak 6 languages well enough to get a decent cup of coffee, and they enjoy learning more. In their free time, Matteson pets two needy cats, spins their own yarn for knitting projects, and rants about food injustice.
DriverSpencer joined the team in 2017, broadening his experience in the local food system. Spencer runs Tanager Farm, a two-acre vegetable farm that feeds the community through a CSA program, as well as through direct sales to restaurants and markets. Spencer is interested in the intersection of farming, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
Warehouse ManagerAfter 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.
FellowRachel came to us through Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) and is volunteering with us through July 2018 as our Programs Assistant. 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!
DriverRichard has been with Urban Gleaners longer than any other employee. He is a food rescue ninja, with a deep knowledge of our operations.
DriverCharlie loves bringing a smile to people’s faces when he delivers fresh food. He’s happy to be driving for a good cause.