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.
Nico Nordin

Nico Nordin

Finance Director

Born and raised just a few tributaries to the north along the I-5 corridor in Kelso, WA, it took Nico 6+ of her recent years living in the Sierra Nevada’s to realize that the Pacific Northwest is truly her home. With 6 years of prior non-profit experience, Nico brings significant financial savvy, a determined work ethic, and a deep passion for the environment to the table. Spending most of her free time snowboarding or surfing, Portland was the perfect place to settle down and find work that immersed her in the community. 

Azul Tellez Wright

Azul Tellez Wright

Community and Program Outreach Associate

Azul grew up in Portland before studying Environmental Studies and Art at Connecticut College. She has worked for a number of food justice nonprofits, including farmers markets and CSA programs, as well as in kitchens. She is passionate about increasing access to healthy foods while simultaneously supporting small farmers. In her free time she likes to mess around with fabric paint and felt for her clothing line. 

Luca Townsend

Luca Townsend

Community Support and Warehouse Lead

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.

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.

Jeff Monday

Community Support Associate

A writer by nature, Jeff ironically has a hard time talking about himself. Suffice to say, he spent his younger years jumping out of the very first airplane he got into, tobogganing down a glacier and bartending into the wee hours too, too many nights. Surviving all that, he is now ecstatic to be a part of an organization dedicated to making a difference. Change begins with each one of us. 

Amber Durkin

Community Support Associate

 

Amber grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s in Northern CA. She studied Geography at University of Nevada, Reno where she completed her undergrad and is currently back in school studying Sustainable Food Systems and Leadership for Sustainability Education at PSU. She is passionate about seeking food justice and ensuring equitable access to healthy food for all. In her free time, expect to find her mountain biking, hiking, foraging for mushrooms, making earrings, camping or hot springing. Nothing makes her happier than some time spent outside.

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.

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Chewy

 

 

Thank you to our wonderful board & ambassador board.