Welcome Our New Executive Director!


Dear friends, partners, and supporters,

 On behalf of the Board of Directors of Oregon Walks, I am delighted to share great news — following an extended search that brought us more than two dozen highly qualified candidates, we have selected Jess Thompson to join Oregon Walks as our next Executive Director and leader to champion walkable communities for all in Oregon.  

10 of the 24 people killed using Portland streets so far this year were walking, a percentage that is nearly five times the national average. Five people were killed in traffic-related fatalities in March alone. Late last Wednesday night, on October 10th, 54-year-old Loan T. Diep was killed while crossing outer SE Division near 138th ave when she was hit by two reckless drivers. Only one stayed to face the consequences. While that section of Division was closed for investigation of this horrific act, a third reckless driver swerved around the road closure and into the crime scene, narrowly missing one of the investigators.


That this happened on our Portland streets, in a neighborhood dense with homes, businesses, a college campus and numerous social service providers, is unacceptable - though, at this point, hardly surprising. Outer Division has long been Portland’s deadliest corridor for pedestrians, with 19 people killed and 129 seriously injured on Division in the last decade. Loan T. Diep was the fourth pedestrian who lost their life on outer Division this year. Less than three months ago, James F. Deery, 69, was hit 20 blocks away, and later died in hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Join us!

Friday, November 2nd
Cocktail hour at  6pm, dinner and program at 7pm

Atrium Ballroom at The Hilton in downtown Portland


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